Shiraz, Iran is one of the most celebrated cities in the world of Islam. Shiraz City booms with sophistication and has been known as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years.
Located in the south-east of Iran, Shiraz city is the capital of Fars Province and has an estimated population of 1,500,000. But aside from the basic facts, there is more to learn about Shiraz, Iran and these are the things that you will learn from this article.
The City of Roses
With a rich heritage and culture, there are several names that are synonymous with Shiraz. It is popularly known as the City or Roses, but there are other names that are being associated with Shiraz City.
Shiraz Iran is also known as ‘Dar-ol-Elm’ which means House of Learning, City of Love, and City of Gardens. Shiraz city has also become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry, flowers and wine.
Shiraz City Weather
Generally, the weather in Shiraz city is somewhat comparable to a hot, Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, with a July average high of 38 °C, but winters are cool, with average low temperatures below freezing in December and January. Rainfall happens mainly in the warmer months, averaging around 300mm annually.
Shiraz Iran’s Points of Interest
A travel to the city won’t be complete without seeing Shiraz Iran’s points of interests. Being one of the Islamic world’s most celebrated cities, that means there’s plenty to see in Shiraz and visitors can seek out historic mosques, beautiful vineyards and exquisite public gardens.
With the tourist spots that it offers, you only need to know where to stay in Shiraz to find a good accommodation that will serve as your retreat after a fine day of touring the city.
To guide you further, enumerated below are Shiraz Iran’s points of interest that you definitely must see!
Top 5 Shiraz Tourist Attractions
For many visitors, Persepolis is the number one reason to come to Iran. A short drive from Shiraz city, Persepolis was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire, from the 6th to 4th centuries BC. The vast spread of deserted columns, stairways and gateways is a stirring sight, not to be missed!
#2. Naqsh-e Rostam
The rock tombs at Naqsh-e Rostam are definitely worth visiting as part of your trip to Persepolis. Hewn out of a cliff high above the ground, the four tombs are believed to be those of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I (from left to right as you look at the cliff) although historians are still debating this. The reliefs above the openings to the funerary chambers are similar to those at Persepolis, with the kings standing on thrones supported by figures representing the subject nations below.
The seven Sassanian stone reliefs cut into the cliff depict scenes of imperial conquests and royal ceremonies; there are detailed descriptions in front of the tombs and reliefs.
Facing the cliff is the Bun Khanak (Central Home). This was long thought to be an Achaemenid fire temple, but scholars now argue that it might have been a treasury.
Most tours to Persepolis also stop at Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. You could walk the 6km from Persepolis to Naqsh-e Rostam, with a stop at Naqsh-e Rajab en route, but given the harsh summer climate in Iran, this is only advisable in the cooler months. Alternatively, a round trip in a taxi dar base from Persepolis will cost US$9.
#3. Eram Garden in Shiraz
The Eram garden (Garden of Paradise) in Shiraz city is a typical of Persia . The waterway leads towards the historic Qavam house. It is also popular for its tall cypress trees, stunning sceneries and a wide variety flowers and trees.
The Shiraz University manages the Eram gardens and you can easily go to the place by taking a shuttle taxi going along Zand towards the university.
#4. Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz
Hafez was the court poet and a beloved figure of the Iranian people. Many learn his verses by heart.
His complete works, titled Divan-e-Hafez, features verses that are so universal and timeless, that people from all over the world connect to them easily.
For Iranians, a visit to the Tomb of Hafez located at Shiraz city’s edge is as respectful as going to a relative’s tomb. Some bring rosewater to wash the tombstone, and place flowers on his grave.
You may witness some visitors requesting Hafez to talk to them through his poems. They may ask him about the state of their lives or ask that he give them some wise advice through the words in his poems. As they open their eyes, they also open his book to a random page and gain insight from his writings.
#5. Jameh-ye Atigh Mosque
Shiraz Iran, a celebrated city in the Islamic world is home to great Islamic structures, including the Jameh-ye Atigh Mosque, which dates back from 894 and is known as the oldest Islamic structure. Its most important highlight is the rare turreted Khodakhaneh or the House of God which was built before or during the mid-14th century to preserve valuable Qurans. It has comparable similarities with the Kaaba at Mecca and features rare Sassanid-style Tholth inscription in raised stone characters on a tiled background.
Accommodation in Shiraz
By choosing Karimkhan hotel as your accommodation in Shiraz, you will experience traditional architecture and modern services at the same time. Actually, this hotel seems to be the small version of Persepolis. Hotel location is appropriate for walking around to a sightseeing.
On the other hand, if the historical city part is more convenient for you, Taha traditional house (Taha Hostel) with 8 rooms surrounded by palm trees is a perfect choice. It is located in the center of Shiraz and near to historical Shiraz building. Comfortable and pleasant rooms are enhanced with free amenities such as television and small fridge.
Traditional house Khane Baghe Irani is restored with taste and includes all modern amenities. Surrounded with lots of trees and flowers, rooms are even more attractive. Centered yard invites everyone to sit and relax in the evening when the day ends. Very peaceful place.