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  • SHIRAZ Shiraz is the capital city of Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It is also the former capital of Iran, during the Zand dynasty's era (1747-79), and also the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. The city has a population of about 1,300,000.Shiraz is located in the south of Iran and the northwest of Fars Province. It is built in a green plain at the foot of the Zagros Mountains 1500 metres above sea level. Shiraz is 919 kilometres south of Tehran. A seasonal river, Rudkhaneye Khoshk, flows through the northern part of the city and on into Maharloo Lake.

 

Tourist Attractions in Shiraz

Shiraz is a major tourist destination in Iran which attracts tourists from all over the world. This beautiful city offers loads to the tourists with its array of attractions that are located in a green plain. The city is situated at the foothills of Zagros Mountains lying on the southwest Iran, with a moderate climate. The city enjoys the visit of numerous travelers and every travel is made enchanting with the tourist attractions in Shiraz. The Shiraz tourist attractions are truly an integral part of the Shiraz tours. Not only in the city but also in some areas around it.

The Tourist Attractions in Shiraz reflects the beauty of the place which is truly wonderful. The city has a reference to the history which dates back to 2000 BC. The reference of the earliest form of the city was on clay tablets. The city has played host to Iran’s capital many times. The city was chosen to be the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty. It was from 1750 until 1781. Again during the Safavid period, Shiraz was chosen to be the capital of the country. The city was also the capital of Southern Iran from 1781 until 1794. The 13th century saw the city becoming one of the leading places for arts and culture, with different monumental.

The city is dotted with the tourist attractions that are spread all across the city and also in its surrounding areas. These attractions are instrumental in the development of tourism in the place. The Tourist Attractions in Shiraz are the crux of the Shiraz Tours. Truly the tourist attractions make the place very beautiful. Some of the most beautiful tourist attractions of the city are:

Persepolis

Tourists coming down to Shiraz must not miss the chance to visit the Persepolis. The Persepolis, Shiraz is a must to every itinerary to Shiraz for its beauty the grandeur and history. It is a major Shiraz Tourist attraction which represents the grandeur of the Persian Empire. The Persepolis, Shiraz is situated at the center of the Persian Empire and was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians. The exact location of the Persepolis in Shiraz is in Fars province which lies at a distance of 60 kilometers from Shiraz, near Marvdasht city.

Persepolis, is a well-known tourist attraction in Iran and is literally in Greek known as Capital of Persia in Greek or Takht-e Jamshid or Throne of Jamshid. The place was the chosen summer capital of Achaemenian’s after Pasargadae. The construction of the imposing palace was started by Darius I who was the successor of Cyrus during 518 BC. The construction was completed by Xerxes I and Artaxerxes I over a long period of 150 years. During 331 BC the palace was burnt down by the occupation of Alexander. It is very massive and huge construction which makes you surprised that how it is made during those old times.

The beauty of the entire structure is accentuated by its placement atop the lofty terrace which is accessed by a double staircase which leads to the monumental gateway of Gate of Xerxes. The usual height of the terrace is around 1,475 ft. with a width of 985 ft. the visitors can explore the intricacies of the palace by visiting the vast open space called the huge Apadana or the Audience Hall of Darius. This hall lies in the southern side of the palace. The eastern side boasts of the massive Audience Hall which is the massive Throne Hall. The hall was called as the hall of One Hundred Columns, which was started by Xerxes and completed by Artaxerxes. The southern part of the building offers the chance to enjoy the sight of many other attractive structures. These attractions include the palace of Darius and Xerxes along with the royal treasury. There are also several enormous relief patterns that each of has a special story.

The grand attraction of the Persepolis, Shiraz has converted it into a favorite option for tourists to Shiraz.

Pasargadae

The Pasargadae, Shiraz is home to the remains of three Achaemenian Palaces, which accentuates the attraction of the place. The palaces are known as Throne of the Mother of Solomon, Prison of Solomon. The tourists will also find two stone plinths lying in the sacred area of the palace that are constructed by huge stones.

The Pasargadae, Shiraz was built by Cyrus who reigned over the place from 599-530 BC. The grandeur of the place is truly marked by the presence of the landmarks like the Pasargadae in Shiraz. These architectural splendors make the place truly attractive. These monuments form the historical legacy of the place which is truly majestic.

