Category: Shiraz

Pasargadae

Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. Its palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. Particularly noteworthy vestiges in the site include: the Mausoleum of Cyrus, Tall-e Takht, a fortified terrace and…

Vakil Bazaar

Shiraz's finest bazaar is one of the most atmospheric places in Iran and has been described as the most architecturally impressive in the country. It was constructed by Karim Khan as part of a plan to make Shiraz into a great trading center. The vaulted brick ceilings keep the Bazaar interior cool in summer and warm in winter. The architecture and atmosphere make it worthwhile to visit and shop. It…

Vakil mosque

It is one of the most important artistic and historical buildings, which have remained from the Zand period. Vakil means regent, which was the title used for Karim Khan, the founder of Zand Dynasty. This Mosque was built under the order of Karim Khan Zand near the royal palace and in the Zandiyeh complex. Now after about two centuries this building is still standing. It was used as a place…

Sa’adi Mausoleum

Sa'di lived in 13th century, but he’s a man for all centuries. The rich depth of his writings and ideas with social and moral values has gone beyond time. His words have been quoted by Persian speaking people inside Iran and outside alike. Even Western sources have quoted him and continue to do so. He is widely recognized as one of the great masters of classical Persian literature. Under Karim…

Hafez Mausoleum

Hafez is the 14th century poet of Iran who was born, lived and died in Shiraz when Iran was ruled by Ilkhanid era. He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and his influence can be felt to this day. As the author of numerous Qazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest, he and his work continue to be important to Iranians, and many of his poems are…