The number one place to go when you travel to Iran is Shiraz city, the biggest city in Fars Province. Brimmed with history & culture, Shiraz is one of the most visited destinations for tourist from around the globe. There are hundreds of historical palaces to visit and dozens of natural landmarks to explore. Here’s a list of top 15 places you can visit when you traveled to Shiraz.
1. Ancient City of Persepolis: Takht-e-Jamshid
Takht-e-Jamshid or The Throne of Jamshid or simply Persepolis is the ancient capital city of the Achaemenid Empire built in the 6th century BC. It’s full of ancient ruins, behemoth monuments, and mysterious artifacts and it is the number one place to visit in Shiraz, Iran.
2. Pasargadae: The Tomb of Cyrus
Pasargadae or the Tomb of Cyrus The Great is one of the most respected ancient sites in Iran. Cyrus The Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire which was the first Persian Empire. Iranians respect Pasargadae a lot because of the legacy that Cyrus The Great left behind: The real Persian cultures & traditions!
3. Naqsh-e-Rostam Ancient Necropolis
Naqsh-e-Rostam is one of the unique ancient necropolises around the world belonging to the Achaemenid & Sassanid era. It is a historical landmark full of amazing rock reliefs carved into the cliffs and rocks. This place is the tomb of various Persian kings & emperors.
4. Hafez Tomb & Hafeziye Garden
Hafez is the celebrated Persian poet that is known worldwide. His tomb is in Shiraz in a beautiful garden called Hafeziye where you can spend a pleasant time while paying homage to Hafez.
5. Afifabad Historical Palace & Museum
Afifabad is a very big garden that holds the beautifully designed and built Afifabad Historical Palace. This is one of the best places in the city, especially if you like museums of historical guns and warfare. This place holds a spectacular collection of historical exhibits that surprises almost all visitors and tourists.
6. Zinat-ol-Muluk Historical House
Zinat-ol-Muluk house is a small but beautiful historical house in Shiraz. It is a foot-to-ceiling ornamented house and its mirrors-works in rooms that are just out of this world. This house is a great place if you want to see & touch the true Persian architecture and traditional ornamentations.
7. Nasir-ol-Molk Historical Mosque
One of the most famous historical mosques in Iran is Nasir-ol-Molk mosque which is located in Shiraz and is one of the famous landmarks and all tourists from around the world visit one way or another. The fame of this historical mosque comes from its overall architectural style, beautifully designed pillars, and spectacular doors & windows ornamentations.
8. The Tomb of Saadi
Another world-known Iranian poet is Saadi. His tomb is located in Shiraz city and you can pay homage and learn more about Persian poets and mystics.
9. Vakil Historical Mosque
Vakil historical mosque is one of the three main monuments in the Vakil Historical District of Shiraz. This mosque features an unbelievable design which is a mixture of Iranian & Islamic architecture. One of the things that often surprises tourists & visitors is the sheer size of pillars in the main hall and the beautifully carved Mehrab of the mosque.
10. Vakil Historical Bath-House
Another beauty in Shiraz is the Vakil historical bath-house. It was a kind of public bath-house where people go for taking a shower and having a traditional massage to drive all pains away from their body. This bath-house is turned into an Ethnological Museum where you can learn more about old jobs like Dallak (measures), Dentists, Hakim (Doctors), and Barbers.
11. Vakil Historical Bazaar
After visiting Vakil Mosque & Bath-Hosue, it’s time to walk in the corridors of Vakil Historical Bazaar and take a look at different shops and stores selling handicrafts, Jewelry, clothes, carpets, and spice that you can buy and take as souvenirs for your loved ones.
12. Naranjestan Historical Palace & Garden
Another beautiful historical palace & garden is Naranjestan Historical Palace. It is a particularly spectacular place to visit in Shiraz because it is not only a beautiful palace both inside and outside, but it is built in the middle of a mesmerizing ever-green garden that is a perfect place to sit and think about the beauties of nature.
13. Zandiye Historical Stronghold & Palace
On the other side of Zandiye Square in Shiraz, there is a historical fortress/stronghold, the sheer size of its tower will catch your gaze. It is called Zandiye Historical Stronghold that hosts Zandiye Historical Palace and a mesmerizing garden with beautiful fountains and pools. Take a look at this landmark and go inside the rooms in the palace to see how beautiful Iranian architecture is!
14. Margoon Waterfall
Not very far from Shiraz city, there is a famous natural landmark: A quite tall waterfall called Margoon. Margoon waterfall is one of the tallest in Iran as well as around the world and it is a perfect place to spend a few hours listening to the sound of water and enjoying a friendly BBQ.
15. Buy Iranian Handcrafted Souvenirs
Not a historical or natural landmark but a bold move to get a piece of Iranian traditions & culture is buying handcrafted souvenirs from local shops, especially around Vakil Historical District. This will help the local economy, cut the hand of middlemen who sell them (or replicas) online, and also you can get a piece of handcrafted art as a souvenir of your trip to Shiraz, Iran.
Shiraz is one of the best places you can visit if you traveled to Iran, and is the number one tourist destination that is full of historical & natural landmarks. If you have any questions about Shiraz or its landmarks, feel free to ask me in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to tell me if you have ever traveled to Shiraz and share a few memories if you ever did. By the way, tell me which place is your favorite one. The comment section is all yours.
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