Many people, myself included, associate the name ‘Shiraz‘ with the wine. I think of vineyards and rolling hills. I guess I think of a Persian Tuscany. That’s not too accurate. Shiraz is no Tuscany, it is its own place. It is a place of poets, a lush oasis in the desert, and a thriving city with over 3000 years of history. It is one of the first destinations I visited in Iran, and it was there that I fell in love with the country.
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (The Pink Mosque)
Constructed in the 19th century, the Pink Mosque is a relic of Qajar-era architecture that is known (and nicknamed) for the extensive use of pink painted tiles for decoration. Made from gold, the pink dye was incredibly expensive to make–a fact which highlights the lavishness of the mosque.