Shiraz
Shiraz

About Shiraz

Shiraz , The city of love and literature and one of the most beautiful and eye-catching in Iran, welcomes warmly guests from all around the country and all over the world to come and have a look at marvelous and breathtaking landmarks of the city

Eram Garden

This breath taking piece of heaven is one of the most fascinating attractions in Iran , Not only Shiraz . It is surrounded by amazing restaurants and cafes . Historical evidence suggests that the garden was built during 11th – 14th centuries and the mansion was constructed in the early 18th century on the order of Chief of Qashqai Tribe , Mohammad Qoli Khan

This garden has been turned into a Botanical Garden and is open to the public as a museum

Hafiz mausoleum ( Tomb of hafiz )

Hafiz shirazi , one of the poem geniuses of all time , was greatly admired by Goethe , the great german literature genius.

His mausoleum , hafezieh , is located in a beautiful garden which is a sample of Persian gardens. Iranians respect hafiz a lot. They believe that hafiz informs them about the future. The love poems of hafiz with their mystical interpretations can be specifically assigned to anybody when reading them

Pasargadae

Pasargadae is the first capital of Achaemenian empire . It’s the burial place of Cyrus the Great who founded the Persian Empire

Pasargadae also includes the prison of Solomon , Pasargade Palace and citadel

Persepolis (Takhte Jamshid or Throne of Jamshid)

Was the capital of the king of the Achaemenian dynasty of Persia (Iran)

It was built during the reign of Cyrus the Great ad Darius the Great and embellished by his son Xerexs and grandson Artaxerxes. It was used as the splendid seat of the Persian empire and a potent setting for festivals and receptions. In the year 330 BCE , Alexander the Great conquered Perspolis - The jewel of Persia – and after looting its treasures , burned the palace down

Sa’adi mausoleum ( Tomb of sa’adi )

 

The tomb of sa’adi – Sa’adiyeh – is located in a garden full of flowers & cypress trees.

Sa’adi is the man of all centuries. Social and moral values of his verses and proses have gone beyond time.

“ Children of Adam” is a poem by him which is written on the entrance of the united nations building:

“ Human being are members of a whole

In creation of one essence and soul

If one person is afflicted with pain

Other members uneasy will remain

If you have no sympathy for human pain

The name of human you can not retain”

souvenirs

 

  • Falooda Shirazi :

A frozen dessert  , made of rice noodles , Rose water , lime juice and cherry syrup .

  • Masghati :

Iranian confection made with starch and rose water  , cardamom and saffron decorated with dried nuts .

  • Candied Almonds:

Candied Almonds are sweet and healthy snack made by roasting almonds with honey and cinnamon .

  • Herbal extracts and herbs
  • Etching (Qalam zani) , Khatam , Pottery , Vitreous Enamel (Mina kari) ,
  • Silver / Ceramic Dishes
  • Glass blowing
  • Felt
  • Wood carving

 Cuisine

  • Kalam polo :

Kalam polo (Rice with Cabbage) is at the top of the local dishes in Shiraz. Rice cooked with cabbage and herbs and served with small meat balls . It comes with yogurt and vegetables.

  • Hearty soups (Aash) :

Hearty soups are cooked in colder month of the year .

Pomegranate aash , Herb aash and Yogurt aash are the most popular and scrumptious hearty soups you definitely have  to try .

  • Shirazi polo (Shirazi Rice) :

 Most people like it . The ingredients of this palatable food are rice, chicken, eggplant, saffron, yogurt, barberries, salt, and pepper. Don’t forget to try this dish while you are in Shiraz.

  • Qorme Beh Shirazi (Quince Stew)

The ingredients are meat, quince, sugar, saffron, onion, and spices. If this food is compatible with your taste then don’t miss it .

  • Shirazi Salad :

You have got to try Shirazi Salad with these authentic dishes! And for dessert , don’t miss the amazing taste of Shirazi Falooda !

People of this city cook a lot of sweet foods because of their ecosystem.

