Shiraz is the capital of Fars province and the fifth most populated city in Iran. This city is located in the southwest of Iran and has a moderate climate. Shiraz was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty. Shiraz is called the cultural capital of Iran, and also is known as the city of poets, flowers, and literature. Hafez and Saadi are two world-renowned poets who are from Shiraz, and their tombs are located in this city. Some of the souvenirs of Shiraz are:
- Carpets and rugs
- Gelim and Gabbeh
- Shiraz Meskhetian
- Shiraz Yukhe bread
Hotels of MedTourIran in Shiraz
- Chamran Grand Hotel (Five-star): This hotel is 30 stories high and has a fantastic view of the beautiful city of Shiraz and its gardens. This hotel contains a coffee shop, an Italian restaurant, and a traditional Persian restaurant. Also, there is a well-equipped gym, pool, sauna, jacuzzi, etc. in the hotel.
- Shiraz Grand Hotel (Five-star): This hotel has the advantage of being close to Shiraz gardens and historical landmarks like the tomb of Hafez. This hotel has a coffee shop, an Italian restaurant, a Persian restaurant, a barbershop, and a women's beauty salon. Shiraz Grand hotel also includes a sport complex with a gym, sauna, pool, etc.
- Zandieh Hotel (Five-star): Zandieh hotel is one of the best hotels in Shiraz and includes a traditional Persian bath, a sports complex, and a handicrafts gallery. This hotel is also very close to some of Shiraz historical places like the Vakil Bazaar and Karim Khan Citadel.
Clinic and Hospitals of MedtourIran in Shiraz
- Shiraz Central Hospital (MRI Hospital): This hospital is one of the most specialized hospitals in Shiraz. Some of this hospital's departments are:
- Dr.Khodadoust Hospital: Dr.Khodadoust hospital is one of the best-equipped and most advanced eye centers in Shiraz. Dr.Khodadoust himself is a world-renowned ophthalmologist. This hospital only employs well-educated and experienced surgeons and specialists.
- Basir Shiraz eye center
Attractions and Landmarks of Shiraz
- Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque: Nasir al-Molk (Nasir-ol-Molk) mosque is also known as the Pink mosque and dates back to the Qajar period. This mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings you will ever see. Extensive colored glasses are used in this mosque. These colored glasses create a fantastic view, and thus the name "Pink Mosque." If you want to go there, make sure you do it in the early morning. Otherwise, you will miss the unique scenery which the light makes in the mosque when passing through the glasses.
- Tomb of Hafez (Hafezieh): Hafezieh, also known as the Tomb of Hafez, was built in the memory of Hafez (famous Persian poet). Apart from the tomb itself, Hafezieh is a beautiful place with tall trees, colorful flowers, and gardens. Hafezieh has always been one of the main attractions of Shiraz.
- Tomb of Saadi: Tomb of Saadi is also known as "Saadie". and it is dedicated to the Persian poet Saadi. There are many graves around the tomb which belong to great men who were buried there by their own will. Shouride Shirazi is among these men. There is a small pool containing colorful and beautiful fishes in the basement of the tomb.
- Eram Garden: Eram garden is known as "Bagh-e Eram" in Persian, and it is one of the most beautiful gardens in Iran. The structure underwent renovation during the Zand and Qajar dynasties and now is under the protection of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization.
- Persian Gulf Complex: After Iran Mall, The Persian Gulf Complex is the biggest mall in Iran in terms of shops. This complex is also the 12th largest shopping mall in the world and contains an indoor, and an outdoor pool, two amusement parks, and six cinemas. There also is a hypermarket located within the mall.
- Afif Abad Garden: This complex contains a former royal mansion, a Persian garden, and a historical weapons museum. Afif Abad Garden probably dated back to the Qajar period and was used by the Safavid kings as a palace. Afif Abad garden is one of the most beautiful and historic gardens in Shiraz.
- Qur'an Gate: Qur'an gate used to be one the entrances of Shiraz, and it was built during the Buyid dynasty and restored during the Zand dynasty. When restored two Qur'ans were placed in a room on top so people would pass under them and receive the blessings of the holy books, and thus the name Qur'an Gate. During the Qajar dynasty, several earthquakes damaged this gate, but it was later restored. In 1937 the two Qur'ans were taken to the Pars Museum in Shiraz. Currently, the road to Shiraz is located next to this gate, and many tourists spend their free time there.
- Delgosha Garden: Delgosha Garden is the other one of the historical gardens in Shiraz, and it is close to the tomb of Saadi. This garden dates back to the pre-Islamic era of the Sasanian dynasty. Delgosha Garden was one of the important gardens during the Safavid period, but some of the buildings were added during the Qajar dynasty. This garden contains many orange and sour orange trees and counts as one of the best tourist places in Shiraz.
- Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel): Arg of Karim Khan was built by Karim Khan order during the Zand dynasty, and was used as living quarters. Karim Khan Citadel was both the home of Karim Khan and the military center of the Zand dynasty. Sometimes it was used as a prison, but today it is a museum under the protection of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization.
- Vakil Bazaar: Vakil was the title used by Karim Khan of the Zand dynasty which means regent. Karim Khan chose this title because he didn't think of himself as people's king. Vakil Bazaar is one of the most famous historical and traditional bazaars of Iran. This bazaar is one of the best places in Shiraz to buy anything, from Persian rugs to spices, handicrafts, and antiques. It also contains stunning courtyards and old shops.
- Vakil Bath: Vakil bath is known as Hamam-e Vakil among Persians. It was built by order of Karim Khan, and it is located west of Vakil mosque.
- Vakil Mosque: Vakil mosque is known as Masjed-e Vakil among Persians, and as you might have guessed it too was built by order of Karim Khan. It was restored during the Qajar period.