Shiraz is located in Fars province in southwest Iran. In addition to its fame for being a major hub of “Electronic Industries” as well as “Medicine” in Iran, Shiraz is known as the “Cultural Capital” of Iran, which is inhabited by different ethnic groups. This city has been known as the most significant tourism center, the 6th populous city, the cultural capital of the country, 2nd literary city in the world, the 3rd religious city, the 3rd holy shrine of Iran and the city of poetry, wine and flower.
The tombs of several poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi are placed in Shiraz which embraces a major part of Iran’s ancient history, and historical, cultural, religious, and natural attractions. Shiraz is regarded as the “Paradise of the Tourists”. Its geographical features provide for a range of activities including skiing in the winter resorts just some kilometers away, mountain climbing, and hiking in the woods.
There are also many places that serve as picnic sites. One can enjoy various water bodies such as a seasonal river, Salt Lake, and some springs too. Annually, Shiraz receives a huge number of guests from all over the country and across the world. Shiraz is famous for its wonderful Gardens; however, it can be visited for a diversity of purposes. You can find history, religion, culture, and nature all in here, and you should definitely not miss May in Shiraz.
Two or three days won’t suit you to enjoy discovering all the treasures hidden in this heavenly city. Shiraz is an overwhelming source of historical treasures, and it offers you to track the rise and fall of great empires throughout history. Shiraz is generously offering you a wide range of activities and excitement, from walking in the green gardens to learning about classic and romantic Persian poetry and literature. Each year, thousands of foreign tourists join the local tourists to perceive the outstanding cultural and historical merits of Shiraz with their eyes.
NASIR AL_MOLK MOSQUE
The most colorful and incredible mosque in Iran is Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque or reputed as the Pink Mosque; its porch is festooned with colorful tile working and has the highest number of different colors in its construction using colors caressing the eyes. This gorgeously colorful place of worship is filled with relaxation as you enter it. This gorgeously colorful place of worship is filled with relaxation as you enter it.
Most of the gardens for which Shiraz was once famous do not exist anymore, but the town still has a number of parks and gardens, which are particularly pleasant to wander through in the summer. One of the most popular gardens is Bagh-e Eram (Eram garden) in the northwest of the town, which is famous for its Cyprus trees. The 19th-century Qajar palace lies in the middle of this garden, with its own reflecting pool.
One of the most attractive monuments of Shiraz is Zand Complex which consists of Arg-e Karim Khani, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bathhouse, Vakil Bazaar, Water Reservoir, and Nazar Garden. The complex is really beautiful and attractive and you can see a complete complex comprised of a bazaar full of stores, a bathhouse for getting clean, an amazing mosque for saying prayers, a castle as the residential place of the king of Iran, a garden and a museum for receiving the foreign dignitaries and finally a water reservoir.
Hafez’s tomb is the closest to the town center. Built-in 1953 in a garden, the mausoleum is a small open pavilion; inside which is a marble tombstone with several of the poet’s verses. you can also enjoy a cup of tea or rose water at the tea house. Hafez spent most of his life in his native town. He is considered the undisputed master of the ghazal and his poems reflect the richness and subtlety unequaled even by the other great talent, Sa’di. He has one verse masterpiece, Divan Hafez, which we believe can fortune tell. Be sure to try it. There are maps and art books and postcards in the bookshop inside the mausoleum. You can even enjoy the chance of having your fortune told before leaving the place with only a trivial amount of money.
Sadie’s tomb is in the north-east of Shiraz. Set in a pleasant garden, the present tomb was built in 1952 and replaces an earlier, much simpler construction. Unlike Hafez, Sa’di traveled extensively in Iraq and Syria, where he was even taken prisoner by the Crusaders. Upon his return to Shiraz, Sa’di wrote his most famous works, the Bustan (The Orchard) and the Golestan (The Rose Garden), in which moral tales are written either in verse or in a mixture of prose and verse. Sa’di is said to have died in 1290 at the grand age of 101.