Shiraz: 10 things you must absolutely see while on tour

September 24, 2019

Shiraz is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Iran and it would be a shame not to include it in your itinerary. Here are some tips on how to organize your stay in Shiraz.

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Iran and is definitely a must-see destination when planning an itinerary. Fifth city in the country for extension, former capital, Shiraz is located on the foothills of Zagros mountains and has a pleasant climate, with short winters and long hot summers.

Are you about to leave for Iran? Here is some advice on how to plan your stay in Shiraz.

10 must-see locations

Mosques, gardens, archaeological sites: Shiraz is full of landscape and architectural gems. Here is a top ten list.

Vakil Bazaar

Vakil Bazaar is the most important bazaar in Shiraz, located in the old city center. It is believed that it was erected in the 11th century. Today it comprises courtyards, baths and shops selling beautiful souvenirs, from carpets for which the country is famous to local handicrafts.

Bazaar traditional fabrics, Iran
Bazaar traditional fabrics.

Eram Garden

Eram Garden is called Bagh Eram in Persian, meaning "the garden of heaven" and was designed in the 20th century during the Qajar period. It hosts a palace, once used by nobles and governors in the province of Fars and then by the members of the royal court. Today it belongs to the University of Shiraz and is open to the public.

Eram Garden in Shiraz, Iran
Eram Garden.

Hafez Tomb

Hafez Tomb, placed beside the Hafezieh memorial, is located in the suburbs of Shiraz and commemorates the Persian poet Hafez. The two pavillions are situated in Musalla Gardens. The buildings in the gardens were designed during the 30s by French architect André Godard. Beside the tomb, in the garden you can admire pools, a tea house and tree-lined paths.

Hafez Tomb in Shiraz, Iran
Hafez Tomb.

Karim Khan Citadel

Karim Khan Citadel is located in the center of Shiraz and was part of a residential complex belonging to the Zand dynasty. Its structure recalls that of the medieval fortresses and for some periods the citadel has been used as a prison. Today it hosts a museum.

Karim Khan Citadel in Shiraz, Iran
Karim Khan Citadel in Shiraz.


Persepolis is one of the most famous and interesting attractions in Iran: it is an archeological site hosting the ruins of one of the five capitals of the Achaemenid empire, located 50 km north of Shiraz.

Its name comes from ancient Greek and means "city of Persia". It hosts the ruins of very important tombs and monuments, built in dark grey marble, with some still intact columns standing out among the rest. Scholars believe that it is the same Persepolis that was first conquered and then destroyed by Alexander the Great.

Nearby there are also some royal tombs. According to an inscription, one preserves the remains of Darius I, who probably chose the location of Persepolis and ordered part of its constructions.

Persepolis ruins, Iran
Ruins of Persepolis in Iran.

Nasir ol Molk Mosque

Nasir ol Molk Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Shiraz and certainly one of the most photographed in Iran. The reason of so much interest is to be found in the colorful glass windows in the eastern prayer hall. The mosque was erected during the Qajar era in the late nineteenth century, thanks to Nasir ol Molk Foundation's financing which also gave the mosque its name.

Nasir al Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
Nasir al Mulk Mosque.

Vakil Baths

Vakil Baths are old public baths in Shiraz, located in the former royal quarter from king Karim Khan Zand's period. Here Vakil Bazaar and Vakil Mosque are also located.

Vakil Baths in Shiraz, Iran
Vakil Baths.

Shah Cheragh

Shah Cheragh is the tomb of Ahmad and Muhammad brothers, the sons of Musa al Kazim imam. They escaped to Shiraz during the Shiite Muslim prosecution perpetrated by the Abbasids.

Shah Cheragh in Shiraz, Iran
Shah Cheragh.

Vakil Mosque

Vakil Mosque is located near the famous Vakil Bazaar. It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century, under Zand dynasty's rule. Its courtyards are decorated with the typical Shiraz tiles. Its night prayer hall features a series of picturesque spiralling columns.

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
Vakil Mosque.

Ali Holy Shrine

The tomb of emir Ali is a mosque where Ali Ibn Hamze, nephew of Shah Cheragh, is buried. The building was erected in the nineteenth century and boasts a beautiful dome in the typical Shiraz architectural style, while the decoration of the interiors was made using fragments of Venetian mirrors.

Ali Holy Shrine in Shiraz, Iran
Ali Holy Shrine.

A curiosity: Shiraz wine

Shiraz is also the name of a world famous wine, also known as Syrah, produced by a red berry vine which probably originated in this region (even though it is more likely to have originated in Syracuse according to others).

Shiraz wine is deep red with some purple hues, has a fruity aroma and a fresh taste and is cultivated all over the world nowadays, especially in Italy and France.

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