Historic sites of shiraz and fars

The vast province of Fars which is known as the cradle of Iranian culture and civilization, is located in the south of Iran, with Shiraz as it’s capital

Exploring the remains of numerous historical monuments of different eras including prehistoric, Achaemenid period, Sasssanid period and Islamic period, as well as unique religious attractions is home to spectacular artistic and literary treasure, hospitable and friendly people with countless reminders of it’s great past.

Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque

The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Nasir-al-Mulk’s Endowment foundation. It was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir-al-Mulk, one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 A.D., and was finished in 1888 A.D. The mosque extensively uses coloured glass in its facade, and it displays other traditional elements such as Panj Kaseh (five concaves) in its design. it is also famous as The Pink Mosque due to the usage of beautiful pink colour tiles for its interior design.

Naghshe-Rostam

Is an archaeological site located about 12 KM North West of Persepolis, in Fars proviince. Naqshe-Rostam lies a few hundred meters from Naqshe- Rajab. Four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings are carved out of the rock face. They are all at a considerable  height above the ground.

Sassanian Reliefs

The Sassanian bas-reliefs located at Naghse-Rostam, date back to the third century A.D. 

Of the nine reliefs carved into the rock below tombs at Naghe-Rostam, the most important depicts the victory of Shapur I over the Roman Emperor Valerian, whom he defeated and captured at Edessa in 260 A.D.

Karim-khan Citadel

The Arge-Karim-khan was the residence of Karim khan and where he ruled, it was built in the 18th century A.D., as part of a complex during the and Dynasty and is named after Karim Khan, and also served as his living quarters.  It is the biggest and the most important building of the Zand Dynasty. The citadel is located North East of Shiraz. its shape resembles a medieval fortress. The citadel has three palaces and its entrance angle is allocated to services section. After the fall of Zand Dynasty and during the Qajar period, the citadel was used as the governor’s sea tt and turned into the residence of Fars governors.

Zinat al-molk House

It is a gorgeous traditional private house of the court governor of Fars province in Qajar period. It was part of a compound consisting of an administrative building called Naranjestan- Ghavam and a residence part, where only close people were admitted.

Vakil-Bazaar 

The city’s ancient trading district is home to several bazaars dating from different periods. The finest and most famous of these is the Bazar-e Vakil, a cruciform structure commissioned by Karim Khan as part of his plan to make Shiraz into a great trading centre. The wide vaulted brick avenues are masterpieces of Zand architecture, with the design ensuring the interior remains cool in summer and warm in winter. Today the bazaar is home to almost 200 stores selling carpets, handicrafts, spices and clothes.

Take your time

The bazaar is best explored by wandering without concern for time or direction, and heading at whim along the atmospheric maze of lanes that lead off the main thoroughfares.

Beating heart of the city

Many merchants used to and still go to this bazaar. Vakil Bazaar was registered in Iran National Heritage list in 1972.

VIBRANT AND BUSTLING

This isn’t just a tourist trap like you find at similar spots around the world. Vakil Bazaar is a place where locals actually do their shopping.

Afifabad (Golshan) Garden

This is one of the best planned historical gardens which is located in the west of Shiraz. It houses a beautiful two-story edifice following a combination of Achaemenid and Qajar architecture. During the Saffavid period, it was used as the seat of the king. in 1962 it was bought by the army and inaugurated as a military museum in 1988.

saadi MAUSOLEUM 

Born and demised in the 13th century Shiraz

Saadi was one of the eminent Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has been quoted in western sources as well. Saadi traveled a lot and visited many parts of the world. His most famous works are Golestan (The Rose Garden) and Bustan (The orchard).

HAFEZ Mausoleum

A Persian Eminent poet of world-wide fame

Hafez was born in the 14th century and achieved early fame for learning the Holy Quran by heart as a child. His works are regarded as the pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran. His tomb, designed by the French architect Andre Godard, is one of the most famous landmarks in Shiraz.

Shah Cheragh

Shah-Cheragh is a shrine and mosque in SHiraz, housing the tomb of the brothers, Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Imam Musa AL-Kazem (A.S.), who demised at the beginning of the third Islamic century. The Shrines became celebrated pilgrimage centers in the 14th century A.D. The mosque is the most important place of pilgrimage in Shiraz. It attracts large numbers of pilgrims who can also rest relax in the vast courtyard of the shrine.

King of Light

Shah-cheragh is Persian for ‘king of light’. The shrine’s massive dome is inlaid with hundreds of thousand of pieces of finely crafted tiles and the interior walls are likewise covered with myriad pieces of dazzling glass intermixed with multi-coloured tiles. The decorative work in a mosaic of mirrors, the inscriptions in stucco, the ornamentation of the doors covered with panels of silver, the portico and the wide courtyard are very attractive.

Quran Gate

Quran Gate is a historical gate in the beautiful city of Shiraz. It is located in the North Eastern  entrance of the city, on the way to Isfahan. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque entrances in Iran; one can enjoy spending the night out in this wonderful place.

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