Fars Province Traditional Food Festival



۶-day Fars traditional Food Festival held in Jannat Garden-Shiraz to promote Fars Cuisine and Tourism.

The exhibition is held in Shiraz on 16-21 December 2015 in order to attract domestic and international tourists.

During the food festival, cuisines from different counties of Fars province are available to visitors.

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.

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.

    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.