Places to Visit in Shiraz
Thousands of Iranians will make the long journey from Tehran for what they consider a pilgrimage of beauty. They go there in celebration of the magnificent spring of Shiraz. And Shiraz makes it good for them. This city is full of wonders of architecture and refinement.
Hafez Shirazi, Ferdowsi, Wine and Bastani (ice) of Shiraz. The orange blossom that embalms the streets of the city in the spring. The Eram garden and the pink mosque .... Shiraz, the city that inspires beauty and delicacy. A city that fascinated tirelessly for a very long time and even the Iranians themselves.
On the occasion of Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, the city is taken by assault by hordes of local tourists. During the two official holiday weeks in Iran, Shiraz becomes the country's flagship destination. Thousands of Iranians will make the long journey from Tehran for what they consider a pilgrimage of beauty. They go there in celebration of the magnificent spring of Shiraz. And Shiraz makes it good for them. This city is full of wonders of architecture and refinement.
Does it make you dream? Follow the guide of the most beautiful places to visit in Shiraz!
1. Nasir Al-molk Mosque, the pink wonder
This sumptuous edifice, along with the other mosques of the country, shows its pronounced pink color. It is also known as “the Rose mosque”. This mosque is found on all the ornaments of the walls and vaults. It is mostly present on the exterior facades of the Iwans, which gives the mosque spring airs eternal.
The lights reflected by the mosque's stained glass windows are some of the city's biggest attractions. Visitors go early in the morning to the mosque to admire these lights dancing to the rhythm of the sun's movement.
The pink mosque, a true jewel of a mosque where peace and beauty combine in perfect harmony.
2. The Vakil Mosque and its Hammam
The Vakil mosque also differs from the traditional mosques of the country. A mosque for two Iwans instead of the usual four. The latter delimit the north and south facades of an immense open courtyard.
The minbar of the Vakil mosque is one of the masterpieces of the Zand Dynasty. Consisting of green marble and a staircase of 14 steps, it is a small jewel in itself.
Adjacent to the mosque, Hammam Vakil is also considered a national heritage of Iran. Perfectly preserved, it is now a museum in its own right, exhibiting the traditions of Persian public baths and transporting its visitors in the serene atmosphere of the hammams of yesteryear.
The Vakil Complex, its mosque and hammam, are definitely at the top of the list of places to visit in Shiraz! Do not miss it.
3. The Shiraz Bazaar
There are several bazaars in Shiraz. The largest and most important is the Vakil Bazaar.
Situated in the historical center of the city, the Vakil bazaar contains, in addition to the market aisles, caravanserais, old cafes, important mosques and hammams. The mosque and the hammam Vakil are the main tourist monuments.
There are, as in all Iranian bazaars, Persian carpets, spices and jewels ... One finds especially the delicacies of Shiraz: the cakes and the bastani. To taste without moderation in the hubbub of the animated alleys.
4. The Shah Cheragh Mausoleum
In Shiraz we find one of the important mausoleums of the Shi'a tradition in Iran; The mausoleum Shãh Chérāgh. There are buried the brothers Ahmad and Muhammed, son of the 7th Imam Musa Al Kazim and brothers of the 8th Imam Ali Ar-ridha.
Visiting this mausoleum is an opportunity to observe this Shi'a fervor for their imams and their descendants. A fervor coupled with the size of the place. Gold ornaments, precious stones and ceilings completely covered with mirrors.
5. The gardens of Shiraz
Shiraz is also its luxurious gardens and its colorful traditional houses. The House of Qavam is a good example. A historical house that belonged to a family of merchants from Qazvin, a city in northern Iran, who eventually became influential politicians during several dynasties until the Pahlavi. This house is a testament to the elegance and refinement enjoyed by the wealthy Iranian families. The European influence is very pronounced with decorations of the Victorian era.
The garden of Eram, paradise garden in Persian, is another example of the beauty of the Shirazi gardens. It is probably one of the most beautiful parks in all of Iran. There are impressive vegetation, tulips of all colors, flowering trees and always hordes of Iranians celebrating the spring.
6. Hafez Shirazi
Hafez Shirazi, the great Persian poet of the 14th century.
His tomb, known as Hafezieh, is a place of pilgrimage. In Iran, there are many people who learn the poems of Hafez by heart.
Hafez is especially loved by the Iranians as a spiritual master whose poetry collection comes just after the Qur'an on the scale of importance. Remarkable in a country considered deeply conservative but whose whole people recite the poems of the poet of love.