The City of Culture
Overview
Admired as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz is remembered by education, nightingales, poetry and wine.
The city is greatly famous for its literary history and many gardens. Tomb of Hafez and Tomb of Saadi, two of the greatest Iranian poets, are located in this beautiful city andcan be considered as pillars of Persian romantic literature. It’s also home to splendid gardens, exquisite mosques and whispered echoes of ancient sophistication that reward those who linger beyond the customary excursion to nearby Persepolis – the area’s major tourist destination.
In an ancient region near Shiraz lie the most magnificent tourist attractions of the country, the ruins of Persepolis,Naqsh-e Rustam necropolis and Pasargade ruins. Persepolis is the cradle of a culture antecedent to that of the Greeks or Romans and Pasargade was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great whose tomb is believed to be one of the first earthquake-protected structures in the world.
Away from Shiraz surroundings and back to the city, there are lots of places, gardens and monuments worth visiting such as Eram Garden, Shah Cheragh Mausoleum and Qur'an Gate which are other examples of Iranian culture and Persian sophistication. On the other hand, Shiraz was the capital of Iran during the Zand dynasty resulting in creation of some historic sites like VakilBazzar, Vakil Bath and Vakil Mosque named after Karim Khan Zand. He was the Iranian king who didn’t want to be called by the title of KING and preferred the title “Vakil-e Ra'aya” which means Representative of the People.
To sum up, Shiraz as a metropolis with a cultural, historical and literary importance is one of the most fascinating cities in Iran which leaves every visitor in wonder.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Shiraz will be when the average temperatures are at a comfortable level which is during months May, June, July, August and September. Other great months to visit Shiraz are March, April, October and November when the average temperatures are a little cooler but still between a pleasant.
If you don't mind bringing a coat, you might also enjoy visiting Shiraz during January, February and December but average temperatures are fairly cool.
Food in Shiraz
Souvenirs of Shiraz
The most valuable souvenir of Shiraz is crafted. These crafts are contained: Inlay, Gelim, Carpets and rugs, Gabbeh, woodcarvings and etc. Aside crafts some sweets, confectionary and drinks like Meskhetian, Sour orange flower, date palm, lemon and lime juice, distillates and Faludeh are the most prominent souvenirs of Shiraz.
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