Why you should visit Shiraz
Shiraz is known as the city of roses, gardens, poets, nightingales and love. The city has a number of tombs and gardens of which none are finer than the Bagh-e Eram garden, well-known for its cypress trees and a 19th century Qajar palace.
Shiraz was one of the most influential cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty, when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored. Alexander the Great passed by on his travels sacking the nearby city of Persepolis as he did so, but even today it is an impressive ruin. Huge columns still stand and the craftsmanship that went into creating the bas-reliefs is still evident. Excursions from Shiraz can take in the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae and the wonderful rock tombs and Zoroastrian temple at Naqsh-e Rustam.
highlights of a visit to Shiraz
The Zandiyeh Ensemble (Prospective World Heritage Site) with the imposing structure of Karim Khan Citadel dominating the city centre.
Tomb of Saadi the highest figure in classical Persian literature, and the creator of two of the world's greatest masterpieces.
Eram Garden a delightful garden centered around a reflecting pool by a charming 19th-century pavilion.
Quran Gate a monumental gateway to Shiraz blessing travelers before embarking on a journey
Jami‘ Mosque of Ardestan contains a unique structure in its courtyard with outstanding brick calligraphy on turquoise back-ground dating back to 14th century.
Tomb of Hafez the pre-eminent master of Persian lyric poetry whose heart (cup) is filled with the love (wine) of the Beloved (God).
Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque a unique mosque renowned for its architectural techniques and decorative themes.
Narenjestan Museum a pavilion richly decorated with a breathtaking combination of decorative elements.