The most important tourist attractions of Shiraz; Living in History Time

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The most important tourist attractions of Shiraz; Living in History Time

How to talk about Iran and not say a word about the historic city of Shiraz, a beautiful city with a rich history and a spectacular nature which is one of the most important tourist attractions of Iran. A city with spectacular places and lovely people and so many places to visit. In this article, we will briefly outline the most important tourist attractions of this city.

Pasargadae; once upon a time, Iran
Pasargadae was built by Cyrus the Great, the king of Achaemenid Empire, and was selected as capital of this kingdom. Some palaces were built in Pasargadae by Cyrus the Great. Today, the tomb of Cyrus is the most important building of that time but Baram Palace, Toll-e Takht, the Private Palace, Tomb of Cambyses and Caravanserai of Mozaffari are among the ancient remains of Pasargadae. Pasargadae is 120 km from Shiraz.

Persepolis; as old as history
Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Amazing architecture, existence of different palaces, various tombs and … have made these ancient structure famous in the world. It is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz, Fars, Iran. Naqsh-e Rustam is also an ancient necropolis located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in Shiraz, with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods. The tombs of the kingdoms like Darius the Great, Xerxes, Artaxerxes I and Darius II are also in this place. There is also a fifth tomb, which is likely to belong to Darius III.

Qur'an Gate; welcome to Shiraz
The ancient cities had their own entrance gates. Shiraz, as one of the ancient cities in the world, had six gates in the past.  Now only one gate has been remained in this city which is historically and architecturally important. If you enter Shiraz from the city of Isfahan, you will encounter a gate called the Qur'an Gate. It is located at the northeastern entrance of the city, on the way to Marvdasht and Isfahan. The Gate was first built during the reign of 'Adud ad-Dawla. By the time of the Zand dynasty, it had sustained a lot of damage, so it was restored and a small room on top was added, in which were kept hand-written Qur’?ns by Sultan Ibrahim Bin Shahrukh Gurekani.

Nasir al-Molk Mosque; colorful standing
The Nasir al-Molk Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. It is located in Gawd-i Arab?n quarter, near Sh?h Chér?gh Mosque. It was built under Qajar rule of Iran. The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements. 

Arg of Karim Khan; a continuous beauty
The Arg of Karim Khan is a citadel located in the downtown of Shiraz, Iran. It was built as a part of a complex during the Zand dynasty and is named after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. In shape it resembles a medieval fortress. At times, the citadel was used as a prison. Today, it is a museum.

Vakil Bazaar; trade with the taste of art
The Vakil Bazaar, like the Arg of Karim Khan, is one of the most famous monuments of the Zand dynasty, which is architecturally unique in its kind. In addition to the Bazaar, there are other places like a mosque and the Vakil Bath.

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