Shah-e Cheragh

Shah-e Cheragh

Shah-e Cheragh is a shrine and mosque in Shiraz, Fars province, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Imam Musa Al-Kazem (AS) and brothers of Imam Reza (AS), who demised in 835 CE.

 

The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shiite Muslims.

The tombs became celebrated pilgrimage centers in the 14th century ,Shah-e Cheragh is Persian for “King of the Light”. The mosque is the most important place of pilgrimage in Shiraz. It attracts large numbers of pilgrims who can also rest and relax in the vast courtyard of the shrine.

They enjoy the pond and sit in the shade of trees lining the courtyard, which are key features of Persian gardens.

The shrine’s massive dome is inlaid with hundreds of thousands of pieces of finely crafted tiles and the interior walls are likewise covered with myriad pieces of dazzling glass intermixed with multi-colored tiles.

The decorative work in a mosaic of mirrors, the inscriptions in stucco, the ornamentation, the doors covered with panels of silver, the portico and the wide courtyard are very attractive.

The tomb, with its latticed railing, is in an alcove between the space beneath the dome and the mosque.

And this custom of placing the tomb in this position, so that it is not directly under the dome, is to be seen in other famous places of pilgrimage in the city of Shiraz, and may be considered a special feature of the city’s shrines.

Two short minarets, situated at each end of the columned portico, add impressiveness to the mausoleum, and to the spacious courtyard, which surrounds it on three sides.

Inscribed on Iran’s National Heritage List, the shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh is the city’s most notable religious site.