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[:RU]One of the most beautiful mausoleums in the world[:]

[:RU]How long have you been in the mausoleum? A truly beautiful mausoleum, where at some point even forget about the true destination of the place where you are?
Shah Cheragh in Iran’s Shiraz amazing — beautiful from the outside and even more beautiful, if you go into the courtyard, and surpassing all expectations when you will get into the mausoleum, is both a mosque.
In fact Shah Cherah — the same mirror mosque, the famous and unique in its kind. Inside, it literally sparkles and shimmers due to the fact that all the interior from floor to ceiling, decorated with pieces of mirror glass, as well as thousands of plates of silver and gold. It is no exaggeration fantastic beauty …

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2. While in Shiraz, in the Shah Cheragh go simply necessary because the other place in the world you will not find.
And go better or before sunset, when the marble courtyard colored with crimson flowers sunset sky, or in the evening, when it dark. All the area around the mausoleum and the mausoleum itself, thanks to the illuminated, looks like in 1000 and 1 night.
Keep in mind, at the entrance of the mausoleum must complete the inspection and, if necessary, inspection of things — backpacks, bags, photographic equipment. Among the Iranian holy sites and attractions that we visited, we met such a procedure only here. This is due to the fact that the mausoleum XIV (!!!) century is a place of pilgrimage for a number of Muslims. Why? More about this later.

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3. Please explain how the mausoleum came to this place.
Shah Cherah — magnificent funerary monument, which contains the tombs of two brothers, Ahmed and Mohammed, the sons of Musa al-Kadhim and brothers of Imam Reza. The brothers sought refuge in Shiraz during the Abbasid persecution of Muslims.
Erected a mausoleum in the XIV century when ruler Tashi Khatun. «Shah-e-Cherah» in Persian means «Lord of light.» This is a place name derives from the history of their discovery. Ayatollah Dastahib saw from a distance the light and decided to find its source. Approached, he noticed that the light comes from the grave in the cemetery. Tomb, from which came the light, was dug up, and in it — in body armor and with a ring on his hand. The inscription on the ring reads: «Honor belongs to God, Ahmed, son of Musa». Thus, it became clear that at this point are buried the sons of al-Kadhim.

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4. Today, the monument is made ​​up of the original portico with ten columns on the east side of the mausoleum with spacious alcoves with four sides of the mosque on the west side of the mausoleum, several halls and tombs.
In fact, it is a complex of two mausoleums: the first are the remains of the saint Sayyid Ahmad of the World kind of prophet Muhammad, died in this city in 835, his brother Imam Reza, who fled from Medina to Persia after a quarrel with the Caliph Harun al-Rashid, was killed earlier in Mashhad. The sarcophagus with the coffin of Sayyid Ahmad Mir, shimmering under the light of chandeliers, standing in the center of the mirror hall of the mausoleum. In the second, less rich and the mausoleum buried scale Sayyid Mir Muhammad — Peace brother Sayyid Ahmad and Imam Reza. And it is the tomb of Sayyid Ahmad Mir flowing streams Muslims for nearly 700 years.

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5. Interestingly, the two complex was heavily damaged during earthquakes — in 1588 and in 1852. Both times it was restored. Last holiness revival lasted a century.
In the form in which we see it today, the mausoleum of Shah Cheragh appears since 1958

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6. View of the main mausoleum

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7. In front of the mosque is a pool with fountains. The night illumination of the mosque-mausoleum looks especially beautiful from the outside, but the day looks quite typical and a little different from other similar buildings in Shiraz. That’s why I recommend coming here in the dark.

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8. Marble slabs for fountain paved with carpets, while praying here all busy bowed figures of people.
But the most important thing inside. And it is necessary to see with their own eyes!
On both sides of the tomb are built for men and women queue — the faithful come to the saint with their requests (men come from the left, women — on the right). It should be noted that all incoming required to remove their shoes at the threshold of the mausoleum.

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9. When you get inside and see the interior of the sanctuary, you know what a fantastic beauty. The surface of the walls and dome sparkles and shines pieces of mirrors. The decor of the present jewelry and silver plate. Mirror elements have a certain shape and color, so they shimmer in green, gold and silver tones on its own. Complementing the rich splendor of huge, emits a yellowish light gold chandeliers and many carpets on the floor.

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10. The dome inside is entirely paved with fragments of mirrors, glass, green and turquoise colors of beryl and precious stones. The light rays are refracted in a fantastically precious chandeliers.

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11. Tomb, which is typical of the mausoleums of Shiraz, is not located directly under the dome, and in the alcove between the mausoleums and mosques.

12. Keep in mind, take pictures inside the mausoleum is strictly forbidden, but … judging by what you see here, these pictures, there are always options.
If you want to not only see what looks like a mosque inside the mirror, but also to take some pictures without the risk of incurring anger ministers, which in a lot of algorithm operates as follows: On the territory of the front of the mosque attendant with sash over his shoulder, clarify whether he spoke in English. If he does not say immediately podzovet its English-speaking counterpart on the same sling. These are special ministers who help tourists and pilgrims. Tell him that they had come from afar, and would very much like to make a few shots inside. This person will take you to the mosque, will together with you, explain to ministers inside that you take some pictures, and hold on the premises of the mosque, is always close to no one asked you questions with claims on Photography.

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13. One of the fabulous chandeliers Mosque

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14. The decoration of the ceiling. Interestingly, just tilt the camera, and the colors in the picture will be very different — from yellow to blue-green. All this is achieved thanks to the play of light in mirrors and plates on the vaults and walls.

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16. Mirror mosque made a tremendous impression on me, instantly removing all the questions: «Why did we come to this city? Absolutely nothing to do here. » Mirror mosque. Only in order to see all this splendor, is to call in Shiraz …

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