Bagh-e Naranjestan is Shiraz’s smallest garden and is famous as the setting for the opulently decorated Naranjestan-e Ghavam pavilion,...
Khan-e Zinat ol-Molk
Down a small lane beside the garden is the Khan-e Zinat ol-Molk , which was originally the private, andaruni area of the complex and is...
In 1615, Imam Gholi Khan, governor of Fars, founded this serene theological college for about 100 students. The original building has...
Seray-e Mehr Teahouse & Restaurant
This is a serendipitous place to find after wandering through the Bazar-e Vakil. Hidden away through a small door behind the Saray-e...
Lonely Planet review
Down the road from the Madraseh-ye Khan is one of the most elegant and photographed mosques in southern Iran. Built at the end of the 19th century, its coloured tiling (an unusually deep shade of blue) is exquisite. There are some particularly fine muqarnas in the smallish outer portal and in the northern iwan, but the stained glass, carved pillars and polychrome faience of the winter prayer hall are the most eye-catching features. Photographers should come as early as possible in the morning for shots of the hall lit up through the glass (you might have to tip the caretaker to open the curtains). A museum in the opposite prayer hall opens into the Gav Cha (Cow Well), in which cows walked downhill to raise the water. The structure has survived numerous earthquakes, due in part to its construction using flexible wood as struts within the walls – look for the wooden bricks in the iwan columns.
Don’t rely on the mosque’s official opening hours. Basically, it’s open whenever the elderly caretakers are on-site. Mornings are best.