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Stunning “Pink Mosque” Bathes Early Morning Visitors in a Brilliant Kaleidoscopic Light

You wouldn’t realize it from the outside, but the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran is bursting at the seams with vibrant interior hues. Known as the Pink Mosque, its design earns the nickname with its overwhelming amount of rose-colored tiles, punctuated by many patterned stained glass windows. Together, they immerse the visitor in a dizzying array of artistry that’s present at every turn.

Although the 19th-century mosque never wavers in its breathtaking beauty, the morning is the best time to appreciate it. According to one photographer named Koach, it’s when the light beams through the windows and illuminates the tile in rainbows. “The sight of the morning sunlight shining through the colorful stained glass,” he explained, “then falling over the tightly woven Persian carpet, is so bewitching that it seems to be from another world.”

Photo credit: Amin Abedini

Photo credit: Dave Wong

Photo credit: kholmang

Photo credit: kholmang

Photo credit: kholmang

Photo credit: Omid Jafarnezhad

Photo credit: Koach

Photo credit: Marco Antonini

Photo credit: Koach

Photo credit: Martin Yhlen

via [Reddit]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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