Iranians’ mosques are among the most beautiful mosques around the world. As it was a place to worship, they always wanted it to look its best. Each mosque in Iran has its own history and distinct style. No two mosques are the same. They have their own beauty and glamor. The Vakil Mosque in Shiraz is one of them. It is not only one of the greatest mosques in Shiraz but also it is so popular in Iran. Therefore, whenever you go to Shiraz, you can see the Vakil Mosque just a few minutes away from the Nasirolmolk Mosque, and visit two of the best mosques in Iran all in one day.
A Brief History about Vakil Mosque Shiraz
The construction of Vakil Mosque Shiraz dates back to the Zandiyeh era. Karim Khan Zand, who was the ruler of this dynasty, chose Shiraz as his Kingdome capital. Therefore, he ordered to build different structures all around the city such as the Karim Khan Citadel or the Vakil Mosque. As he really cared about his people, most of the buildings were built to serve their needs, such as the mosque or the bazaar and the most important of them the bath. Because of all his works for the people, he was called “Vakil Al-Roaya” which means the representative of people or even their attorney. Therefore, all the buildings which have been constructed under his order have the Vakil name, such as the Vakil Bath or the Vakil Bazaar.
It’s been said that the Vakil Complex was built to make people’s life easier. So to serve their needs, Karim Khan also ordered to make the mosque toilets even before making the Shabestan. He thought that this part of the building which takes care of people’s health and hygiene is more important than the other parts and he might be forgiven by God because of making this section rather than the whole mosque. That might be another reason why he was so popular among people.
Vakil Mosque was built in 2 years but an earthquake had damaged some parts of it, especially the tilings. But it was repaired during the Qajar dynasty.
Vakil Mosque Architecture
Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8600 square meters. It has two iwans on the northern and southern sides of a large open court. You can see the beautiful tiling all around the mosque. The minbar of this mosque is cut from a solid piece of green marble which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Zand period. It also has 14 steps. What is so impressive in Vakil mosque is its pillars which are equally shaped and make an eye-catching view.
There is a tiling inscription at the entrance of the mosque in which the Quran verses are written. It was added to the Vakil Mosque during the Qajar era when Fath Ali Shah Qajar decided to restore the building in the 19th century. The floral decorative tiles also date back to this period. Although it was common to build mosques with domes, the Vakil Mosque doesn’t have any dome.
Places nearby Vakil Mosque Shiraz
The Vakil Mosque is located in Taleghani Street between Lotfalikhan Zand and Karim Khan Zand streets. The Vakil Bath and Vakil Bazaar are situated at the same place so you can visit altogether. It is easy to get to the Karimkhan Citadel from this place which will only take 7 minutes on foot. Shahcheragh Holy Shrine is another religious tourist attraction in Shiraz which is so close to the Vakil mosque. Since it is only 1 km away which can be reached either on foot or by car. The Nasirolmolk Mosque, which also called the “Pink Mosque” is another great attraction which is only 5 minutes far from the Vakil Mosque by car.
There are great restaurants and cafes in this area which have the best quality and delicious food. The distance of the Vakil Complex to the Zandiyeh Hotel, which is one of the best hotels in Shiraz, is 1.5 km which can be reached in 6 minutes by car.
How to get to Vakil Mosque Shiraz
The Vakil Mosque Shiraz is easily accessible from Shohada Square. There is a bus stop there named Shahrdari bus stop if you take a bus and land off in this station you can easily walk to the Vakil Mosque which will only take 7 minutes.
The Vakil Mosque is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm.
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