Shiraz

The City of Poets, Literature and Flowers

Shiraz

Shiraz

The City of Poets, Literature and Flowers

Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz is a city steeped in history and poetry. Being the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty, it Contains some of the most spectacular architecture in the country and it should be found at the top of any tourist’s itinerary. From the nearby magnificent ceremonial capital of the ancient Achaemenid Empire – Persepolis and the wonderfully photogenic Vakil Bazaar to the ornate mosques and glittering shrines Shiraz’s architecture provides an index of its rich and diverse history.

Shiraz Tourist Attractions

Persepolis, The Richest City Under the Sun

Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It is among the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Renowned as the gem of Achaemenid (Persian) ensembles in the fields of architecture, urban planning, construction technology, and art, the royal city of Persepolis ranks among the archaeological sites which have no equivalent and which bear unique witness to a most ancient civilization.

Karim Khan Citadel

Karim Khan Citadel in Shiraz shows you how a unique mixture of military might and art can come together to produce a superb stronghold. Karim Khan, the founder of the Persian Zand dynasty, mobilized the best architects and artisans of the time to build the structure. The construction material was shipped-in from across Iran and abroad to erect the towering rampart. The result was a sprawling complex which Karim Khan used as both his living place and military center.

Nasir-ol-molk Mosqu

The mosque is called by many different names. Mostly known as the “Pink Mosque”, it is also called the “Mosque of colors,” the “Rainbow Mosque” or the “Kaleidoscope Mosque”. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around.

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Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rustam)

Naqsh-e Rustam is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian kings dating back to the first millennium BC.  It stands as a lasting memory of a once powerful empire that ruled over a significant portion of the ancient world.

Vakil Bazar

The city’s ancient trading district is home to several bazaars dating from different periods. The finest and most famous of these is the Bazar-e Vakil, a cruciform structure commissioned by Karim Khan as part of his plan to make Shiraz into a great trading centre. The wide vaulted brick avenues are masterpieces of Zand architecture, with the design ensuring the interior remains cool in summer and warm in winter. Today the bazaar is home to almost 200 stores selling carpets, handicrafts, spices and clothes.

Eram Garden

Eram Garden, Bagh-é Eram (Garden of Paradise) is a famous historic Persian garden in Shiraz, Iran. It is a large garden with a wonderful looking palace in it. The idyllic Eram Garden is a striking location for visitors with a variety of plants as well as a historic mansion. During the late Zand Dynasty, the garden was owned by Qashqai tribal chiefs who ordered the construction of the original mansion in the early eighteenth century, planting the garden with different trees including cypress, pine, orange and persimmon trees.

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