By Raven Fon
Even though this breathtaking creation has been damaged by people, nature, and time, it still shines like the brightest emerald in the world.
There is a bit of mystery surrounding Shah Cheragh- a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Translated, it means “King of the Light” and after seeing these pictures, one can understand why. Inside the elaborate structure you will find countless minuscule pieces of mirrored glass which cause light to bounce all around the observer.
What is interesting about this site (besides its awesome beauty) is its mysterious past. According to one legend, a traveler around 900 A.D. noticed a shining light from a distance. After searching the area he believed to have seen the light from, the man came upon an illuminated grave.
The grave belonged to an armored corpse of an important Muslim figure. This site became a pilgrimage destination for Shia Muslims. Eventually, the tomb became housed in a building that grew in complexity over time.
Even though Shah Cheragh has been damaged by people, nature, and time, it still shines like the brightest emerald in the world- attracting pilgrims and tourists from across the globe.