Shiraz, the provincial capital of Fars, is known as the cultural capital of Iran, and the "City of roses and poets". It is the heart of Iran’s history and a center for the rich Persian literary heritage. It has been the cradle of civilization and art for many centuries. Famous philosophers, thinkers and poets produced their masterpieces in this beautiful city. Shiraz is situated in a plain surrounded by two mountain ranges offering a mild climate and magnificently impressive gardens to this city. Shiraz, one of Iran's oldest cities and the fourth biggest in the country, has been the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty and hosts quite a few interesting historical sites. Shiraz is known as the city of flowers and nightingales, referring to its beautiful gardens and two very famous poets; Sa'di and Hafez. There are quite a few beautiful mosques and other historical buildings showing the fantastic architecture, tile works and mirror works of Zand and Qajar era.
A traditional bazar built in 18th century. It comprises arched alcoves with wide platforms in between, and seventy-four high and well-proportioned arches sustaining the roof, and there is a high domed crossing, where the east and west bazars diverge from the main bazar. Vakil Bazar is ranked among the most colorful bazars of middle east.
Afif Abad Gardden and Weapon museum
A former palace built in 1863, which is currently housing the Weapon museum.Originally Golshan Garden, constructed at the request of Mohammed Khan Qavamol-Molk about two hundred years ago. The current main building was constructed by Mirza Ali Mohammadkhan Ghawam II in 1863. After his death the garden was eventually inheritted by a lady called Afifeh, thus being called Afif Abad.
Quran Gate locally known as Darvazeh Ghor-an, is the ancient gated entrance to Shiraz from north. Zand king, Karim Khan added a room at the top of the gateway to house a holy Quran so travelers leaving the city, passed under the Quran to be blessed for a safe trip! The complex also includes tomb of Khaju-ye Kermani, teacher of Hafez and a court poet contemporary to Sa-di. The view of Shiraz is breathtaking from this spot!
Naisr al Mulk mosque is one of the most colorful mosques of Iran with one of the most beautiful tile work and architecture typical from the Qajar era with extensive colored glass wrok in its decoration. The mosque was built in 1888 by Nasir al Mulk a famous Qajar prince.