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Shiraz

Shiraz is the fifth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars province which located in the southwest of Iran. Shiraz is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia and it was capital of Iran during Zandyah.

Shiraz is most likely more than 4,000 years old and known as the city of Love, poets, literature, wine and flowers.

The name Shiraz is mentioned in cuneiform inscriptions from around 2000 BC found in southwestern corner of the city. According to some Iranian mythological traditions, it was originally erected by Tahmuras Diveband, and afterward fell to ruin.

Persepolis:

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire  (ca. 550–330 BCE) which located northeast of the city of Shiraz. In this ancient city which declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, there is a palace called Persepolis, built during the era of Darius (the Great, Xerxes and Artaxeres I).

 

Incredible reliefs are carved into the rocks at Persepolis
Incredible reliefs are carved into the rocks at Persepolis.

Tomb of Cyrus:

The most important monument in Pasargad is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. It has six broad steps leading to the sepulcher, the chamber of which measures 3.17 m long by 2.11 m wide by 2.11 m high and has a low and narrow entrance. Though there is no firm evidence identifying the tomb as that of Cyrus, Greek historians say that Alexander believed it was.

Who is Cyrus : Cyrus II also known as “Cyrus the Great” was one of the greatest monarchs of all time. He conquered in 539 B.C. and ruled Persia  until his death in 530 B.C. His wisdom and generosity was known throughout the ancient world.

 

 

Quran Gate:

Quran gate is one of the six remaining gates of Shiraz which located at the northeastern entrance of the city. The Gate was originally built By the time of  Azd al-Dawlah Deylamiad-Dawla duringe Zand dynasty.  Travelers passing underneath the gates were believed to receive the blessing of the Holy Book which located on the gate as they began their trip from Shiraz.

 

 

 

Tomb of Hafez:

Hafezee or Tomb of Hafez located  in northern Shiraz in the complex about 2 hectares, and consists of two northern and southern avenues.

 

Tomb of Saadi:

Sa’diya is tomb of Saadi who was major Persian poet and literary of the medieval period. Saadi known as a master of Speech among Persian scholars.

 

Several famous Persian poets are buried in Shiraz in elaborate tombs. This is the mausoleum of Saadi, a 13th-century poet.

 

 

 

 

Shiraz Museum:

  • Pars Museum
  • Haft Tanan Museum
  • Meshkinfam Art Musuem
  • Persepolis Museum
  • Afif-Abad Military Museum
  • Nuristan Qavam Museum
  • Military museum
  • Museum of the Shah Cheragh
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Qajar Museum
  • Water Museum (Karimkhani Warehouse)

 

Shiraz Garden:

  • Eram Garden
  • Afif Abad Garden
  • National Garden
  • Delgosha Garden
  • Jahan Nama Garden
  • Janat Garden

Other tourist attractions in Shiraz:

  • Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque
  • Karim Khan Citadel
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum
  • Eram Garden
  • Margoon waterfall
  • Maharlu Lake
  • Vakil Bath
  • Abu Nasr Palace
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Fahandej Castle