Located in southern Iran, Shiraz is often considered the cultural and artistic capital of Iran; it is finally the city of poets and great philosophers of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, such as Saadi and Hafez. Under the Zand dynasty from 1750 to 1794, Shiraz was the capital of Iran before the capital was transferred to Tehran by the Qajars.

Shiraz is an unmissable destination in Iran for travelers who would like to immerse themselves in the cultural heritage and the incredible historical heritage of ancient Persia and that of modern Iran! From ancient Persia to modern Iran through the era of the Zand and Qajar dynasties, one can discover magnificent monuments, buildings and gardens that bear witness to the history of the country and the region. Shiraz offers a vast amount of information to integrate and enrich the traveller’s cultural baggage. Shiraz is located at the foot of the Zagros Mountains, whose peaks create a sublime backdrop for the eyes of landscape lovers. To this decor is also added the softened and velvety atmosphere of this Iranian city, an atmosphere that everyone likes, both Iranians, who really appreciate the city, and travelers from Iran.

To understand the poetic and paradisiacal atmosphere of Shiraz, you absolutely have to go to two beautiful places in the city which only enrich and relax us.

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Nasir al-Molk Mosque:

the Pink Mosque, probably the most beautiful building in the entire city. It would be a shame to visit Shiraz without stopping by this exceptional and magical mosque! Built between 1876 and 1888, under the Qajar dynasty, it will fascinate visitors, who can only be dazzled by the magnificence of its colonnades and its stained glass windows. Through them the sunlight creates a sublime layer of color on the Persian carpets that cover the turquoise floor of the mosque.

Narenjestan pavilion and garden:

The Narenjestan or Qavam Garden of Shiraz dates back to the Qajar era (1880). Due to the abundance of sour orange or bergamot trees, it was called Narenjestan because Narenj, in Persian, means precisely bergamot. It is no coincidence that Shiraz is the most famous city for its bergamots that can be found along the streets of the city. Narenjestan Erected by Mirza Ibrahim Khan, descendant of the wealthy and powerful Qavam merchant family, Narenjestan Ghavam is a historic and traditional 19th century Persian residence. It perfectly reflects the elegance and refinement of the Persian high society of the time. Now a museum, it also houses a beautiful little garden, made up of fountains, palm trees and flowers.

Afif Abad Garden:

built during the Safavid era, this garden was in the throes of destruction and was rebuilt in 1863 by Mirza Ali Mohammad Khan Qavam II. According to experts, the Afif Abad garden is a sublime model of floriculture. This garden includes a royal pavilion, a weapons museum and a garden. At the end of the Qajar era, this garden inherited from Afifa, the granddaughter of Mirza Ali Mohammad Khan Qavam II, before being inherited by Farah Pahlavi, the last queen of this country. The pavilion consists of two floors; the first floor transformed into a weapons museum, which also exhibits valuable weapons such as the weapons of the kings of Qajar and Pahlavi. On the second floor, on the other hand, there are living rooms and antiques including carpets, furniture and the piano of the former queen of Persia Farah Diba.

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Saraye Israfil:

between the spaces of the Vakil Complex, today a series of cafes, bars and tea houses have been born that match very well with the serenity and poetry of Shiraz. Here, amidst the traffic of people and the scents of spices, you have to go to the courtyard of the Saraye Israfil and enter the relaxing mood of Shiraz by tasting a saffron ice cream or sipping a scented herbal tea with bergamot flower petals – the perfume par excellence of Shiraz -. In the vicinity of the Saraye Israfil there are some typical places which will be more than perfect to host us for dinner and spend an evening in complete serenity and relaxation.

Pars Museum:

it was once a palace that welcomed prestigious visitors under the Zand dynasty. Today the building is a museum that houses masterpieces and works by famous Iranian painters, artifacts such as handwritten Korans, as well as the beautiful Nazar Garden, one of the oldest in the city!

Khan’s school:

founded in 1615 by a governor of Fars, Imam Qoli Khan, this madrasa (theological school) has been restored several times. Molla Sadra Shirazi, one of the most important philosophers of the eighteenth century, taught there and his room above the entrance gate is still preserved. The courtyard is adorned with trees and flowers which create a peaceful environment. All kinds of science were taught in this madrasa, including mathematics, theology and even the natural sciences.

Tomb of the Poet Saadi:

Saadi was born in 1210 and was a distinguished poet of Iranian literature, a man appreciated by the inhabitants of the city and a precursor of Hafez. His grave is located not far from Hafez’s grave. The Saadi complex is surrounded by cypress trees: a space that travelers will appreciate for its quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Not far from the Tomb are also the sublime gardens of Delgosha, another striking example of Persian gardens.

Door of the Koran:

is a historical gate which is located northeast of Shiraz. It is truly the ancient entrance to the city. This gate is located on the road to Persepolis. Shiraz inhabitants frequent the space around the Quran Gate, so if you want to see the shirazi (shiraz inhabitants) picnic you should go to the Quran Gate in the late afternoon and contemplate the relaxed life on the shirazi carpets on the floor. Darvazeh Quran was restored several times and a room was added above the door. Furthermore, two handwritten copies of the Koran already exist above the door. The storage of this Koran on the door is actually a custom among Muslims. In such

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