The largest mosque in Iran is a mosque with an area of about 2 hectares, built across from Shahcheragh Shrine. The "New" or "Martyrs" mosque, is also known as the Grand Mosque, and its construction dates back to Atabakan period. It is believed that Atabak Saad Ibn Zangi vowed to turn his house into a mosque if his son recovered from a severe illness.
Several earthquakes damaged the mosque at different times, but it has been regularly rebuilt and restored. Nou Mosque has 24 wide columns in its nave. The northern part of the mosque is built parallel to the southern part of it, and on both sides of the arch, we see a portico with 12 brick arches. Many of the patterns have been lost and only the name of Nasser al-Din Shah of Qajar remains.
In a Nutshell
Nou Mosque is the second oldest mosque in Shiraz (the first being Atiq Mosque), and is considered the largest mosque in Iran. What distinguishes historical mosques for tourists is their position in the historical landscape of Shiraz, which helps them get acquainted with the style and flow of the old texture of the city and its dynamism.
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