The fabled city of Shiraz has a remarkable history stretching over 2,500 years. It is the capital of Fars province where the Persian language of Farsi originated. One of the most important cities of the Islamic medieval period, Shiraz has reigned as the capital of two Islamic dynasties. A major artistic, religious, and academic center, the city is famed for its poetry, its luxuriant gardens, its learning centers and extravagant architecture. Beautiful, romantic, and hospitable, Shiraz is the favorite of many travelers, and remains one of the most enjoyable places to visit in all of Iran. Shiraz is the gateway to UNESCO-listed Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World and the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013