Shiraz is the fifth most populated city in Iran and it is also the capital of Fars Province. It is located in central Iran and it has an elevation of nearly 1500 metres above sea level. During the Zand and Saffarid dinasties, at times, it was the capital of Persia.
Many people rave about Shiraz, the city of wine and roses, home to many of past scholars and artists, in particular Saadi and Hafiz. it is also considered the city of gardens, because of its many old gardens that dot the city. As for wine... fyou may as well forget it.
Fondest memory: With such an introduction one would think of Shiraz a very green city and laid-back city... I must admit that I was slightly disappointed by the city itself... the sights are not that many (although they are truly pretty) and the general impression one has of it if of grey concrete. There's very little in terms of old historical buildings. The parks, however, are impressive.
Thinking back now I am glad I have visited it - not much for the city itself but for the wonderful people. Another good reason - an excellent reason - is the visit to Persepolis and nearby sites: it's one of the top sights in Iran and - as a friend put it (VTer Titti) - if you go to Iran and don't plan on visiting Persepolis, you may as well not go to Iran altogether.
Among Iranian people, Shiraz is famous with its moderate climate. Due to its geographical conditions, it has fully four regular seasons, but in tolerance. Although you can consider it almost close to the warm side, as snow is not a frequent behavior in winters! and there are not many rainy days at all, at least in the recent years!
The best season to visit Shiraz is obviously spring. Spring of Shiraz (Bahar-e Shiraz) is a known expression in Persian. No wonder that with so many gardens and parks in this city, spring has its special tastes and flavours there ... specially nice flavors of rranges and Yas flowers.
July and August heat is bearable, but choose another time to visit. For your information, here is the average temprature of Shiraz in some months regarding the recent years stats:
Jan: 6 C -- Feb: 8 C -- Mar: 11 C
Apr: 18 C -- May: 23 C -- Jun: 28 C
Jul: 30 C -- Aug: 30 C -- Sep: 25 C
Oct: 20 C -- Nov: 12 C -- Dec: 8 C
This may be interesting to know that Zand dynasty is the only kingdom dynasty of all Iran history which has been accepted and confirmed by Islamic revolution standards!
Although the earlier kings of Achaemenid - Cyrus the Great, Xerxes, Darius I the Great - are also very popular personalities for Iranians; but you can see only Zand names as official names of streets and places in Iran cities.
Karim Khan Zand (died 1779), a ruler of Iran and founder of the short-lived Zand dynasty , was known for his humility, kindness, and gallantry. He was a man of good character and a member of the Zand, which was part of the Aryan tribe of Lak in southern Iran.
For over 20 years Karim Khan gave the war-weary people of the country tranquility, security, and justice. The only exception was the short campaign against the Ottoman Empire, in which he captured Basra in order to save the trade of the Persian Gulf. From there he went and captured Baghdad in order to make it easy for the Persian Shiites to go on pilgrimage to Karbala.
He refused to accept the title of the king and instead named himself The Advocate of the People (Vakil)
He chose Shiraz for his capital and beautified that already beautiful city with mosques, bazaars, baths, and gardens which bear his name to this day. Karim Khan's monuments in Shiraz include the famous Arg of Karim Khan, Vakil Bazaar, and several mosques and gardens. He is also responsible for building of a palace in the town of Tehran, the future capital of the Qajar dynasty.
At his death in 1779 the country was thrown again into chaos, and the struggle among his own relatives was the bloodiest.
To this day, he has a reputation as one of the just rulers in Iranian history. A wealth of tales and anecdotes portray Karim Khan as a compassionate ruler, genuinely concerned with the welfare of his subjects.
We arranged through Pars Tourist Agency our accommodation, our city tour and the transfer to Yazd (with stopover to Persepolis). This saved us a lot of time as our time in Shoraz was limited and it would have been impossible to see everything within one day on public transport. They also offer cheap daily trips to Persepolis. All arrangements run smoothly.
Persepolis (Takteh Jamshid).
Pasargad (Tomb of Ciruse the Great).
Naghshe Rostam (Tomb of Darious te great).
Tomb of Saadi and Hafez (Two of most five important poets of Iran).
