A day of pilgrimage to Shah-e Cheragh

March 2, 2019

TEHRAN – Shah-e Cheragh (“King of Light”) is a major mausoleum and pilgrimage site in the touristic city of Shiraz, southern Iran.

The dazzling shrine of mirrored tiles is where Sayyed Mir Ahmad, one of brothers of Imam Reza (AS), is laid to rest. Each day, it draws hundreds of the faithful from all over the country or even abroad.

The mausoleum boasts architectural elements and motifs from various centuries and its courtyard and tilework represent relatively modern embellishments from the late-Qajar period. Its blue-tiled dome is flanked by dazzling gold-tipped minarets.

There is also a modest museum in the northwestern corner of the courtyard, next to the shrine, which showcases shrine-related objects, including some highly prized old Qurans and an exquisite door embellished with silver and gold.

Visitors are welcome to enter the courtyard in the middle of the complex but entrance to the shrine is not usually permitted to non-Muslims. Photography with large digital cameras are not permitted.

Women must wear chador (open cloaks that leave the face exposed) within the whole shrine complex, available for free at the women’s entrance.

The mausoleum has underwent various restoration projects over time. It was registered on the National Heritage List in 1939.

Here is a select of comments that visitors to the Shah-e Cheragh have posted to TripAdvisor, one of the most popular travel websites in the world:

“Pray place”

So nice place and many people is there for pray and I like here so much, in the night time very nice place. (Liam P. from Rome, Italy; reviewed January 2019)

“Just amazing!”

Wonderful shrine, and the attendant was so kind and helpful…Amazing mirrored spaces, but the colors are derived from the illuminating lights, not the myriad mirrors. If you are in Shiraz, this is not to be missed. (R-R2025 from Macclesfield, the UK; reviewed January 2019)

“Most beautiful mosque”

The interior of the mosque is amazing, covered in different color mirrors…a local guide takes you round for free. Not an in depth tour but they are there to answer any questions you may have. (FinnianOD from London, United Kingdom; reviewed December 2018)

“Must see”

This place is very famous among tourists and if you are lucky and get a guide, then the visit will be great, free entrance. (Piotr M. from Warsaw, Poland; reviewed October 2018)

“Jaw-dropping mirror mosaics”

Decided to drop by this place on my last day in Shiraz. I was completely floored when I entered the first shrine. The entire ceiling and walls are completely covered in multi-colored mirror mosaics or different shapes and sizes giving the impression that the entire place is covered with shimmering diamonds…. “Bryan G. from Perth, Australia; reviewed September 2018)

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