Category - Architecture

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in Iran

When we think of the sunrise we always feel relaxed because the sight of the colors that the sun is giving to us is breathtaking. A new day is born and the joy of light is spreading everywhere. In 1876, the lord of the Qajar dynasty Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Mulk started to build a mosque and his first priority was to give respect to the sun and all its glory. Every morning the whole mosque is filled with gorgeous colors that are spreading from the stained glass onto the floor covered with Persian rugs. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in IranNasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in Iran The site is mesmerizing, it looks like a thousand rainbows decided to show up at the same time with a purpose to make every person that comes inside happy. The mosque was completed in 1888 and since then, is one of the most beautiful structures in Iran. Nasir al Mulk showed his faith in the most stunning way which makes even non-religious people feel bliss when they see this kaleidoscopic magnificence. مسجد_نصیرالملک_در_شیرازAccording to irandoostan.com, the architects who designed the mosque were Mohammad Hasan-e Memar and Mohammad Reza Kashi-Saz. They combined art and architecture that can rarely be seen in other parts of the world. Today, the mosque is still used for worship but it is allowed for anyone to come inside. It is known by different names but one of the most popular is The Pink Mosque because of the pink color tiles. 1280px-Nasr_ol_Molk_mosque2Architects are amazed by the structure, art critics can’t say enough to describe its beauty and it is a real paradise for photographers. In the middle of the mosque, there is an open courtyard with a pool surrounded by colorful flowers. The whole place has many arches which are uniquely decorated and the most fascinating parts are their ceilings.Nasr_ol_Molk_mosque_vault_ceiling1280px-Mezquita_de_Nasirolmolk,_Shiraz,_Irán,_2016-09-24,_DD_57-59_HDRAs a national heritage of Iran, the mosque is always under protection and restoration. Its maintained by the Nasir-al-Mulk Endowment Foundation and the man who is in charge for the stained windows and all decorations is Hajj Mirza Ayat. The best time to visit is from 8 to 9 am in the morning when the colorful magic is happening. Similar mosque with stained-glass windows to Nasir-al-Mulk is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.1024px-Nasir_ol_Molk_Mosque,_Shiraz_03

Saint Albans Cathedral: a building of firsts and lasts

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, approximately 20 miles north of the British capital, is a building teeming with firsts and lasts. It is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain, for example. Named after Britain’s first Christian martyr and saint, beheaded by Roman soldiers for his faith in the fourth century, the shrine of Saint Alban behind the high altar has been a site of pilgrimage for 1700 years. 2336565940_8b6c8f8a63_b Dominating the skyline from all around, parts of the current structure date back almost 1000 years, to just 23 years after the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is therefore one of the first Norman cathedrals constructed in the United Kingdom. By the time it was consecrated in the presence of King Henry I, 13 abbots had already served the saint’s shrine since his death.St_Albans_Cathedral_Lady_ChapelWhen constructed, Saint Albans Cathedral was also the largest building of any sort in the country, and today the 144 feet high ‘crossing tower’ (an architectural term meaning a tower at the center point of a cruciform structure) is the only eleventh century example still standing – and one which in part reused Roman-era bricks and flint from the old city of Verulamium.800px-St_Albans_Cathedral_Nave,_Herfordshire,_UK_-_DiliffThe cathedral also contains the longest nave (the central space of a church) in England, stretching a distance of almost 300 feet, and lined with a stark mixture of Norman-era and Gothic style arches that would originally have been plain in decoration. These arches were ornamented with murals depicting the life of Christ and other religious figures in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, making them some of the oldest and most extensive series of medieval wall paintings known. Hidden under whitewash for many years, they were rediscovered once more during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800s.Saint_Albans_Cathedral

Soon to rise in Upstate New York: A psychedelic temple of giant Godheads

There’s a god for death, a god for war, a god for harvest….there’s a god for everything! And every single day, each one of us would worship or own personal gods. These are all still apart from the denominational gods we worship for the sake of mainstream religions. You have probably heard of all the different gods that both the modern and ancient world has to offer, in one way or another, but have you heard of the God of Visionary Art?

Entheon-Steeplehead-645x407He (or She) is the god responsible for the psychedelic temple currently underway near the Hudson River. Like a secret magical shrine hidden within a 40-acre plot, the structure is probably one of the oddest structures to be ever built in upstate New York.mapandwoman735 Baptized as the Entheon, this structure (which some people believe to be “DMT-inspired”), once built, is going to be the Chapel of Sacred Mirror’s first ever temple. CoSM, which first started as a non-profit charity received official recognition as a legitimate religion in 2008. It was founded by husband-and-wife artists Allyson and Alex Grey way back in 1996.
Entheon-Front-large-1024x731  The Entheon will be a temple none like any other, as it is going to be both a spiritual and artistic space. Some of CoSM’s spiritual practices, after all, involve musical meditation and art creation ceremonies. In fact, the temple itself will hold multiple galleries to house CoSM’s permanent art collection. Hence, the pieces which are going to be displayed, are not going to be just ornaments made to inspire spirituality (as is the case of other churches and temples), nor were they created as physical representations of divine imagery, as objects of worship. They may also be looked upon as works of art, such as how you would view displays in a regular art gallery or a museum. Entheon-Collective-Vision-Roof-645x449Visitors of this temple in the future must bear an open-mind, though. The structure itself—both its exteriors and interiors—can be downright weird, for lack of a better term. It’s going to be a three-level structure, which will look like a big, enclosed, and rectangular Asian gazebo. Its roof will have hundreds of eyes looking up to the sky.
brian-alex-allyson-sacred-mirrors-room-december-2017 Its white-walled exteriors, according to the rendition, will be surrounded by giant “Godheads” interconnected with each other. Other religious symbols and imagery, collected from different cultures across the world are also in sculptural relief, such as all-seeing eyes, dragons, angels, among many others. Its interiors are going to be just as rich. With halls made of brick with golden arches and vibrantly red walls, with as many mythological and divine symbolism as its exterior walls.

A Kickstarter account was started in order to raise the funds needed for the construction, and upon writing this, the $2.8 million goal, is now only $500k away from fulfillment, which says a lot on how soon we can expect the Entheon from reaching completion.

References: archpaper.com, entheon.cosm.org, cosm.org