Entry portal of the Vakil Mosque - locally it is known as Masjd-e Vakil

Entry portal of the Vakil Mosque - locally it is known as Masjd-e Vakil

This beautiful mosque in Shiraz is located west of the Vakil Bazaar

This beautiful mosque in Shiraz is located west of the Vakil Bazaar

Decorative details of the main entrance - both sides of the main gate are richly decorated with the tile work

Decorative details of the main entrance - both sides of the main gate are richly decorated with the tile work

This mosque was built between 1751-1773 during the Zand period

This mosque was built between 1751-1773 during the Zand period

Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters and it has two iwans built around a central courtyard and a pool

Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters and it has two iwans built around a central courtyard and a pool

One of the two iwans of  Vakil Mosque

One of the two iwans of Vakil Mosque

Exterior of this mosque is adorned with the Persian tiles called haft rangi (seven coloured)

Exterior of this mosque is adorned with the Persian tiles called haft rangi (seven coloured)

This mosque has been restored in the 19th century during the Quajar period.

This mosque has been restored in the 19th century during the Quajar period.

Attention to details isincredible in this mosque and it is considered one of the masterpieces of the Zand period

Attention to details isincredible in this mosque and it is considered one of the masterpieces of the Zand period

Ceiling of one of the iwans is covered with colourful tiles

Ceiling of one of the iwans is covered with colourful tiles

Small pieces of tiles are used to create colourful patterns on the walls of the mosque

Small pieces of tiles are used to create colourful patterns on the walls of the mosque

The main hall known as Shabestan (night prayer room) is built on 48 identical stone pillars each of which is carved with spiral shape from a single stone

The main hall known as Shabestan (night prayer room) is built on 48 identical stone pillars each of which is carved with spiral shape from a single stone

Shabestan measures 2,700 square meters and it is a unique blend of stone clusters placed beautifully

Shabestan measures 2,700 square meters and it is a unique blend of stone clusters placed beautifully

The minbar is located inside the shabestan hall and it is cut from a solid piece of green marble with a flight of 14 steps

The minbar is located inside the shabestan hall and it is cut from a solid piece of green marble with a flight of 14 steps

Mehrab of the Vakil Mosque - this exuberant floral decorative tiles largely date from the Qajar period

Mehrab of the Vakil Mosque - this exuberant floral decorative tiles largely date from the Qajar period

Ceiling of the shabestan hall - here soft colours are blended together to create circle like shape

Ceiling of the shabestan hall - here soft colours are blended together to create circle like shape

Details of one of the internal walls in the main hall of the mosque

Details of one of the internal walls in the main hall of the mosque

This panel is dcorated with the floral tiles

This panel is dcorated with the floral tiles

It is amazing to see the skills of the craftsmen who built this mosque with simple tools

It is amazing to see the skills of the craftsmen who built this mosque with simple tools

Ceiling of the main prayer hall, also known as the Sahbestan Hall (the night prayer hall)

Ceiling of the main prayer hall, also known as the Sahbestan Hall (the night prayer hall)

Here, one of the two iwans is seen through an arch

Here, one of the two iwans is seen through an arch

Plain floral motifs are created on a slab of marble

Plain floral motifs are created on a slab of marble

Small tiles of multi colours are used to create floral patterns

Small tiles of multi colours are used to create floral patterns

This is the ceiling of one of the halls which circle the main courtyard

This is the ceiling of one of the halls which circle the main courtyard

Shiraz was the governing seat of the Zand dynasty and it has left everlasting effects on this city's art

Shiraz was the governing seat of the Zand dynasty and it has left everlasting effects on this city's art

Most of the structures were built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand

Most of the structures were built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand

Tiles on the facade of the Vakil Mosque

Tiles on the facade of the Vakil Mosque

Anyone who is interested in art and architecture, Vakil Mosque is one of the best places to visit in Iran

Anyone who is interested in art and architecture, Vakil Mosque is one of the best places to visit in Iran