Being famous for its wine, gardens, flowers and nightingales, Shiraz is the place where you can get a clear idea about ancient Persia and ancient Persian people. This beautiful city of beautiful people was once the cradle of science, art and literature in the world so that many historians think of Shiraz as Iran’s Athens. Shiraz boasts it beautiful boulevards, its exquisite mosques and its soil embracing the tombs of the greatest men of literature such as Hafez and Sa'adi. It’s not easy to mention the names of such great people and not give you a taste of their eternal springs of wisdom:
“Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you've no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain!” Translation by M. Aryanpur
The above lines, ironically inscribed at the entrance to the United Nation’s building, are just a glimpse of what Sa'adi offers his reader in his poetry. If I were one of Sa'adi’s descendants, I’d sue the UN at all the courts in the world till they removed the inscription from the entrance to that shameless organization.
Shiraz and its Super Nice People
Iran is comprised of a variety of ethnic groups such as Persians, Turks, Lurs, Kurds, etc. And one of the greatest things about Iranian people is that aside from the jokes they crack about each other’s ethnic groups, they live with a great sense of camaraderie which is something really rare in most countries and is the basic reason that Iran is one of the safest countries in the world. And I won’t be exaggerating if I tell you that people in Shiraz are the most popular people in Iran among Iranians themselves. They’re witty, easygoing, relaxed and happy storytellers whose very sweet accent will keep you at the edge of your seat for hours. I’m reminded of this Shirazi friend of mine called Amir whose friendship I enjoyed as I was doing my military service. We were both security guards at one of the police buildings in Tehran and it was his sweet company that made the hard time pass in a blink.
The city of Shiraz is referred to in ancient Elamite tablets that are more than 4000 years old. Furthermore, there are two very famous ancient ruins in the vicinity of Shiraz called Persepolis and Pasargadae. Both of these sites are around 2500 years old, both have been enlisted as World Heritage Sites, and both exemplify ancient Persia’s style of architecture. Persepolis, was the richest and the most advanced city on Earth at that time and was plundered, and burnt to the ground by Alexander The Great and his army in 330 BC. Historians say the grandeur of Persepolis made him regret his acts in Persepolis in later years.
Being an important city in ancient Persia, Shiraz attracted the attention of all the invaders who had their teeth set to get a bite from this once mighty empire, but the city rose again and again after all the destruction it witnessed and it prospered most during the reign of Zand Dynasty founded by Karim Khan-e Zand in the 18th century. Karim Khan made Shiraz the capital of the Empire and until his death in 1779, he tried to recreate Isfahan’s grandeur created by Shah Abbas I but this time in Shiraz.
Hotels in Shiraz
Shiraz is one of the most touristic cities in Iran and so there are many good hotels in this city. There is one very unique aspect about the hotels in Shiraz; most of the hotels in this city are in fact big renovated historic houses and so the foreign tourists who stay at such hotels in Shiraz will get a taste of traditional style of architecture in this city. Furthermore and generally speaking, the people running these traditional hotels are easygoing and super friendly people who will do all they can to ease your trip in Iran as far as possible.
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