Shiraz, The Foundation of Persia
Shiraz is one of the biggest cities in Iran and the most significant city at the center of Fars province at the height of 1486 m above the sea level, located in the Zagros mountainous area, a highly important protection for the strategic location of Shiraz. Shiraz's name has been explored in the Achaemenid inscriptions in Persepolis.
This city has been known as the most significant tourism center, the 6th populous city, the cultural capital of the country, 2nd literary city in the world, the 3rd religious city, the 3rd holy shrine of Iran and the city of poetry, wine, and flower. The tombs of several poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi placed in Shiraz where embraces a major part of Iran’s ancient history, historical, cultural, religious and natural attractions. Placing in the central zone of south Zagros and a partly fertile area, the social and economic structure of Shiraz has been turned into a natural setting for nomads such as Ghashghaei, the farmers and residents to exchange local commodities. This city has also been located in the way of the commercial roads to south ports such as Bushehr, but this role has been faded out by establishing the railway network to other ports of Iran. Administrators and military centers are among the other causes the city to be glorious. Shiraz is economically dependent on industry, significant factories, agriculture, and magnificent handicrafts. Shiraz residents speak in the Shirazi accent of Persian language and most of them are Shia.
UNESCO Heriatages list of Shiraz: Persepolis; Pasargadae; Eram Garden
Shiraz Top Tourist Attrctions: Afif-Abad Garden; Atiq Mosque; Hafezieh; Karim Khan Citadel; Naghsh-e Rostam; Qavam House; Quran’s Gate; Sa’die; Shah Cheragh; Vakil Bath; Vakil bazar; Vakil Mosque; Nasir-ol Molk Mosque