Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz

Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
  • ThemeArchitecture/ Religious and Epic/ Eastern Bazaar
  • CodeIRRS4
  • Duration4 hr(s) and 45 min(s)
  • Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
    What To Expect

    The historical context of the city boasts many other attractions worthy of visit:

    - Atiq Jame Mosque  (the oldest mosque of Shiraz erected during the 9th century);

    - Khan School (a Safavid theological school built in the time of Shah Abbas I);

    - No (new) Mosque (the second oldest mosque f Shiraz erected in 13th century.

    On your way from Vakil Bathhouse to the Citadel of Karim Khan, you can also visit Pars Museum which is in the middle of the beautiful Nazar garden.


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    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Shahcheragh Shrine
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bazaar
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Mosque
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Vakil Bath
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Top Places You Must Visit in Shiraz
    Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)

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    Take Glimpses of the History along the Passways of Shiraz

    Every monument in Iran reminds of a historical figure or certain historical events. While in Shiraz, one of the top places to visit is Nasir-al-Molk mosque, built with the command of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al-Molk, in the 19th century. Try to go there in the morning so as not to miss the exquisite natural play of lights through colorful glass. Then stop at Shah-e Cheragh shrine where Sultan Mir Ahmad, one of the brothers of Imam Reza was buried in the 9th century. Being the chief religious site in Shiraz, Shah-e Cheragh shrine boasts of a remarkable architecture. 

    Our next stops on this route are the structures built in the 18th century by Karim Khan Zand, the then regent of Iran. The Vakil Bazaar was built in a cross shape plan and contained shops and caravansaries which stand to this date. After the Bazaar it is a good idea to visit the 18th century Vakil Bathhouse and the Vakil mosque. The bathhouse occupies an area of 1,350 square meters and its chambers were designed in a way to prevent the heat from escaping the chambers and cold air from getting in. The Vakil mosque maintains the basic features of Zand architecture, though it has endured many phases of destruction and reconstruction. The journey through the monuments built by Karim Khan Zand can be completed by a visit to the Citadel. It consists of 12,800 square meter area with four circular towers at each corner. The Citadel was constructed as a fortified residential and administrative area in the center of the city.

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    A) Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STARTING

    Nasir al-Mulk mosque (Pink Mosque)

    Nasir al-Mulk mosque mosque also called “Mosque of colors,” the “Rainbow Mosque” and most notably the “Pink Mosque”, was constructed along with a bathhouse, a school, and a cistern. Construction of this Qajarid complex took about ten years (1876-1887) and was carried out by Haj Mohammad Hassan, with the command of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al-Mulk, the third son of Qavam al Molk. The latter was the ruler of Fars and enjoyed the trust of the Qajar court. 

    Although the mosque was constructed in the Qajar period (1785 to 1925), it follows some of the architectural forms of the Zand era (1751-1794). Its main entrance is located on the west o...

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    B) Shahcheragh Shrine
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    When Sultan Mir Ahm9 MIN(S) BY WALKING

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    C) Vakil Bazaar
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    Vakil bazaar was built between the years 1770 and 1774 following the order of Karim Khan, the regent of Iran and founder of the Zand dynasty. It is said that Karim Khan was inspired by the Safavid Qayṣariya bazaar of Lar, and had this bazaar built in a similar way. This Bazaar was owned by the court which lent the stores to the shopkeepers for a small charge. 

    The bazaar stretches from the northeast to the southwest forming a cross-shaped plan constituted by two perpendicular archways. Each branch of this cross forms a specific commercial unit, called rasteh. The two north and south rastehs used to include eighty-two shops, the west and east wings housed twenty and thirt...

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    D) Vakil Mosque
    Duration : 30 mins
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    Vakil mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters and is named after the founder of Zand dynasty. It is recorded that the early construction of this major religious building of the Zand period started in 1766, over the relics of a Safavid structure. This 18th-century structure was reconstructed several times in the 19th century. The major reconstructions, including the entrance tilework and that of the porches, were undertaken from 1827 to 1828.

    The main entrance is located in the northern side of the mosque, adorned with tiled stalactites, calligraphy and stone friezes. The tile work features the unique Shirazi style of decoration which inspired its subsequent structures in...

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    E) Vakil Bath
    Duration : 30 mins
    Point Type: STOP OVER


    Vakil bathhouse with an area of 1,350 sq. m is one of the largest traditional bathhouses in Iran built by Karim Khan Zand, the “Vakil” (1751-79). The bathhouse was in use until 90 years ago, then it was changed into a traditional gymnasium for a while and then to a historical monument.

    The structure is mainly built of brick, gypsum mortar and stone. The entrance portal on the north of the bathroom is a low doorway connecting to an anteroom with a slight slope. This technique along with the angled entrance of the rooms were brilliantly applied to trap the heat inside.

    The anteroom, decorated with arabesque patterns, leads to a chamber which used to be a dressing hall...

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    F) Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
    Duration : 45 mins
    Point Type: ENDING

    Arg of Karim Khan (Arg-e Karim Khan)

    Arg-e Karim Khan is the 18th-century royal castle of the well-known ruler of Zand dynasty, Karim Khan. As Shiraz became the capital of Iran in the Zand era (1751-1794), Karim Khan brought different architects and craftsmen from all over the country and even India to build this fortification in the best part of the city. This citadel was built in 1766 and is one of the earliest buildings constructed in Shiraz under the Zand rule.

    The Arg is a large, rectangular building, originally surrounded by a 4-meter deep moat as a means of protection against the threats of enemies. Furthermore, there ar...

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    Cost Info

    Tickets
    • Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)2 €
    • Shahcheragh Shrinefree
    • Vakil Bazaarfree
    • Vakil Mosque3 €
    • Vakil Bath2 €
    • Arg of Karim Khan (Karim Khan Citadel)3 €
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    Additional Info

    • Visiting the iconic Qajarid mosque of Nasir al-Molk built in the 19th century

    • Visiting the holy shrine of Ahmad and Mohammad, sons of the seventh Imam of Shias, first built the 12th century

    • Walking along the 18th-century traditional bazaar of Vakil

    • Browsing the 18th century mosque built in the time Karim Khan Zand

    • Visiting the 18th- century bathhouse in the Vakil Complex

    • Exploring the handsome citadel dating back to the 18th century. 

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