Shiraz is a large city with over a million inhabitants located in the south of Iran in the Fars province on a high plain at an altitude of 1500m asl. Due to its high altitude and location the climate is relatively mild throughout the year with mild winters and bearable summers. Shiraz has been inhabited for over 4000 years, with the first reference found on Elamite clay tablets from 2000 BC. Since the 13th century Shiraz has been a major centre for Persian culture and has experienced growing prosperity. During the Zand dynasty (AD 1747-79) Shiraz was the capital of Iran. Nowadays Shiraz has a pleasant city centre with many historical sights and pleasant gardens. The city is also a major industrial centre in Iran, having a major oil refinery and a sizable electronics industry.
I'd like to recommend my guide in Shiraz, Farzaneh Boloori (leo.farzaneh@gmail.com), a competent and friendly lady with a deep knowledge of Shiraz and the surrounding area.

01 Citadel walls at dusk 02 Citadel walls at dusk 03 Citadel walls at dusk 04 Fortress at dusk
05 Citadel at night 06 Citadel at night 07 Inner court facades 08 Inner court facades
09 Painted vault 10 Stained glass window 11 Painted vault 12 Citrus trees in inner court 13 Dome vault
14 Public bath 15 Public bath 16 Dome vault 17 Public bath 01 Shrine with dome
02 Dome 03 Dome 04 Shrine 05 Inner court with tombstones 06 Tombstones 07 Shrine and pool
08 Window with brass balls grid 09 Impressive glassworks inside the shrine 10 Dome vault with mirror glass 11 Impressive glassworks inside the shrine 12 Tomb of Emir Ali 13 Dome vault with mirror glass
14 Tomb of Emir Ali 15 Impressive glassworks inside the shrine 16 Dome vault with mirror glass 17 Vault with mirror glass mosaic 18 Mirror glass mosaic dome 19 Brass balls grid
20 Brass balls grid 21 Impressive glassworks inside the shrine 22 Impressive glassworks inside the shrine 23 Shrine interior 24 Tomb of Emir Ali 25 Tomb of Emir Ali
26 Prayer stones 27 Vault with mirror glass mosaic 28 Vault with mirror glass mosaic 29 Door 30 Chandelier
01 Minaret 02 Facade detail with window 03 Reflections in the pond 04 Decorated walls 05 Decorated walls 06 Vaulted iwan
07 Winter prayer hall 08 Winter prayer hall 09 Winter prayer hall 10 Winter prayer hall 11 Stained glass windows in winter prayer hall
12 Stained glass windows in winter prayer hall 13 Winter prayer hall 14 Winter prayer hall 15 Stained glass windows in winter prayer hall 16 Winter prayer hall
17 Tourist with tour guide 18 Winter prayer hall 19 Winter prayer hall 20 Winter prayer hall 21 Hall with arched ceiling 22 Hall with arched ceiling
23 Well in the basement 24 Hall with arched ceiling 01 Colonnade with staircase 02 Garden 03 Colonnade with staircase
04 Pavilion 05 Visitors touching tombstone 06 Visitors touching tombstone 07 Marble tombstone 08 Inscriptions on marble tombstone
09 Pavilion ceiling with tiles mosaic 10 Garden 11 Garden 12 Tomb of Hafez at dusk
13 Tomb of Hafez at dusk 14 Tomb of Hafez pavilion at night 15 Tomb of Hafez pavilion at night 16 Garden at night 01 Iranian tourists
02 Yellow tagetes flowers 03 Mausoleum of Saadi 04 Mausoleum of Saadi 05 Colonnade 06 Mausoleum interior with tombstone 07 Tombstone
08 Tombstone 09 Room below Saadi tomb with water well 10 Room below Saadi tomb with water well 11 Room below Saadi tomb with water well 12 Octagonal decorated ceiling 13 Octagonal decorated ceiling
01 Inner courtyard 02 Iwan with minarets 03 Iwan with minarets 04 Minaret 05 Iwan
06 Prayer hall 07 Prayer hall columns 08 Columns in vaulted prayer hall 09 Circular vault 10 Mihrab
11 Vakil bath house 12 Vakil bath house 13 Vakil bath house 01 Setareh Fars shopping mall
02 Shiraz skyline 03 Shiraz skyline 04 Marble stele 05 Quran gate at diusk
06 Quran gate at night 07 Quran gate at night 08 Quran gate at night 09 Illuminated wall near Quran gate at night 10 Illuminated wall near Quran gate at night
11 Illuminated wall near Quran gate at night 12 Shiraz park at night 13 Shiraz park at night 14 Hookah waterpipes for sale 15 Aromatic wood
16 White rice 17 White rice 18 Food shop at night 19 Men on street at night 20 Cinema at night
21 Shapouri pavilion 01 Vakil bazaar 02 Vakil bazaar 03 Carpet shop 04 Carpet shop 05 Carpet and handicraft shop
06 Vakil bazaar 07 Vakil bazaar 08 Vakil bazaar 09 Sweets 10 Colourful scarves 11 Scarves shop 12 Colourful fabric shop
13 Fabrics for sale 14 Fabric shop 15 Scarves shop 16 Scarves shop 17 Shop 18 Vakil bazaar 19 Vakil bazaar
20 Inner court with shops 21 Wall decorations shop 22 Wall decorations shop 23 Spices shop 24 Square with pool 25 Saray-e Mehr traditional restaurant
26 Saray-e Mehr traditional restaurant 01 Main entrance 02 Bagh-e Narenjestan garden 03 Bagh-e Narenjestan garden 04 Bagh-e Narenjestan garden
05 Ghavam house 06 Room with stained glass windows 07 Decorated niche 08 Ornamental ceiling 09 Ornamental ceiling and windows 10 Decorated niche
11 Ornamental ceiling 12 Glass door 13 Mirror mosaic room 14 Bagh-e Narenjestan garden 15 Iranian girl in traditional Shirazi dress 16 Iranian girl in traditional Shirazi dress
17 Room 18 Frescoes on ceiling 19 Bagh-e Narenjestan garden 20 Qajar era painting on tiles 21 Qajar era clothing
01 Persian garden 02 Persian garden 03 Young Iranians with mother 04 Persian garden 05 Persian garden
06 Persian garden 07 Persian garden 08 Persian garden 09 Young Iranian girl 10 Young Iranian girl 11 Tree
12 Persian garden 13 Persian garden 14 Qavam house 15 Saffron icecream 16 Saffron icecream
01 Dining room 02 Chandelier 03 Shapouri pavilion 04 Garden 05 Shapouri pavilion and pool 06 Shapouri pavilion at night
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