Blue Lighting on Karim Khan Citadel

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day blue light installation organized in Karim Khan Citadel in cooperation with Fars Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and Shiraz city health center .

The Public Relations of Fars Cultural Heritage , Handicrafts and Tourism Organization ” reported: World Diabetes Day, held on 14 November, marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, discoverer of insulin, ” for the first time in 1991 in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) was named as World Diabetes Day .

The purpose of this day is named for increasing public awareness of the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of this disease.


Italian Tourism Minister visits Fars Province Tourism Attractions



Shiraz, Sept 29, FCHTO – Italian Tourism Minister, Dario Franceschini , on Tuesday visited some of Fars province Tourism attractions such as: Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and Pasargadae as well as got familiar with tourism potentiality in Fars Province.

He also urges expansion of mutual relations in the realm of tourism with Iran.

The minister accompanied by Italian Ambassador to Iran Mauro Conchatori with a number of Italian experts.

    Unesco World Heritage sites

        Historical Sites

          • Karim-Khan Citadel
          • Hafez Mausoleum
          • Sa`di Mausoleum
          • Qavam Orangery(Naranjestan)
          • Nasir-al Molk House


              • Pars Museum
              • Haft tanan Stone Museum
              Religious Sites
              • Shah-e Cheragh
              • Ali Ebn-e Hamze
              • Vakil Mosque
              Parks & Gardens
              • Eram Garden
              • Delgosha Garden
              • Jahan-nama Garden
              • Afif-abad Garden(Golshan)
              Natural Sites
              • Margoon Waterfall

              A group of Iranian and Italian archaeologists has started the new season of excavating project at the ancient site of Persepolis.



              The study is to be conducted by the Iranian specialists and Italian experts from the University of Bologna.

              The new project is scheduled to center on the structure and architecture of the ancient ruins which belonged to Achaemenid period, said head of the project Ali Reza Asgari.

              The recent study aims to find the clues for the mystery of human habitations at the ancient area, social classes and the identity of people who established the city, Asgari explained.

              The magnificent ruins of Persepolis lie at the foot of Kouh-e Rahmat in the plain of Marv Dasht near Shiraz in Iran’s southern province of Fars.

              The experts hope this season of research will improve professional knowledge about the society of the Achaemenids.

              Archaeologists had earlier excavated pieces of a stone inscription at the area during a project in 2013. The inscription belonged to an ancient Achaemenid emperor.

              The project was led by the specialist in historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale”, Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples, Italy.

              Persepolis was Founded by Darius I around 518 BCE,  the capital of the Achaemenid Empire as well as the symbol of the Achaemenid dynasty.

              “It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire.”

              The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site.

              Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova has visited Persepolis historical site in Shiraz.



              “Persepolis, is one of the most beautiful and glorious ancient buildings registered in UNESCO,” Bokova expressed.

              While UNESCO has collaboration strategies for protecting of the archaeological remains, the organization will assist Iran in the renovation and reconstruction projects of Persepolis and several other ancient structures, she stated.

              Bokova along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif inaugurated an exhibition of historical maps during a ceremony held in Tehran on Saturday, April 27.

              Bokova dedicated UNESCO registration certificate for the collection to Iranian foreign minister during the ceremony, while Iranian minister presented Persian Gulf; Atlas of Old and Historical Maps to the UNESCO director general.

              Pasargadae: Earliest capital of Achaemenid Empire

              The ancient monument of Pasargadae as the earliest capital of the Achaemenid (First Persian) Empire manifests the glorious civilization of the nation.

              Located near the Iranian historical city of Shiraz, the place was not only the capital of its founder Cyrus the Great (559–۵۳۰ BC) but later became his last resting place.

              The first capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Pasargadae lies in ruins 43 kilometers from Persepolis, in Fars province, southwestern Iran.

              The structure was unfinished when Cyrus demise in a battle. The location is currently considered as one of Iran’s most remarkable archaeological site which covers 1.6 square kilometers.

              Pasargadae stands as an exceptional witness to the Achaemenid civilization. The vast Achaemenid Empire, which extended from the eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Hindus River in India, is considered the first empire to be characterized by a respect for the cultural diversity of its peoples.

              The most important monument in Pasargadae is the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great.

              Pasargadae represents the first phase of this development into a specifically Persian architecture which later found its full expression in the city of Persepolis.

              Archaeologists have recently unveiled that Pasargadae site was granted with unique structural engineering as Achaemenid engineers built the city to withstand a severe earthquake, what would today be classified as 7.0 on the Richter magnitude scale.

              Pasargadae was first archaeologically explored by the German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld in 1905.

              In 1928, Herzfeld along with his assistant Friedrich Krefter did one excavation season.

              After Herzfeld, Sir Aurel Stein completed a site plan for Pasargadae in 1934. Later, in 1935, Erich F. Schmidt produced a series of aerial photographs of the entire complex.

              In 1930, the Brazilian poet Manuel Bandeira published a poem called “Vou-me embora pra Pasárgada (I will go away to Pasargadae)” in a book titled Libertinagem.

