Shiraz

As the heartland of a 2500 years old nation and an entirely rare civilization which is demonstrating an astonishing identity known as the Persians, Shiraz is equivalent to the great persian culture, poetry, history, art & architecture, warm & friendly people within a totally hospitable society. Shiraz is one of the most important destinations of the lovely Iran, where is deserved to be a key-destination in your itinerary in Iran. The more to explore Iran’s history, the more Shiraz’s significance demonstrates, as it had a key-rule within the majority of dynasties and power alterations among different ages; this is why shiraz is home to many historical monument which are belonging to different dynasties and eras.

 Shiraz Through the History

 In order to describe the whole sides of Shiraz’s history, it’s so hard not to mention a shining history indicating to more than 4,000 years of historical record. The rare historical record of this city can be divided into two different eras : Pre-Islamic Period & Islamic Period.

Within the pre-islamic period, Shiraz was an important region through the Achaemenian and Sassanid dynasties, by locating in the vicinity of the World Heritage Sites of Persepolis and Pasargadae while the city was connecting the ancient city of Bishapur to the other ancient cities Gur and Istakhr.

 Through the Islamic period, Shiraz had faced really giant and exclusive alterations in order to be one of the most important Iranian cities. At this age, Shiraz was home to many great poets with universal fames and many talented scientists have been introduced to the world. The most highlighted developments of Shiraz had been occurred within the kingdom of Karim Khan Zand, the king of Zand dynasty who has chosen the brilliant city of Shiraz as the capital city of the country; this is why many massive and unique constructions have started to make the city of Shiraz more and more developed and comprehensive. Paying attention to this rare tourism attraction of recent Iran, Shiraz, hasn’t stopped through the next dynasties, including Qajar & Pahlavi.

Shiraz’s Tourism Foundations

Historical monuments, unique cultural sides ( both persian and islamic) , brilliant art & architecture and many other facts about Shiraz are some or the main reasons of why to visit Shiraz. This marvelous city will be a memorable part of your trip as it’s atmosphere is totally different, as it is some calm and peaceful while the people are so warm, friendly and kind to the tourists. Based on the great alterations and developments of Shiraz within past few years, Shiraz has become more equipped with high quality tourism services and facilities specially in terms of accommodation and restaurants.

Nowadays, Shiraz is a pioneer tourism city of Iran by embracing a wide range of hotels from the most luxurious 5 star ones to the totally traditional hotels (Boutique Hotels) providing an opportunity to visit and enjoy an entirely unique Iranian accommodation.

 What to explore?

The universal reputation of Shiraz has been formed and founded by the rare historical and cultural attraction, this is why the majority of sites to visit are historical Monuments,Mosques, Bazaars, Baths, Holy Shrines and the traditional Iranian houses.

Located in the vicinity of Shiraz, Pasargadae and Persepolis are located which are considered as two of the most important Iranian UNESCO World Heritages with more than 2,500 years of historical significance. In addition to the historical and cultural attractions, some regions in the vicinity of Shiraz are embracing unique Adventure sites to enjoy Canyoning within a totally exciting circumstance; so if you’re looking for some excitements within the ordinary classical tour, choose this awesome regions.

How to get around?

Shiraz has a wide range of transportation options which are open to the public.Taxis, Buses and the Subway are considered the main forms of public transportation means to be used to explore the city. In addition to the above-mentioned transportation types , an online taxi service ( just like Uber) is available and popular through the whole city, namely Snapp. You can easily download the applications to use these services which are designed both for iOS and Android , and enjoy a totally safe and cheap through the whole city.

Nasir ol Molk Mosque

 Nasir ol Molk Mosque is just like a hidden magnificent colorful secret from out side as it looks like an ordinary traditional persian house at the first glance. The mosque is a masterpiece which is possessing a really unique architectural beauty. It’s main walls have been covered by the colorful glasses, so, the sun lights comes inside the mosque while forming an entirely breathtaking beauty.

 

 Pasargadae  

 The first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid empire founded by Cyrus the great located in Fars Province the original homeland of the Persians, is Pasargadae which was embracing rare royal palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus. Regards to the notable significance of Pasargadae at that age, it is considered as the first empire that respects cultural diversity of different people who are living in it’s territory.

 

 Persepolis

Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire founded by Darius in 518 B.C. As the most highlighted and unique archeological site of Iran which is embracing the monumental ruins of the Achaemenid empire, Persepolis is a world heritage site located in the vicinity of Shiraz in Fars Province.

Vakil Mosque

Vakil mosque offers a magical atmosphere to the visitors during the night while throughout the day it’s possible to fully admire the architecture, sophisticated decorations and the forest of pillars that populates its interior. Founded by the zand dynasty within the central parts of Shiraz, Vakil Mosque possesses a fascinating rare Islamic architecture in addition to the persian style.

Vakil Bazaar

 Locating in the vicinity of vakil mosque and vakil bath while being considered as a member of Zand complex, Vakil Bazaar was one of the most highlighted trade centers of the old ages of Shiraz and the southern parts of country. The bazaar is now embracing many handicraft shops which are open to the tourists who are seeking for high quality persian handicrafts.


Eram Garden

 Awesome wide range of flowers, refreshing air, aromatic myrtles and towering cypress trees; the Eram garden is a major tourist destination located in the northern part of Shiraz. This is a part of Persian Gardens in Iran which are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

 Hafez Tomb

As one of the most highlighted sites of Shiraz, Hafez Tomb is highly suggested as it has many shining historical , cultural and architectural features. The site is the mausoleum of Hafez, one of the greatest Iranian poets, which is a gathering place for the whole art lovers in Shiraz. The atmosphere in this site is really calm and pleasant which will present you an entirely memorable experience.

Qashqai Carpets & Gabe

Carpet weaving

Leather

Wooden works

Clay works

Brocade weaving

Khatam (inlaid work)

Engraving on metal

Silver work

Ceramic

Tiles

Fresh Lemon juice