The body of Cyrus the Great has been preserved in the limestone mausoleum which has been built in the same shape to that of a gabled wood house and is one of the best kept treasures of Pasargadae. The body is kept on a plinth which is atop the steep six steps.

The Pasargadae, Shiraz is truly one of the best tourist attractions of Shiraz. Tourists coming down to the city should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the glimpse of the sight of the place.

Hafez Tomb

Mausoleum of Hafez (1324-1391), the greatest master of Persian lyric poetry and the literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia, was born in Shiraz, lived all his life here, sang its praises in unsurpassed verse and was buried in a garden known after him as the Hafezieh, in the northeast part of the city that located in a flower garden. The extraordinary popularity and the wide appeal of this great poet among all Persian-speaking people make his tomb a cherished placed, visited by all. This mausoleum too was rebuilt in the early 50’s. A flight of stone steps reaches to the tomb under a tiled cupola resembling a dervish’s hat. The tombstone is beautifully inscribed with two of Hafez’s poems or Ghazals. Visitors to the tomb can still, as they have done for centuries, take the omens by picking a page at random from a volume of Hafez, kept for this purpose, and one of the habits of Iranian is reading his poem in the longest night in the year, Yalda (20 December)

Saadi Tomb

Mausoleum of Saadi: Here lie the earthly remains of one of Iran’s greatest poets-Saadi. Even from the very early days after the poet’s death, the mausoleum of Saadi became a place of pilgrimage to lovers of poetry and literature. In 1808 AD Karim Khan Zand renovated the mausoleum. The tomb was rebuilt in the early 50’s. The porch with its tall columns of pinkish marble is a traditional feature of Iranian architecture. There is a small pool that people make a wish and throw a coin in.

Arg of Karim Khan

Formerly a prison, but now an architectural wonder on exhibit. The structure of the citadel combines military and residential architecture, for it was the home of Karim Khan and the military center of that period. Tile works depicting legendary tales were added at the entrance gate of the citadel during the Qajar period.

Afif Abad Gardens

Afif abad Garden- a garden and houses owned by the Ghavami family. It contains a former royal mansion, a historical weapons museum, and a Persian garden that is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz.

Eram Garden

Eram Garden (Bagh-e-eram) - Highly recommended. This stunningly beautiful complex contains a vast network of gardens, as well as a colorful palace and a system of small artificial rivers flowing throughout the entire area. Tourists can admire the wonderful flora or follow the little canals' intricate system. Make sure the weather is sunny before coming here! There are many kinds of flowers, plants and threes.

Narangestan Qavam

(Bagh-e-naranjestan) is both traditional and historical house; Which was built in the mid-to-late 19th century by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. The Qavam "Naranjestan" preserves the elegance and refinement enjoyed by the royal families during the 19th century. The mirrored porch was a focal point of the house, overlooking onto gardens lined with date palms and flowers. The house today is a museum open to the public.

Interior of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque was built during the Qajar era, the mosque has extensively colored glasses in its facade, and other traditional elements such as panj kaseh-i (five concaves) in its design.

Vakil Mosque

 Was built between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand period; however, it was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period where its exuberant floral decorative tiles date from.

Vakil Bath

 An old public bath, close to the Vakil Mosque.

Vakil Bazaar

Has beautiful courtyards, caravansara is, bath houses, and old shops where hundreds of vendor are housed, which makes it deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques and textile.

Saray-e-Moshir

A caravansary at the south entrance of Bazaar Vakil, which now functions as exhibition space for Iranian handicrafts and special souvenirs.

Shah Cheragh

Seyed Amir Ahmad, known as Shah-e Cheragh, the brother of Imam Reza, came to Shiraz in the latter half of the 8th century. He passed away in the city and his tomb is now a respected place of pilgrimage. The structure, tile work and the dome of the mausoleum have been rebuilt several times over the centuries. The tomb, the beautiful silver doors and the exquisite mirror work are the handicrafts of masters and contemporary artists of Shiraz. Many pilgrimages flock there each year.

