By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Illegal Photos Reveal The Forbidden Beauty Of Iran’s Holiest Shrine.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Iran, make sure to stop at Shah-e-Cheragh, a funerary monument and mosque known for its sparkling interior in the city of Shiraz, Shah-e-Cheragh, which translates as 'King of the Light,' is home to the tombs of Amir Ahmad and Mir Muhammad. It is also the most significant pilgrimage destination in the city. If you're looking at Iran as a whole, it is the third most celebrated pilgrimage center, just after Imam Reza in Mashhad and Fatima in Qum, according to the Iran Review.

Who exactly were Amir Ahmad and Mir Muhammad? They were the brothers of Imam Reza, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad as well as his eighth successor Shia Imam. They took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of the Shi'ite sect and were believed to be killed in 835 AD.

The tombs were minimal at first but Queen Tashi Khatu later expanded and beautified the area with a series of repairs. Although none of her original buildings remain today, subsequent generations continued to repair the mosque.

Continue reading for photos and history of this marvelous structure.

From the Outside

When visiting Shah-e-Cheragh in Shiraz, Iran, you'll notice that the exterior is beautifully and naturally decorated, the colors almost blending in with its surroundings.

A Look Inside

But once you step inside, you'll wonder if you're in Oz because of the glittering emerald interior.

You'll stand in awe of hundreds of thousands of tile and cut glass. It's brilliant, stunning, and a surreal experience.


Before it was transformed into a glittering structure, Shah-e-Cheragh was discovered by Ayatullah Dastghā'ib. Form a distance, he saw a light, and went to see what it was about. He learned that it was the burial site of the sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim.

The Original Site

The tombs were first built in the 12th century by a chief minister, who also produced a tomb chamber, a dome, and a porch lined with columns.

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