Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites: Shah Cheragh

Shah Cheragh is a funerary monument and mosque located in Shiraz, Iran. Its name translates to “King of the Light” and with an interior, which shimmers with millions of tiny mirror shards – the nomenclature is well deserved.

The Discovery

According to Wikipedia:

The site was given this name due to the nature of the discovery of the site by Ayatullah Dastghā’ib (the great grandfather of the contemporary Ayatullah Dastghā’ib). He used to see light from a distance and decided to investigate the source. He found that the light was being emitted by a grave within a graveyard. The grave that emitted the light was excavated, and a body wearing an armor was discovered. The body was wearing a ring saying al-‘Izzatu Lillāh, Ahmad bin Mūsā, meaning “The Pride belongs to God, Ahmad son of Musa”. Thus it became known that this was the burial site of the sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim.


Even though Shah Cheragh has been damaged by time, tourists, and nature – numerous repairs have allowed it to remain standing to this day.

This beautiful monument still shines as bright as a diamond and continues to attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

Shah Cheragh

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