Shah-e-Cheragh shrine complex

October 5, 2011 - 13:56

altShah-e-Cheragh, the funerary monument and mosque, is the most important place of pilgrimage within the historic city of Shiraz.
However, after the shrines of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad and Hazrat Fatima Masume (SA) in Qum, the mausoleum is the third most venerated pilgrimage destination in the country. 
The shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh which literally translates to the king of the lamp, is housing the tomb of Sayyed Mir Ahmad, the brother of Imam Reza (AS), who died in 835 CE.
The mausoleum was first erected over the grave during the 12th century but most of what a visitor can see dates from the late 19th century onward.
It attracts large numbers of pilgrims who can also rest and relax in the vast courtyard outside the shrine. They enjoy the water and sit in the shade of the trees, using the space as Persian gardens have always been used. Bare hills can be seen over the tops of the buildings, reminding visitors of the blessings bestowed on those who visit the shrine.
The shrine’s massive dome is inlaid with hundreds of thousands of pieces of finely crafted tile and the interior walls are likewise covered with myriad pieces of dazzling cut glass intermixed with multi-colored tiles. 
The decorative work in a mosaic of mirror glass, the inscriptions in stucco, the ornamentation, the doors covered with panels of silver, the portico, and the wide courtyard are most attractive. The tomb, with its latticed railing, is in an alcove between the space beneath the dome and the mosque. And this custom of placing the tomb in this position, so that it is not directly under the dome, is to be seen in other famous places of pilgrimage in the city of Shiraz, and may be considered a special feature of Shiraz shrines. Two short minarets, situated at each end of the columned portico, add impressiveness to the mausoleum, and to the spacious courtyard, which surrounds it on three sides. 
Inscribed on the Iran’s national heritage list, the shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh is the city’s most notable religious site.