Shiraz is the city of Citrus aurantium and pleasing gardens. This city is full of old and ancient houses and mosques that you can’t leave it without visiting them. Shiraz’s popularity is not just because of Hafezieh and Sadieh and the whole city is like a sidewalk through history. A city that makes you drowned in the beauty and glory of Darvazeh Quran, its numerous gardens, Arg-e Karimkhani, Bazaar and Hamam-e Shahr or city bath. You can walk inside each of them for hours and make your soul fly by their beauty. We mention here some of the spectacular places of Shiraz with their pictures.
We name some of the most attractive places of Isfahan In the list below.
In the northeast of Shiraz city there is a gateway that is the only gateway remained from the old times. In the past there was a Quran at the top of this gateway to make the passengers passing beneath it, safe and protect them and because of this, it became famous as Darvazeh Quran. This Quran known as Haft Man, is kept inside the Pars Museum. Darvazeh Quran is more beautiful at nights because of its lightings, while the tomb of Khajavi-e Kermani is ten meters away, and the Jahan Nama Garden is 500 meters away from it.
Hafezieh, the Tomb of Hafez, is the most famous and spectacular place in Shiraz. You can see gardens all around the place which are the best place for walking. There are a lot of shops around the place, that you can find the famous Shirazian ice cream, named Faloodeh, inside them. Once you tried Faloodeh, you will never ever forget its taste.
Sadieh with its rectangular pools which are full of fishes all the time, and its flowery gardens is next to the Delgosha garden, a place that the 7th century poet, called Sadi, spent his last days inside it and after that passed away there. At the time of Ilkhanan, the primary building of this tomb was built, and it changed during the periods after. During the reign of Pahlavi, it became its today’s shape, a place for people to read and whisper his poems.
This bazaar has 300 years old and it is a legacy remained from Zandieh. Most of people believe that this bazaar, is the most beautiful bazaar in Iran. Bazaar-e Vakil was built by the order of Karim Khan-e Zand and its architecture patterns was taken from Gheysarieh Bazaar of Isfahan. In this bazaar you can find all the souvenirs of Shiraz. This souvenirs are all kinds of hand made things, enamels, antiques, all kinds of distillates and sweets.
Arg of Karim Khan
This citadel is the biggest and the most famous place of Zandieh period. This citadel was once the dwelling place of Vakil-o Roaya but after that it became a prison, in Pahlavi period. Inside the citadel, it is full of porches, painted rooms, fountains and gardens, plus private bathrooms that once were used by kings.
Vakil Mosque or Sultani Mosque, is placed near t0 the Vakil Bazaar and it is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Zandieh period. This mosque has two porches and two chambers in north and east, and its porches and aprons are covered with tiles. Inside this mosque you can see enamels and red and green colors everywhere, and you cannot find a single wall remained without enamels, it is like standing in an azure palace.
Nasir Ol Molk Mosque
They say that this mosque is between the top 10 of the most beautiful mosques in the world, and they are right. This mosque is full of tiling, plus colorful glasses, that people also call this mosque purple mosque because of this glasses placed everywhere. The entrance of the mosque is covered with 7 colored tiles, Red flowers and iris of Shiraz. The two entrances of the mosque are two huge wooden doors with the most beautiful columns beside them. Its western chamber is covered with bricks, and its masonry will show us the wonderful architecture of Qajar period.
This garden is for Seljuk period and its unfinished parts were completed during the reign of Naseruddin Shah. This garden, is a place full of trees and plants, and because of its variety in plants it became as an exhibit. The tallest cedar tree in Shiraz, exists inside this garden and beside, this garden is full of fruit trees, like medlar, sour orange, persimmon, walnut, apricot, almond, apple and pear. Its building is one the masterpieces of Qajar period because of its colorful tiles. This garden along with the other 8 Iranian gardens, are registered in the world heritage list.
Delgosha Garden is one of the other historical gardens of Shiraz, that its history was full of ups and downs. This garden is built in the style of Sasanian architecture, and it was at the service of Ghavam Ol Molk and his family and they also added some palaces to it. Delgosha Garden which the first belvedere of Iran is built inside it, has a lot of mirror workings and paintings and wooden ceilings inside it and sour orange and orange trees inside its pleasant gardens.
If you traveled to Shiraz and you missed to visit Persepolis, surely your trip was in vain. More than 2500 years ago Persepolis or Takht-e Jamshid, was the magnificent capital city of the great empire of Hakhamaneshian. Although this city had seen the invasion of Alexander the Great, yet it can still show us the great architectural and political achievements of ancient Iranians. This place that also belongs to the World Heritage of Unesco, is located on the northeast side of Shiraz, 70 kilometers away from this city. Visiting the remains of this city will take you for hours and it will drown you inside the glory and greatness and history of itself.
Naghsh-e Rostam and Naghsh-e Rajab
If you are visiting Takht-e Jamashid, don’t forget to visit Naghsh-e Rostam and Naghsh-e Rajab. Naghsh-e Rostam is actually 4 huge tombs for 4 Hakhamanesh Kings. Near to this place you can find some convex inscriptions that show Sasanian kings conquers, for example the kneeling of Valerian King of Rome before king Shapoor the first. You can also see more of these convex inscriptions in Naghsh-e Rajab that are not well guarded.
Pasargad was the political center of Hakhamaneshian, and the last place in the list of attractions of this city. The tomb of Cyrus the Great is located 50 kilometers away from Takht-e Jamshid. The road to this place is not so tabulate, but yet it worth to experience the amazing tranquility and calmness that this place, which is now surrounded by a dire and arid land, gives you. It is said that, after Alexander the Great invaded Takht-e Jamshid, he visited the tomb of Hakhamaneshian’s founder.
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