The Shah e Cheragh contains the elaborate mirror glass mausoleum of the two brothers, who fled to Shiraz during one of many periods of persecution of Shia Muslims by followers of a different version of their imaginary friend.
The once simple toms of Mir Ahmed and Mir Mohammad have been transformed into elaborate structures, topped by beautiful onion shaped domes. This site is an important pilgrimage site, and security is enforced. No photographs are permitted, so we could enjoy the relaxed peace of the wide courtyard of the complex undistracted by the need to seek out the perfect photo. Women must don a chador, which the women in the booth help to affix, but my wife Minuk found that the damn thing kept trying to fall off.
We first entered the Shrine of Mir Mohammad, at the rear of the courtyard, separate entrances provided for ladies and gentlemen. We parted, and wandered inside around the mirrored maze of the interior, finding the tomb at it's centre. It is very relaxed inside, folk sit on the carpets either talking quietly or praying. Everyone wants to touch or be near the tomb itself, inside a metal screen.
Outside again, to the larger shrine of Mir Ahmed, with its twin minarets, where the experience was similar, though busier. The stricture on photos not extending to those taken on mobile phones!
The traditional shopping Mall of the old city, the tall brick vaulted domes shelter a plethora of shops, from fabric ('madam can have any colour, so long as it is black...') to spices and herbs, carpets and kitchenware.
Last night, from the cypress branch, the nightingale sang,
In Old Persian tones, the lesson of spiritual stations.
In the Musalla garden, on the topmost tier, stands the Hafeziya, an 8 columned cupola underwhich lies the tomb of one of Shiraz most famous sons, the 14th Century poet, Hafez.
In the evening light, with recordings of his ghazals drifting through the trees, many tourists (mostly locals) come to wander among the orange trees of the garden, view the memorial hall, and touch the marble slab beneath the cupola. Later, refreshments can be taken at the teahouse within the grounds.
You may even hear the nightingale sing.
The Arg is a rectangular Brick Fortress, built in the 18th Century. Inside the walls is a small museum.
The building served as both a fort, and residence for its builder. Some of the residential rooms have been restored (and in some cases populated by slightly tacky dioramas)
The interior courtyard is filled with shady citrus trees, providing relief form the heat. The smell of orange blossoms pervades the courtyard in springtime. The park benches provide some privacy for couples to meet.
Kazerun , a city located at south west of Shiraz used to be home to Sassanian capital ,the magnificent city of Bishapur whose structure and architecture was unique in the old era .
Mainly build by stone ,the city is somehow a museum of architecture of almost 700 years of life .
the city established at 224 a.d by Shapur the second Sassanian king. it contains a mosque ,mosaic hall, memorial pillars of the city , a hall appointed to Vlerian and some other structures ...
In case you have a little time in Shiraz and u have the least interest in nature give it a chance ...this is one of the greatest activities u may do there .
the tour start in Lost paradise , an exquisite natural garden laid in a valley with a fascinating stream in the middle .
u may climb up along the river to reach a beautiful village called Jiderzar ,a village where never saw a car since there is no road leading to it .
if u cross the mountain u will find another amazing village covered in apple gardens called Kahkarun
the village is magnificent in all season ,with plains around ,rivers flowing inside and high mountains around .A M A Z I N G .
close to the place there exist a spring and a lake called SHESH PIR .the next place we have been to was Barm Firuz mount , a mountain peak where cuddle a lake at the top and from middle fall until spring the lake is covered in snow .
the trip was so fascinating that feeded my dreams for some time after ward ;in case u need some more information give me a call : +98 917 316 0937
Ghalat a city at 30 west of Shiraz .the city is located at the hillside of Sorkh mount .
there exist quite a vast space of garden on around the village.around the spring the melting of the snows on the mountain creates .and the city is composed of two parts : old and new village .
the remnants of church , castle , mosque and public bath of the village are still visible .
just beside VAKIL BAZAR in Shiraz there are some carpet exhibition .they have some kilim ,rug ,and carpets of different designs and colors .the eye-catching designs of carpets and their different colors gives u a good taste of Persian and specifically Fars art .I wonder how much u know about this art ,but keep in mind that what u see as a carpet is composed of hundreds of ties around some thins woofs .
this is lovely ! dont miss it .
Fars a county steeped in history and culture , the cultural capital of Iran ,has embraced a myriad of historical sites .
actually fars is the cradle of Achamanid and Sasanid dynasty
Persepolis the glorious capital of Achamanid is just 50 km away from Shiraz toward north .
Maiden castle ,the first sign of Sasanid dynasty is just 60 km southward ...
and many many others
how may I describe those various and amazing nature by words.
what do u like ?! desert ? snow ? temperate weather ? sun ?!
all are available with a short drive from Shiraz in different directions .
hundreds of thousands of jaw dropping scenes and picturesque views .
dont miss time reading these !!!! pack and move ;)
The ceilings of the entry, the iwans and the various niches and alcoves in the Valkil mosques are masterpieces of the builders and the tilers art. With their intricate honeycomb moulding covered so precisely with the most beautifully painted tile work, they are quite stunning.
Seyed Amir Ahmad, brother of the Imam Reza, died and was buried in Shiraz in the 8th century, since when his shrine, known as the Shah-e Cheragh (the King of Light) has become a place of pilgrimage. The mausoleum has been rebuilt many times over the centuries and the current building, with its spectacularly beautiful dome, as well as the tomb and the interior mirror work, dates from the 19th century.
Non-Muslims may visit this shrine. Women must wear a chador here, but there is a little kiosk to supply them (clean and pressed) should you not have one.
It's particularly nice to go to the shrine in the early evening when the dome is softly lit from beneath as the light fades.
The Sassanian dynasty that followed Darius's Archaemenians also left their mark at Naqsh-e Rostam in the form of huge rock carvings of their kings, gods and triumphs through the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. These sit below the tombs, carved into the cliff face in quite high relief, and whilst some are rather worn, others are in excellent condition.
A former public bath! now changed into a restaurant- coffee house. It is a nice place to visit and have a lunch or dinner. Dinner is served on traditional seats and there is a live traditional music at dinnertime. (Not anymore. The restaurant is now closed, but you can still See the old Building.
(pic from www.art-arena.com)
The house dates back to Ghajar times, late 19th or early 20th century. It used to be one of Ghavam’s houses.
I’ve been there many times as a member of Environmental protection community of Shiraz, for the house now belongs to the Institute for the Study of Fars Province (fars-shenasi). Of course it is open to visitors. The house is not very big but is marvelously decorated especially he main room (panj-dari). The most interesting part though, is a Museum of wax figures in the basement.