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Shahcheragh shrine- Atigh mosque

After lunch
we continued our tour
Atigh mosque
Shah Cheragh is the tomb of Seyed Amir Ahmad, known as Shah-e Cheragh, the brother of Imam Reza, came to Shiraz in the latter half of the 8th century. He died in the city and his tomb is now a venerated place of pilgrimage.
The structure, of tilework and the dome of the mausoleum have been rebuilt a number of times over the centuries. The tomb, the beautiful silver doors and the exquisite mirrorwork of the sanctuary are the works of the 19th century Shirazi master and contemporary artists. The simple ivan to the east of the sanctuary adds to the overall beauty of the structure.

Attiq Friday Mosque

The most interesting and oldest of the buildings in the old town of Shiraz, is the Friday Mosque, also called the Masjid-e Attiq. Begun in 894 by the Saffarid Amr ibn-e Laith, the building has suffered the vicissitudes of earthquake, devastation and restoration, and its earlier element now visible in the curious Khoda Khaneh (House of the God) in the center of the court, added by Is’haq Inju in 1351 (and restored in mid-40s) to house copies of the blessed Koran. It was built in imitation of Ka’ba at Mecca, round which pilgrims were bound as a religious act to circumambulate seven times.
In each corner there stands a tower and on each side an ivan supported by two pillars, forming a room in the center where a Koran is kept. On the exterior of the structure is an inscription in Thulth script, the work of the celebrated calligrapher of the period, Yahya al-Sufi al-Jamali. The inscription in relief is on stone and is the only one of its kind to be found in a mosque in Iran. To the south of the mosque, is a large shabestan (prayer hall) and the facade of the ivan on this side is decorated with delightful mosaic faience dating from the reign of the Safavid Shah Soleiman (16th century).

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