Qoran Gate (Dar vazeh Quran)

The city's has a main entrance with the name of Darvazeh Quran. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration by the Buwwayhids (Buwayhid dynasty) about 1000 years ago, but this was replaced 60 years ago by new gate, which is considered one of the finest architectural designs in Iran and has won numerous awards. From the gate walk up the stone stairways to enjoy picturesque and spectacular views of Shiraz. The tomb of Khajooyeh Kermanei, a well-known poet is also located here.

 

1. Delgosha Garden (Bagh-e-delgosha)

2. Jame’e Atigh Mosque

3. New mosque

4. Mesgarha Bazaar

5. Moshir-e-Now Bazaar

6. Abesh Khatoon Tomb

7. Seyed Taj-e-din Gharib Tomb

8. Sheykh Roozbahan Tomb

9. Khan school

10. Ghal'eye Karim Khan

11. Christians Church

 
  • Takhte Jamshid(Persepolis)
  • Takhte Jamshid(Persepolis)
  • Takhte Jamshid(Persepolis)
  • Takhte Jamshid(Persepolis)
  • Pasargadae
  • Pasargadae
  • Achaemenid Persian
  • Takhte Jamshid(Persepolis)
  • Eram Garden
  • Eram Garden
  • Eram Garden
  • Eram Garden
  • Eram Garden
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Arg of Karim Khan
  • Afif abad garden
  • Afif abad gardens
  • Hafez Tomb
  • Hafez Tomb
  • Hafez Tomb and garden
  • Hafez Tomb and garden
  • Saadi Tomb
  • Narangestan Qavam
  • Dignitaries of Ancient Persia
  • Antique Tiled Mosque Wall In Shiraz
  • Vakil Mosque
  • Vakil Bath
  • Vakil Mosque
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Vakil Bazaar
  • Shah Cheragh
  • Shah Cheragh
  • Qor'an Gate (Dar vazeh Quran)

 

Get in

By plane

Shiraz International Airport has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran. There are International flights to Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Kuwait and Doha.

Turkish Airlines is operating weekly 4 direct flights from Istanbul to Shiraz and vice versa.

By bus

Shiraz is well connected to most small and large cities in Iran by bus .

By car

Motorways connect the city to Isfahan, Kerman, Bushehr, Ahvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.

By Train

Shiraz Train station has recently been finished and there are Trains to Isfahan and Tehran. However, the bus journey is shorter (2hrs less), so that might be recommended.

 

Get around

 

For non-Iranian visitors, taxis are probably the most convenient mean of transport. It’s a cheap price to go around by taxi.

It is also possible to find a taxi through a reputable "telephone taxi" agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or go around. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.

The city also has a reasonable bus service.

 

Get out

 

Pasargadae was a Persian capital built by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. Around 500 BC, Darius I built a new capital at Persepolis 50 km away. Both are now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and both are near Shiraz. This complex is after Marvdasht area.

Takht-e-Jamshid (Persepolis)

The center of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians and the showpiece of Achaemenian art, Persepolis (Capital of Persia in Greek) is a historic site in Fars Province, 60 km to the northeast of Shiraz. Iranians call it Takht-e Jamshid (The throne of Jamshid), Jamshid being the first, probably mythical, ruler of Iran. This magnificent court was the summer residence of the Achaemenian emperors and their official reception quarters, this site consist of different sections that any parts has its own historical description. It must be by some strange accident of history that Persepolis was never mentioned in foreign records, for it was here that representatives of all the varied peoples of the empire gathered to pay homage, and bring tribute, to the King of Kings, probably each spring, at the time of the ancient Nowruz festival. Although set on fire and destroyed by Alexander in a gesture symbolizing the destruction of Persian imperial power, it’s still impressive ruins permit a fairly complete reconstruction of its original appearance.

1. Palace of Apadana

2. Bishapur

3. Firouzabad

4. Ghal'eh Dokhtar

5. Palace of Ardashir

6. The Palace ruins of Sassanid king Ardashir

 

Hotels

 

Chamran hotel            

Homa hotel                  

Pars hotel                    

Persepolis hotel            

Aryo hotel                      

Park hotel                     

Parseh hotel                 

Tachar hotel                   

 Arg hotel                        

 

 

 

 

Shiraz weather data

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