              In the book, Pasargadae is described as a utopian city. This poem has become one of the Portuguese language´s classics.

              Pasargadae was registered with UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2004.


              If you are interested in walking around, you will enjoy some sightseeing excursion in Shiraz.

              It takes half a day and you visit six major sites before ending up in an enjoyable local restaurant where traditional food is served.



              Zand Quarters was initially built in the second half of 18th century when Karimkhan Zand was ruling over most parts of Iran from Shiraz .

              This was the flourishing era of Shiraz .The king, who preferred not to be called as such and named himself Vakil-o-Roaya (Attorney of people), decided to build a citadel in the heart of the city and ruled from there.


              So, you can begin your sightseeing walking from this spot.

              Arg-e Karimkhan (Karimkhan Citadel)

              When you are taking your tour to Iran, you rarely come across such a thing as an old and huge citadel in the center of a city.

              This is a rectangular brick fortress with a bastion at all its corners in the northeast of Shahrdari Square.

              Karimkhan used to live here and ruled from this citadel. Its stronghold appearance may make you think of anything but a presidential palace, but it has actually been such a building inside for him.

              Karimkhan’s residence has got a decorative panel of glazed tiles on top of its eastern entrance depicting Rostam, the protagonist of Shahnameh, the epic poems of Ferdowsi, the Iranian poet of 10th and 11th centuries. It resembles the fight with demonic forces.

              Inside, you will find a garden with orange trees and four major sections in the middle of each wing. In addition, there is a private bath at the southeast of this large courtyard that is worth a visit.

              Pars Museum

              Near Arg-e Karimkhan, there is a small park and a street, which is in fact the roof of an underpass for cars driving under the Zand Quarters.

              On the other side of this street and almost at the south of the citadel, there is a mall and an elegant octagonal building inside a garden called Nazar.

              This mansion used to be called Kolah Farangi (foreign hat) building, because it resembled what people used to know as foreign hat. It has been converted into Pars Museum.

              Karimkhan used to meet foreign and domestic dignitaries who came to his court for official visits.

              At present, exhibitions of exquisite Qur’ans, beautiful paintings and handicrafts beckon visitors to spend some time there to appreciate Iranian arts.


              Vakil Mosque

              Walking along the fences of Nazar Garden toward east and a little before the main entrance to the bazaar, on the right-hand side, you will see a relatively broad street leading to the entrance of Vakil Mosque.

              From afar, it invites you to a colorful celebration of striking glazed tiles bearing beautiful floral patterns.

              After passing across a wide-open courtyard, you will enter the southern columned hall hidden behind the tall entrance portal.

              This hall is lined with pillars set in a precise order. They are so monochromatic that you will immediately notice the tiled ceiling leading you from the entrance to the prayer niche.


              Vakil Bathhouse


              This public bath is located a few meters to the west of Vakil Mosque. You will find the interesting architectural features of Zand Era as well as tasteful decorations in it.

              Wax statues of people from all walks of life living during that period tell you more about life in 18th-century Iran.

              You will learn about different parts of a typical public bath as it used to be. This bath was converted into a restaurant and then an exhibition of Persian rugs.

              Eventually, it was decided to use it as a museum in which the traditional bath ambiance is introduced




              ——————————————————————————————————-Vakil Bazaar & Saraye Moshir

              Go back to the main street where you were walking from Pars Museum toward east and walk a bit further in the same direction to get to the main entrance of the bazaar.

              You will reach a point where on both the northern and southern sides of the street, you will find the entrance to Shiraz Bazaar.

              Which one is more exotic for most visitors? The southern street is. It has got very colorful shops and an aromatic atmosphere, thanks to the herbal shops at the beginning of the passageway.

              The northern side is where most local people go for shopping. It has its own charm. If your time allows, you may want to explore this one for shopping at reasonable prices.

              You will be amazed by the fascinating high-arched ceilings of Vakil Bazaar in the southern section.

              Soon after entering, you can see a dome with a junction underneath. It gives you an idea of the passageways crossing the main one offering similar items, workshops and warehouses.

              Proceed to the end of this passageway and you will see dozens of fabric stores selling glittering materials. Usually, Qashqai nomads go to Shiraz to buy their traditional dress.

              At the end, turn left and walk less than 10 meters to find an entrance on the left that leads to the astonishing set of stores offering Iranian traditional handicrafts from carpets to enamel works and from inlaid woodworks to copper items. This colorful place I called Saraye Moshir


              This section is an impressive part of the bazaar and easily distinguishable for its charming tileworks and the pool in the middle of its courtyard. Several types of handicrafts from Fars province can be found here.


              Jahannama Garden




              Quran Gate

              Quran Gate is a historical gate in beautiful city of Shiraz. It is located at the northeastern entrance of the city, on the way to Marvdasht and Isfahan, between Baba Kouhi and Chehel Maqam Mountains near Allah-O-Akbar Gorge. It is consider to be one of the most picturesque entrance in Iran so you can arrange to spend the night out in this wonderful place.