Vakil mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Shiraz which built in Karim Khan Zand period, using best available materials in that time. The mosque is so beautiful that Pierre Loti mentioned it as “azure and turquoise palace” in “to Isfahan”, his travel book. Join Zhivar to know this beautiful mosque better.
Why Shiraz’s Vakil mosque?
It’s one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran.
It’s near Vakil bazaar and Vakil bath so you can see these two places as well.
It has an amazing architecture and is renowned for its beautiful columns.
You can see eye-catching decorations and colors in this mosque.
Vakil mosque | Karim Khan Zand’s memorable
Just enter the Shiraz’s entrance asking for Darb-e-shahzade’s neighborhood, to set up a set of attractions in front of you and make dreamy your journey in this city. At the corner of this place there is Vakil mosque that brings you inside and opens up a new window to your eyes.
This mosque also known as Soltani mosque, built by Karim Khan Zand’s order and remained from Zand period.
The mosque is located in the neighborhood of Vakil bazaar and Vakil bath which together they form the Vakil complex. Vakil mosque is located in the western part of the bazaar, at the end of the Shishegarha’s passageway, and Its about 100 meters away from the bath. The width of this building beside the beauty and architectural principles used in this mosque has made it one of the most popular buildings in Shiraz. The mosque is managed by the Shiraz’s organization of endowment and charity, and its name numbered 182 in the national list of monuments, from July 9 1932.
Vakil mosque’s history
Many of us know Karim khan Zand; the king which during his reign, built valuable and glorious buildings in Iran and left a precious heritage. Shiraz was the center of his command and has always been on the king’s attention. At the time of his rule, he built stunning buildings in Shiraz, and transformed the city into one of the most eye-catching and advanced cities of that period. Vakil mosque, Vakil bath and Vakil bazaar are the remains of the same era known as Vakil complex.
According to the documents, the date of construction of the mosque is about 1181 AH. Information from Iranian ancient writings shows that mosque’s architectures and builders, at the same time as the construction of the bazaar and field, have been engaged in the construction of this religious building.
Historical quotations and texts indicate that Vakil mosque was restored by Hossein-ali-mirza-farmanfarma, Fath-ali-shah’s son. Part of the roof tiles has also been restored by the antiques protection department and a budget was dedicated to reconstruction and restoration of the building.
Pierre Loti –French author and tourist- introduced the Vakil mosque in “to Isfahan” the travel book, as follows:
Today, fortunately, I succeeded entering the Karim Khan mosque. Undoubtedly, if I stay here for a long time I’ll enter all the places that they are now completely forbidden to enter them. The people of this city are so gentle and kind to me. The mosque’s architecture and mosaics are simple and abstract, but everywhere there are inlays and green and red color. And this luxury has reached its limits.
No part of the wall can be found that has not been carefully inlaid. Now we are in azure and turquoise palace.
Vakil mosque’s address
Vakil mosque is located near Vakil bazaar and its on Taleghani street in Shiraz. You can also see the location of the mosque on the map.
Access to Vakil mosque
You won’t have much trouble finding public transportation to reach Vakil mosque. The location of this mosque is near the Shahrdari square, one of the main squares of Shiraz, which makes it very easy to access. Although the Shahrdari square has not been yet connected to the subway system, but you can go to the Namazi square by Shiraz subway, line 1, and from there take the bus or taxi to the Shahrdari square. it takes a few minutes to walk from Shahrdari square to Vakil mosque.