Shiraz: The City of Roses and Poetry

Shiraz, the capital of Fars province is located southwest of Iran at the foot of the Zagros Mountains. It is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia and the earliest reference to the city, as Tiraziš, is on Elamite clay tablets dated to 2000 BC.

The city has a moderate climate and is the home of beautiful old gardens. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, it was the literary capital of Persia. Two of the most famous Persian poets of the 13th and 14th centuries, Saadi (1184-1292) and Hafez (1300-1388) are from Shiraz and their venerated tombs are among the top tourist attractions of the city. Hence, many knows Shiraz by its beautiful nickname that is “The City of Roses and Poetry”. For many centuries it has been famous for its wines when it was also known as “The City of Wine and Women”.

Regardless of its different names, Shiraz is proud of its history, its traditions, its beauties, and above all, its openness and hospitality. A sample of the spirit of Shiraz is the coexistence between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.

Very close to the city, there are historical places that alone are worth a trip to Iran. Each year, Persepolis and Pasargadae, the remains of the capitals of the Achaemenid Empire, attract numerous tourists to the country.