Shaah-e-Cheraq or Shaah-Gheraq (lit. the King of the Light) is the name of one of the biggest and most beautiful mosques in Iran where the tombs of two brothers descending of the eight Imam of the Shiites are found. Many pilgrims come to this site on annual basis in an invocation to the holy figures buried there for making their wishes come true and obliterating hardships and obstacles raised against their course of life. Witnessing the religious rituals of the Shiites along with the sublime architecture, tiling, and mirrorwork used in the construction of this mosque attract quite may tourists to this funerary and religious monument.
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Shaah-Cheraq lived at the time of Abbasid Dynasty (circa. from mid-eight century to early ninth century AD) It is said that he was on the course of a journey to meet his brother, Imam Riza, from Medina to Mashhad. However, the state forces followed him and eventually murdered him in 817 AD. The initial construction of Shaah-Cheraq took place around 12 century AD. Through the course of many years, and as a consequence to certain natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, it suffered from various damages and had been frequently attempted to be preserved and protected. Its latest renovation and reconstruction, however, took place in 1960 AD, and by one the greatest Iranian masters of art.
Shaah-Cheraq's Remarkable Mirrorworks
The shrine's interior, too, is remarkably decorated with mirrorwork, tilting, and beautiful Arabic and Farsi calligraphy. In front of the shrine, there is an eivan and, in addition, there are four alcoves (chambers installed high above the ground to preserve coolness.) The interior space of the shrine, right under its dome, is enshrined by a beautiful silver net. The campus of this mosque has two main entries. There is also a dock in the middle of that area surrounded by trees. The tomb of Mir'Seyyed Ahmed is located on the west and that of Mir'Seyyed Muhammad on the northeast of this campus.
Shaah-Cheraq is located at the center of Shiraz and taxis and buses are found in every corner of the city heading there. It is located nearby Vakil Complex, including Vakil Bazar.
Taking pictures inside the shrine is not allowed and doing so in the campus is allowed on condition that one of the guides of shrine accompany you. It is mandatory for women to wear Chador or Islamic dress code (Hijab) which is available free of charge and distributed among visitors. There is a separate section for properties where you can leave your possessions and valuable items right at the entryway of the shrine. If you have already made plans for most of the daytime and thus have not much free time available during the day, it is possible to leave visiting the mosque for nighttime.