Shiraz

Shiraz, the provincial capital of Fars, is known as the cultural capital of Iran, and the "City of roses and poets". It is the heart of Iran’s history and a center for the rich Persian literary heritage. It has been the cradle of civilization and art for many centuries. Famous philosophers, thinkers and poets produced their masterpieces in this beautiful city. Shiraz is situated in a plain surrounded by two mountain ranges offering a mild climate and magnificently impressive gardens to this city. Shiraz, one of Iran's oldest cities and the fourth biggest in the country, has been the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty and hosts quite a few interesting historical sites. Shiraz is known as the city of flowers and nightingales, referring to its beautiful gardens and two very famous poets; Sa'di and Hafez. There are quite a few beautiful mosques and other historical buildings showing the fantastic architecture, tile works and mirror works of Zand and Qajar era. 
All this plus the good atmosphere and friendly people make this sunny city well worth a visit. S
ome of the famous attractions of Shiraz are as follows:   

Vakil Bazar

A traditional bazar built in 18th century. It comprises arched alcoves with wide platforms in between, and seventy-four high and well-proportioned arches sustaining the roof, and there is a high domed crossing, where the east and west bazars diverge from the main bazar. Vakil Bazar is ranked among the most colorful bazars of middle east.

Tomb of Hafez

The famous poet Hafez (14th century) is buried in Shiraz. The Tomb of Hafez or Hafezieh consisting of an open pavilion structure and a columned hall is situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez. The present buildings, built in 1935 and designed by the French architect and archaeologist André Godard, are at the site of previous structures built in 18th century. The tomb, its gardens, and the surrounding memorials to other great figures are a focus of tourism in Shiraz. 

Tomb of Sa'di

The famous poet Saadi's (Sadi, Sa-di) Mausoleum. Marble tomb dates from 1860s, an octagonal shaped building, walls inscribed with Saadi's poems in tile. Saadi, the poet and mystic of 13th century AD, is recognized not only for the quality of his writing, but also for the depth of his social thoughts. The following poem of Saadi is inscribed at the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York:
Of One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcerned with Others' Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.

Afif Abad Gardden and Weapon museum

A former palace built in 1863,  which is currently housing the Weapon museum.Originally Golshan Garden, constructed at the request of Mohammed Khan Qavamol-Molk about two hundred years ago. The current main building was constructed by Mirza Ali Mohammadkhan Ghawam II in 1863. After his death the garden was eventually inheritted by a lady called Afifeh, thus being called Afif Abad.
The garden is a beautiful example of a Persian garden and the palace' cellar is used as a weapon museum. There is a beutiful spa part in the garden, which is converted to a café for visitors today.

Quran Gate

Quran Gate locally known as Darvazeh Ghor-an, is the ancient gated entrance to Shiraz from north. Zand king, Karim Khan added a room at the top of the gateway to house a holy Quran so travelers leaving the city, passed under the Quran to be blessed for a safe trip! The complex also includes tomb of Khaju-ye Kermani, teacher of Hafez and a court poet contemporary to Sa-di. The view of Shiraz is breathtaking from this spot!

Nasir-al-Molk Mosque

Naisr al Mulk mosque is one of the most colorful mosques of Iran with one of the most beautiful tile work and architecture typical from the Qajar era with extensive colored glass wrok in its decoration. The mosque was built in 1888 by Nasir al Mulk a famous Qajar prince. 

Narenjestan Garden

Naranjestan Ghavam, Shiraz, Iran. Built 1879-1886, was the residance of governer of Fars province in Qajar period (19th century) . Significantly represent Iranian Architecture during Qajar era. Since 1998, the complex is used by the faculty of Art and Architecture of Shiraz University.

Karim khan's Castle (Arg)

Castle of Karim Khan (or Arge Karim Khani ) is a rectangular castle built in central Shiraz , in18 th century , during the reign of Karim Khan Zand, who used it as his main residence. It has four circular watch towers at its corners. Inside the Arg, there are different buildings, the north building was used in winter, the south building for summer use, and west building was four all seasons. Outside of the building has simple presentation but on the contrary, inside the rooms used to have beautiful decorations , mostly gone after an arson happened in 20th  century.