Important sites you can visit in your travel to Shiraz

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In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this list of the 10 best things to do in Shiraz, with most highlights and must-see attractions. It will for sure give you an idea for your trip to Shiraz.

 Shiraz City is located in south-centre of Iran. Shiraz is famous for its literary history by being home to many poets like Hafez and Sa'di and known by many gardens. Shiraz is a gateway to Persepolis, the ruins of Achaemenian Palaces.

Iran's Travel has listed the most important sites you can visit in Shiraz.

1-  Vakil Complex

When you travel to Iran, one of the most important cities would be Shiraz. and when you travel to Shiraz One of the most magnificent historical monuments is Vakil complex.

Vakil complex includes Vakil bazaar, Vakil mosque and Vakil bath.

         Vakil Bazaar:

The wonderfully photogenic Vakil Bazaar is Shiraz’s main market place and home to hundreds of shops and stalls.  In this bazaar, there are stores of carpets, spices, jewelry and household goods. You can explore the Bazaar by walking across the tea houses, courtyards, inns, and traditional baths. The vaulted arched ceilings are a fine example of 18th century Zand architecture, and make for a pleasantly cool atmosphere for clients who passes from the Bazaar.

Vakil bazar, Shiraz

         Vakil Mosque:

Vakil Mosque is one of the most prominent Zand dynasty monuments and shines like a diamond in the heart of Shiraz because of its stunning architecture.

Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters. It has only two porches instead of the usual four, on the northern and southern sides of a large open court. The porches and court are decorated with typical Shirazi tiles, a characteristic feature of the art and industry of Shiraz during the later half of the 18th century.

         Vakil Bath:

Iranian traditional bath or Hammam is deserved to be known as one of the symbols of ancient Iranian civilization. They are perfectly adapted to the dry climate of Iran to optimize the usage of water. Vakil bath, no doubtly is one of the best designed and best preserved baths of its kind (together with Kerman Ganjali Khan bath). Now it uses as a cultural museum.

2-  Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum

The tomb of Shah-Cheragh ("King of Noor") is the site of the spectacular resorts of two martyred brothers of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam. Today's burial ground has been significantly developed since the Qajar era. The central courtyard has a fountain in its center, and it has become one of the most beautiful mosques in Shiraz in terms of Iranian personality, sophisticated color tile work, and an interior with stunning mirrors.

Shah Cheragh, Shiraz

3-  Nasir ol-Mulk Mosque

Nasir al-Molk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, is not far from Shahragh, one of the most famous buildings in Shiraz. The Qajar Mosque, which was completed in 1888, is celebrated for its stunningly colorful interiors: colored glass windows, intricate tiles and arches, and countless Persian carpets, creating a kaleidoscopic aesthetic. Along with a row of delicate carved columns, every aspect of the Nasir al-Molk mosque is very photogenic from the past.

Best time to visit Nasir al-Molk mosque is in the morning, recommended to be there around 8:00 a.m. when the reflection of colorful glasses is in its most beautiful shape.

4-  Eram Garden

Shiraz is Known for cultivating beautiful gardens and Eram Garden is certainly a model of excellence. Eram is located in the botanical gardens of Shiraz University and it is filled with cedar trees, cypress trees, cut hedges and roses. At its center is a small pool and the magnificent Qajar palace, though closed to the public.

Eram garden

5-  Tomb of Hafez

Hafez is undoubtedly the most popular and respected poet in the Persian literature. According to the master of the sonnet (short poem, lovely poem, rhyme), Iranians from different lifestyles can quote his verses on request. His tomb resides in a beautiful garden northeast of Shiraz. More than a tourist attraction, it acts as a place of pilgrimage for its admirers around the world. Have your fortune told, consider the subtle differences of her genius because of the wide variety of fields.

Hafez tomb

6-  Tomb of Sa’di

Sa’di was a prominent 13th-century poet and he is one of the most benevolent ancestors of modern-day Shiraz. Many of his maxims are considered as proverb Nowadays, and he is highly praised for his enduring simplicity of verse. His tomb is less crowded than Hafiz, but on the same day it is nearby and worth to visit. The underground tea house uses an interesting place to refresh yourself after exploring the rose garden and the cedar trees.

Sa’di tomb

7-  Persepolis

When you travel to Iran one of the most glorious sites will be Persepolis.

Persepolis, or Takht-e Jamshid  in Persian, was the capital of the great Achaemenid empire over 2500 years ago, Ransacked by Alexander, this site is the culmination of ancient Iranian political and architectural achievements. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is about 70 kilometers northeast of Shiraz and you can visit it by a day trip from Shiraz, you also can visit it en route from Yazd/ Shiraz or Isfahan/ Shiraz tours.


8-  Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab

In trip to Persepolise, you can also visit to the nearby rock tombs and reliefs of Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. The first consists of four huge tombs built on rock, as the final resting place for the four Achaemenid kings. The following shows some of the prominent stone figures that illustrate the various victories of the Sassanid Empire, such as the Roman Emperor Valyerian kneeling before Shapur I. Four more Sassanian reliefs can be found at the less well-tended Naqsh-e Rajab, only five minutes away.

Naghshe Rostam rock

9-  Pasargadae

The last stop on your daily trip out of town should be Pasargadae, an Achaemenid political center facing Persepolis. 50 km north is no longer the easiest destination for its renowned successor, but the remarkable pride of the ancient tomb of Cyrus the Great. The founder of the Achaemenid Empire, his isolated tomb was erected on a step-by-step basis and is said to have been visited by Alexander the Great himself after the conquest of Persepolis.



10-      Maharloo Lake

Maharloo Lake or Pink Lake is 27.0 km southeast of Shiraz. It is a seasonal salt lake near Shiraz, Iran. The lake salt is rich in potassium and other salts.

In the winter and starting by the autumn this lake will start to be full of water. at the spring the water will decrease little by little, and the water's color will be changed to pink because of evaporation rates and salt concentrations. This pink color of this lake attracts many tourists every year to this area.

The best time to visit Maharloo lake is end of Spring till mid-summer, since the rate of evaporation is higher.