Zandeh Vakil shopping Mal.
Fondest memory: Warm and good people of shiraz, Visiting Persepolis and Pasargod
I got to want learning Persian word.
You know, Japanese like poet song "tanka","Haiku" from long long times ago as Iranian do.
Iranian calligraphy is as beautiful as Japanese one. I feel some common sense between Japanese and Persian.
This sweet is cold, too. Instead of ice cream, which can be too rich, these starch vermicelli-style noodles are kept in crushed ice and flavoured with rose water and sugar. Add a bit of lemon juice or strawberry syrup to your own taste and heaven enters your mouth.
Fondest memory: Everything!
Once you stop teaching Persian language, culture, literature, & History, then you can Alienate Persian Youth from their culture & you can replace a worthless inferior sub Arabic culture as their own, so they can identify with it.
Eventually it comes to the point that the youth identifies with Islam, & not with Iran!
This is what any lover of Iran is afraid of, alienation of the Youth from their Mother Culture & replacing it with Barbaric Arab Religion & Sub culture which in nature is the natural Enemy of Iranian culture.
This will be DE-Evolution & Regression & Cultural Suicide of Iran to Dark Ages.
We shall avoid this. We shall revive Iran or what ever which has left of it. We shall revive Persian history & teach Persian culture & Irans Super Heroes & Heroines to our youth. Specially we shall inform Persian Women of their proud rich Heroic background.
Remember, by destroying the language, history, traditions, cultures, & celebrations of Iran, they will eliminate Iran & Iran will be just another Arab/Muslim country
Favorite thing: IRI does this, simply because IRI in itself is the "Second Arabo-Islamic Invasion-Occupation of Iran. IRI, is a foreign made, imported Arabo-Muslim occupational government of Iran. By teaching the true history of Iran which is banned by Islamic Republic, we shall teach, & enlighten the youth to their history & culture. Only by this historical education, the youth can learn from the history to build the future. Without the proper knowledge of the past, how can we build the future? Without learning from mistakes of the past, how can we avoid those mistakes, once more? How can we not know of our struggle for freedom during the first Arabo-Muslim invasion of Iran on 651 AD, yet fight & struggle for our freedom during the second Arabo-Muslim invasion-occupation of our land on 1979 AD? How can we not learn of what Arabo-Muslim & Persian Traitors done to our ancestors, & then try to liberate & secure the secular free Iran of the future?
Favorite thing: 222 years of enslavement of Persians & Persian Culture by the hands of Arabo-Muslim & Persian Traitors has started on 651 AD, by the absolute collapse & death of Yazdgird III & has came to an end on 873 AD by the efforts of Yaqoob Leis Saffarid. Many Iranian Freedom Fighters have fought & died during these years. They died so Iran would become free. They sacrificed their lives for this soil. The history of Iran during this 222 years have been never put together & written as a unified single cluster, as you have read. The history of Iran during these 222 crucial years have been obscured, revised, twisted & faded during the last 23 years & by the hands of the Islamic Regime of Tehran. Islamic Republic of Iran has been brain washing & conducting a massive Arabo-Islamic Campaign to abolish our 8000 years old History, specifically those 222 Years of struggle against Arabo-Muslim Occupation.
Persepolis is a must, even if you are only slightly interested in archeology. Thanks to our guide Mr. Hamzeloo we got a great tour, although the Persian version of history differs slightly from what I remember from high school and university...
Fondest memory: Shiraz is of course a whole lot more than just Persepolis. Beautiful gardens and monuments are everywhere but my favorite place was the tea house at the Hafez masoleum. It does great honor to the poet.
This is my city, and there are lots of things I love about it....
And to non natives, Yeah it has a lot to give.
Fondest memory: I was born here. Can't remmember it, but I guess this was one of the best tings happened to me.
Wow. All wall was mirror.
Fondest memory: What should I suggest, explain, may be What a gorgeous, but misterious...solemn..
Certainly we are here in Persia...
Favorite thing: The oranges in Shiraz are the best I've tasted anywhere in the world. They are juicy and delicious. When I was there in March, the orange trees all over Shiraz were laden with fruit.