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Ephemeral capital of the Zand dynasty in the eighteenth century, this oasis of vegetation and culture is located in the southwest of the country at the foot of the Zagros Mountains.
It is the city of roses, wine, nightingales and poets, thanks to its writers Hafez, Saadi and Khaju e Kermani, who are venerated throughout the country and to whose tombs the population comes to recite the verses of their works.
In the center of this citadel is the Karimkham Fortress built of brick and stone and with strong crenellated towers, seat of the power of all Iran in the eighteenth century.
An obligatory stop in the city is the Nasir al-Mulk Shiite Mosque of the 19th century, also called the Pink Mosque because it is the predominant color of its interior decoration. The prayer room has some beautiful stained glass windows that divide the light into a thousand colors and wooden dowels to cushion the effects of earthquakes in an area like this, of great seismic intensity.
Shiraz is a garden city and the Persian garden represents the earthly paradise, linked to ideology. The Palace and gardens of Naranjestan and Ghavam stand out, as does the Afifabad Garden which houses the Army Museum, the Garden Delgoshe and the Eram Botanical Garden, with palm trees, cypresses, ponds, rose bushes, rose hips and a luxurious mansion.
In the Vakil covered bazaar you can find bathhouses, market stalls, metal vases, tapestries, carpets, spices and fruits.
“All in all, the trip was a real eye-opener and a great success.”
“The guides were exceptional and the country is beautiful. Let’s hope more and more people visit this fascinating country.”
“We have just returned from a most AMAZING HOLIDAY with your company, all the comments in the UK of danger and bitterness in Iran was quickly dispelled by the tour guides and coach drivers as they were a delight from day one. The hotels and restaurants selected were also very good.”
“He was knowledgeable, thorough, very willing to give extra time and information in relation to things we were surprised he was prepared to talk about. Absolutely excellent, and we enjoyed the hard work it took in keeping up with him and his fabulous stories.
“The itinerary was good, both the guides were excellent, and the people of Iran were really friendly and eager to converse with us.”
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