Southern Balcony
Sunday , 08/19/2012 - 2:51
رواق دارالحفاظ
Constructed symmetrical to the other balconies of Azadi courtyard, this balcony has four small platforms (Suffah) and above each there is a chamber. The Imam Khomeini (R.A.) portico has been located on the southern side of this balcony. The wall of the balcony, from the surface to the muqarnas ceiling, has been decorated with precious and colorful tiles, and the four Surahs starting with the word "Qul" [i.e. say], have been inscribed by Muhammad Hussein Shahid Mashhadi in 1277 A.H./1856 A.D., under the platforms inside the balcony.
Two traditions from the book "Uyun Akhbar al-Reza (A.S.)”, quoted from Imam Reza (A.S.), have been inscribed over the chambers. The inscription resting on the summit of the balcony, indicates that the Azadi courtyard has been constructed by Fath Ali Shah Qajar and decorated in the time of Muhammad Shah Qajar by Haj Mirza Musa Khan- the then-Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi.
A text in "Nasta'aliq" script can be seen over this inscription, which reads as follows:
"For commemorating the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution under the wise leadership of late Founder of the Islamic Revolution-Imam Khomeini (R.A.)- and wishing the prosperity under the shade of the revolutionary government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.1399A.H.”