Shiraz province, Iran World Heritage Sites
There are a few cities like Shiraz in every country that almost entire citizens are agreed on it’s qualities and characteristics of living. These features are not defined and stabilized and can be very different depending on the situation. However, shiraz is definitely one of those cities. Every person who have visited this city, brought back with him/herself the great souvenir of a desire to live the rest of life in Shiraz. After all, how can you see places like takhte jamshid and nasir-ol-molk mosque and don’t fall in love with them?
What make Shiraz the place it is?
It’s an inadequate expectation to answer this question in a digest form of titles. In fact we are going to try our best to show you a glimpse of these astonishing qualities in this article. It’s necessary to know a bit about it’s demographic and geographic features in advance.
Shiraz population is about 1.6 million which makes it the 5th largest city of IRAN in this case. They are mostly muslims but there are different religious groups like Christians, jews and … who are living in Shiraz. It is the capital of pars province which almost is placed in southwest area of IRAN .
Shiraz had a special and important role in IRAN ’s history and part of it’s attraction and personality comes from the great royal battles and kings that it had seen. We can use places and sructures like takhte jamshid, pasargad and nasir-ol-molk mosque which we’ll discuss them later on as a proof.
Also because of proper modern medical organizations and facilities, and also moderate weather specially in spring and autumn, there are tons of people traveling this city for medical purposes.
Poetry is definitely the most important and desired form of art and literature in IRAN ’s history and Shiraz have the honor to be called and recognized as the city of poetry. Some of the greatest poems of IRAN were born and raised in this city and their tombs are now of the most visited attractions of Shiraz. We can name Hafez and Sa’adi in this case. It is not it’s only by name though. City of wine, gol-o-bolbol which is indicating it’s pleasant weather in spring, colorful flowers all around the city and gardens with a great number of birds migrating showing how rare and dreamful the atmosphere can get in Shiraz. It’s vast grape gardens is the reason behind years of producing high quality wines.
These characteristics formed an identity which made Shiraz the proper city to build around the opportunity of a touristic place. There are many parks, gardens and playgrounds inside and outside of the city, for example eram or jahan-gosha garden. Historical museums like narenjesan-e ghavam and water museum along with museum of takhte jamshid are probably the most known of them.
There are many historical attractions too, which are the main reason behind gaining so much attention. Zandieh collection which is the combination of most beautiful and artistic structures and Islamic-parsi architecture, and also nasir-ol-molk mosque which some claimed to be the most beautiful mosque around the world. pasargad
History as the identity of Shiraz; takhte jamshid
Persepolis in IRAN was the capital of achaemenid empire which were ruling more than 200 years between the 4th and 6th centuries BCE. There are sites of remains of their architectural style (like takhte jamshid and pasargad) and they are declared as the world heritage by UNESCO 40 years ago. perspolis in Shiraz
It is believed that takhte jamshid was built by darius in 515 BC. It’s function and case of application is not clear yet, but archaeologists and historians seem to agree on it’s seasonal and ceremonial use like Nowruz.
Takhte jamshid as mentioned before is one the worldwide known places in IRAN and a souvenir from one of the greatest empires history had ever seen. it’s astonishing and unearthly design of columns and gates are well known and are symbols of IRAN and Shiraz identity in many drawings and emblems.
Takhte jamshid placed in north area of marvdasht city and is 50 kilometers away from Shiraz. Persepolis in IRAN or takhte jamshid has different sections and palaces like entrance stairways (which is very symbolic from an architectural aspect), gate of all nations, apadana palace, hadish palace and etc. what is left could be more if it wasn’t burned by alexander the great in wars against achaemenid dynasty which ended their years of ruling.
Visiting this site would probably be one of anyone’s exceptional experiences. It is truly amazing how these great buildings were constructed thousands of years ago. Perspolis in Shiraz
Religion and art; nasir-ol-molk mosque
It is interesting how different powers of life collide and generate. nasir-ol-molk mosque is that kind of beings which emerged as the product of confrontation of art and religion in Qajar era. nasir-ol-molk mosque also known as the pink mosque was built in 1888 in Shiraz. What is mesmerizing in the true meaning of the word is the delicate colorful glass windows forged with accuracy, tiles painted with exceptional patterns, arches designed and built masterfully, carpets full of astonishing colors and forms which all together create an atmosphere that is far beyond any experience you may had previously. Using a wide range of pink like colors in interior design earned the by name of pink mosque for nasir-ol-molk mosque. You could say that nasir-ol-molk mosque is a rainbow formed as a building and the spiritual atmosphere help the people to feel something suigeneris.
nasir-ol-molk mosque was designed in a direction that sunlight shines thorough glassy windows in fall and winter right on the bedchambers which makes the atmosphere warm and dreamful. It’s truly amazing how buildings like nasir-ol-molk mosque can get past of modern architectural forms aesthetic wise and hypnotize your soul.
One thing for sure is that you can’t describe Shiraz easily. Takhte jamshid , Persepolis , nasir-ol-molk mosque , pasargad , hafez and etc are just words that should be sensed bodily. Shiraz is a city that culminated it’s potentials throughout the history in every different eras. Now we are enjoying every word of this story of beauty.