With 2700 years
antiquity, Shiraz, the capital city of Fars
province, is famous for its historical monuments,
many beautiful gardens, orangeries, roses, fragrant
blossoms, poets and kings. This beautifully cut
gemstone amongst Iranian cities, the city of culture
and fascinating poems and enchanting elegies, is the
birthplace of two of
the greatest poet of the world, Saadi and Hafez.
The antiquity of the city goes back to the period
before Islam. With gradual ruin of the city of
Estakhr, Shiraz expanded and flourished during the Safavid and Zand periods. Karim Khan-e Zand made
Shiraz his capital. Therefore, many historical
monuments of the city like Vakil Mosque, Bath,
Bazaar and citadel belong to this time. Tomb of
Hafez and Saadi, the glittering holy shrine of
Shah-e Cheragh( king of lights), Nasir-ul-molk
Mosque, Eram and Narenjestan gardens are the other
place of interest.
Being the centre of the great Persian Empires, the
Achaemanians and Sassanians, Fars province has a lot
more to offer. There are more than 300 pieces of
historical relices scattered around the province
that the majority of them are pre-Islamic monuments.
Some of Iran’s and indeed, the world’s most
important archaeological sites such as Pasargad (
the majestic tomb of Cyrus the great) and Persepolis
( Takht-e Jamshid) the massive and magnificent
palace complex of Darius the great plus many other
Achaemanian and Sassanian relics are located all
over the province.