Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Basking in Quiet Beauty in a Small Mosque in IranIn a country full of gorgeous mosques, one of the most delightful is this small one in Shiraz, Nasir-al-Molk. Its size doesn’t diminish its splendor. With richly woven carpets made and donated by members of the mosque, some of whom spent years weaving them, and vibrantly painted ceilings with intricate metal lamps hanging from them, plus colorful stained-glass windows, it’s a study in quiet beauty. The small space accentuates the craftsmanship and detail. For a few moments, my husband, guide and I had the place to ourselves, padding across the carpets in our stocking feet, only the click of my camera occasionally breaching the serene silence. Wonderful ... it was worth waiting for other tourists to leave.