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10 Top Attractions in Shiraz

Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities in Iran which is the host of tourists from different countries. Read more about the top attractions of this ancient city.

Pleasant in every season thanks to a mild climate, spring is the best time to go to evoke all the clichés Iran is famous for jasmine-scented streets, orange blossom tea, poets, and nightingales. Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities in Iran and in the below you see our offer to visit:


1) Persepolis

This place is without a doubt the main highlight of Shiraz for any visitor. Persepolis literal meaning "city of Persians", or Takht-e Jamshid in Persian (UNESCO world heritage site) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC).Persepolis was the magnificent ceremonial capital of the ancient Achaemenid Empire, over 2500 years ago. Ransacked by Alexander the Great, the site represents the pinnacle of ancient Iran’s political and architectural achievements.

2) Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab

A tour to Persepolis should include a visit to the nearby rock tombs and reliefs of Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. The former consists of four massive tombs built into the face of a cliff, an appropriately ostentatious final resting place for four Achaemenid kings.

3) Pasargadae

The final stop on your day-trip outside the city should be Pasargadae, an Achaemenid political center that predates Persepolis. This rectangular monument is built on a six-story platform. On the top floor, which is 3 m. high, there are two tombs, one belonging to Koorush (Cyrus the Great), and the other to his wife. The founder of the Achaemenid Empire, his isolated tomb is built upon a broad-stepped base and was allegedly visited by Alexander the Great himself, after he conquered Persepolis.

4) Eram Garden

Famous for its tall cypress trees, this Unesco-listed garden, designed to complement a Qajar-era pool and palace (closed to the public), incorporates elements from an earlier Seljuk landscape. There’s a small museum of mineralogy in the grounds, but mostly the garden is known for its secret assignations among the rose bushes.

5) Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum

The Shah-e Cheragh (‘King of Light’) mausoleum is the picturesque resting place of two of the martyred brothers of Ali Reza, the 8th Shia Imam. A mausoleum was first erected over the tomb during the 12th century, but the courtyard and tile work represent relatively modern embellishments from the late-Qajar period and the Islamic Republic. The blue-tiled dome and dazzling gold-tipped minarets form a magnificent context for the Shiite rituals at this revered center of pilgrimage.

6) Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque

Not far from Shah-e Cheragh, the Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, is one of the most elegant and most photographed pieces of architecture in southern Iran. The Pink Mosque was built at the end of the 19th century and its colored tiling is exquisite. The mosque attracts most visitors early in the morning (9 am to 11 am is best) when the hall and its Persian carpets are illuminated with a kaleidoscope of patterned flecks of light. Combined with rows of delicately carved pillars, each angle of Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque is more photogenic than the last.

7) Tomb of Hafez

Iranians have a saying that every home must have two things: first the Quran, then a collection of the works of Hafez. This 14th-century Iranian folk hero is loved and revered. Hafez died in middle age in 1389 and his tomb was placed here by Karim Khan in 1773. The marble is engraved with a long verse from the poet, and in 1935 the site was embellished with an octagonal pavilion, supported by eight stone columns beneath a tiled dome. Sunset is the most popular time of day for Iranians to gather at the garden.

8) Tomb of Sa’di

The 13th century poet Sa’di was an important precursor to Hafez, and is one of the most cherished ancestors of modern-day Shirazis. He was a well-educated man who happened to wander around the world for decades due to the Mongol invasion. Many of his pithy maxims have attained a proverbial status, and he is widely praised for the enduring simplicity of his verse. His tomb is less busy than that of Hafez, but is located nearby and worth visiting on the same day.

9) Quran Gate

The modern assembly of arches that form Shiraz’s ceremonial gateway until recently housed a revered antique Quran (since moved to the Pars Museum opposite the fort in the centre of town) that travellers traditionally passed beneath before undertaking a journey. Now the main reason for visiting the gateway is to enjoy Khaju Garden and its teahouse, or to climb up to the city viewpoints on either side of the road.

10) Zand Complex

a) Vakil Bathroom is situated the west of Vakil mosque in Shiraz. This bathroom belongs to Zandiyeh period (18 AD century). This bathroom enjoys from the most advanced architectural techniques of its time.

b) The citadel was built during the Zand dinasty as the king’s living quarters. Later it was turned into the governor's seat during the Qajar period and after their fall; it was converted to a prison. There’s a beautiful museum inside depicting some of the special events that took place in this fortress.

c) The Vakil msoque boasts dazzling tile-work and the huge prayers hall with its numerous columns make it such an exceptional piece of artwork compared to other mosques in Iran.

d) Garand bazaars with beautiful architectures exist in almost every Iranian major city. They are normally the best places to buy souvenirs and handicrafts of all kind. Vakil bazaar has got to be one of my favourites, specially if you’re looking for carpets, antiques or spices!

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