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Shah  Cheragh

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Shah Cheragh

Shāh Chérāgh (Persian: شاه چراغ‎‎) is a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims.

Amir Ahmad and his brother Mir Muhammad, both of whom were brothers of Imam Reza, took refuge in Shiraz following Abbasid persecution of the Shi’ite sect (Amir Ahmad died or was murdered in 835). The brothers’ tombs, originally only simple mausoleums, became celebrated pilgrimage destinations in the 14th century when the pious and art-loving Queen Tashi Khatun erected a mosque and theological school by the tombs. Known locally as Shah Cherag or the ‘King of Light’, the exquisite tomb of Amir Ahmad is a place of truly stunning beauty. The enormous dome above the shrine is inlaid with hundreds of thousands of pieces of finely crafted tile and the interior walls are likewise covered with myriad pieces of dazzling cut glass intermixed with multi-colored tiles. In the same complex is the mausoleum of Mir Muhammad.

Tomb of Seyed Ahmad, titled “shah cheragh”. The first building of the tomb was constructed during  the kingdom of Azad ud-Doleh Deilami, During Zangids era, a dome was constructed above it. From then on, in every era, new parts and adornments were added to it.

The internal quadrangle of Shah e Cheragh is completely crystal adorned and it has beautiful long sash windows.

Holding the prayer in courtyard of Shah e Cheragh exhibits and impressive scene.

The mosque has been maintained and repaired and shines brightly even today. The increasingly sprawling site is still an extremely important pilgrimage location for Shia Muslims, however visitors of any faith are likely to marvel at the sheer beauty of this glassy wonder.