 

Vakil bathhouse

Shiraz, this cradle of art, is home to the one and only Vakil Bathhouse (Hammam-e Vakil) of the 18th century. If one dreams of enjoying magnificent plasterwork and twisted columns, Vakil Bathhouse is THE place to see! A remarkable historical miracle, dating back to Zand dynasty, Vakil Bathhouse offers a dreamlike environment where one may imagine taking an old-fashioned bath in a handsome and cozy hot chamber with vaulted ceilings, a small pool, and aesthetic pillars that are nothing less than outstanding.

Vakil Bathhouse, with an area of 11,000 square meters, was built by the order of Mohammad Karim Khan Zand, the founder of the Zand Dynasty, who ruled from 1751 to 1779 A.D. The objective of this design was to convey the rich culture of the Iranian people to the whole world.

A major characteristic of historical Iranian bathhouses was their other-than-routine function, i.e., they were not only a place to get washed and cleaned but also the place for holding get-togethers for whatsoever reason. Right! A place for celebrating life and happy occasions; a delivery celebration for instance where the woman who had newly given birth to a baby would participate along with a group of her family and friends; the get-to-know celebration whereby the young girls wishing to find a husband participated to get known by the female relatives of their future man, especially the young groom's mommy! The bridal Henna party was also held in the Hammam for brides-to-be just days from the wedding night. As these parties required a large space where crowds of people could fit, the old bathhouses were somehow specially designed to meet this purpose. As a result, they were divided into various sections. Vakil Bathhouse is no exception either. It includes different areas from the entrance to a cloakroom (Rakhtkan), a changing room (Sarbine), and a hot chamber (Garmkhane). Esteemed guests are welcome to visit 30 wax statues representing people who lived centuries ago, and to relax and close their eyes for some seconds to imagine themselves in the bathhouse and immerse in the atmosphere to get rid of bothering thoughts just like performing meditation and yoga!

According to experts in the field, this bathhouse was built in line with the most advanced architectural principles of the time so that it could offer the most pleasant environment to the visitors. A special feature of Vakil Bathhouse is its walls and fountains made from lime plaster. Lime plaster was preferred over plaster only, as the latter is sensitive to humidity, which threatens the firmness of the building. These ornaments and decorations relate the amazing stories of the dreams and desires of people living in the past and give us a flavor of the traditions and religion of the Iranian people and the ancient people of Shiraz City. Some of the bath's painted scenes taken from the Persian mythology, religious stories in holy books, and the like include: the story of Sheikh Sanan and the Christian Maiden based on Mantiq Ut-Tair (the Conference of the Birds) which is a literary masterpiece of Persian literature created by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar of Nishabur; the scene of Joseph being thrown into the pit and lifted out of the pit; the scene representing Ali ibn Abi Talib and his sword Zulfiqar; the scene narrating how Abraham sacrificed his son, Ishmael; as well as marvelous paintings of natural features including carved arabesques and painted floral patterns.

Vakil Bazaar

One of the most traditional and historical bazaars in Iran

It was built 200 years ago in the heart of the city. The area of 22000 square meters is large enough to  make this bazaar an extensive complex

You can find high quality goods at low prices

It is a great place to buy souvenirs, from Persia handicrafts, copper & zinc products, rugs and carpets to pure distilled herbal extracts and lemon and lime juice

Vakil bazaar’s attractions are not limited to shopping

The bazaar has beautiful courtyards with several restaurant, cafes, bathhouse and caravanserais

Vakil Mosque

The eye-catching architecture, breath taking carvings. Its dazzling tile works and sculpted inscriptions have always been praise by visitors. The impressive design is something special rarely seen in the world.

Hafiz mausoleum ( Tomb of hafiz)

Hafiz shirazi , one of the poem geniuses of all time , was greatly admired by Goethe , the great German literature genius

His mausoleum ,Hafezieh , is located in a beautiful garden which is a sample of Persian gardens. Iranians respect hafiz a lot. They believe that hafiz informs them about the future. The love poems of hafiz with their mystical interpretations can be specifically assigned to anybody when reading them.