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Shîrâz: The Beauty of Seven Nations

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An August 2001 trip to Shiraz by Mutt

Ruins of Persepolis Photo, Shiraz, Iran More Photos
Quote: A pleasant little city, within easy striking distance of the country’s finest archaeological sites.

Shîrâz: The Beauty of Seven Nations

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Overview

Darvazé-yé Qoran  Photo, Shiraz, Iran
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"Pleasant is Shîrâz and its incomparable state.Oh lord, preserve it from decline!""Fault it not! For it is the beauty of seven nations."Hâfez (14th-century poet) One of the nicest cities in the county and home to some of its most magnificent ruins. Shîrâz is a pleasant little city to while away a couple of days in, and though there isn’t much to see in town it’s the perfect base for exploring the nearby ruins.Pasargadae was the first capital of the Persian Empire, and is the last resting place of its founder Cyrus the Great. As well as his tomb you can see three of his palaces, a mud-brick fort, and a Zoroa...Read More

Ruins of Persepolis

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Attraction | "Takht-é Jamshid (Persepolis)"

Ruins of Persepolis Photo, Shiraz, Iran
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60Km outside of Shîrâz is Persepolis undoubtedly the most impressive archaeological site in Iran and a highlight of any visit to the country.The foundations of the city known locally as Takht-é Jamshid were laid by the founder of the Persian Empire Cyrus the Great (r.559-529BC) as a summer capital away from the heat of Pasargadae on the Murgab Plain. It was built on the side of Mt. Rahmat from which the distinctive grey-limestone of the buildings was cut. The massive walls remain to this day and obscure site of the ruins until you have climbed the grand stone staircase to the 10m-high Gate of All Nations. This magnificent monument, flanked by massive wing...Read More

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Ruins of Persepolis
50 Km North of Shiraz
Persepolis, Iran

Sights in Shiraz

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Sights in Shiraz Photo, Shiraz, Iran
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"Straight to Shīrāz I will flee, a hundred friends I'll find at every stop."Baba Tahir (11th-century poet)The beautiful city of Shīrāz is one of the highlights of southern Iran. The first site you will see as you enter is the imposing Darvazé-yé Qoran (Quran Gate). This dates from the 10th century, although the current construction is much later, and once held a hand written copy of the holy book which travellers would beseech for protection when leaving the city. The pleasant tea-house on the hill next to the gate offers fantastic views over the cityFounded in 684AD by the invading Arab armies, Shīrāz had (by...Read More

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Sights in Shiraz
Central Shiraz
Shiraz, Iran

Naghsh-é Rostam/Naqsh-e Rustam

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Attraction | "Naghsh-é Rostam"

Naghsh-é Rostam/Naqsh-e Rustam Photo, Shiraz, Iran
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"I am Darius the Great King, King of Kings, King of countries containing all kinds of men, King in this great Earth far and wide, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian, a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan, having Aryan lineage." This curious little archaeological site is a popular stopping off point for those travelling between Shîrâz and Persepolis. Hewn out of the rock, high-up the imposing cliff-face, are the tombs of four of the kings of the Achaemenid Dynasty (648-330BC). The earliest is identified by the above inscription as belonging to Darius the Great (r.549-486BC) while his neighbours, from left to righ...Read More

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Naghsh-é Rostam/Naqsh-e Rustam
Naghsh-é Rostam, Iran
Shiraz, Iran

Pasargad (Pasargadae)

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Attraction

Pasargad (Pasargadae) Photo, Shiraz, Iran
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"O man, whoever thou art, from wheresoever thou cometh, for I know you shall come, I am Cyrus, who founded the empire of the Persians.Grudge me not, therefore, this little earth that covers my body." One hundred and thirty kilometers from Shîrâz, and 70km beyond the magnificent ruins of Persepolis, are the somewhat less inspiring ruins of Pasargadae. The name is a corruption of Parseh Gad (Persian Camp) and the city was founded in 546BC by Darius the Great (r.549-486BC) to be the capital of his new empire but was left unfinished at the time of his death. The first site you see as you enter the site is the Tom...Read More

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Pasargad (Pasargadae)
Pasargad, Iran
Shiraz, Iran