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  Updated: March 25, 2007

Shiraz - city of roses and exhilarating seasons

By: Sheikh M Khurasani

SHIRAZ, Iran: Known as the city of Poets and Philosophers, warriors and kings, orchards, roses, and fragrant blossoms, Shiraz is one of the most beautiful cities of Iran that is located 895 km to the south of capital city of Tehran.

Spring and autumn, particularly from early February till May and then from October till late November are the most delightful and exhilarating seasons accompanied by the warmth and passion of its people.

Its parks with magnificent trees have always lured famous scholars and travelers to visit Shiraz.

So much so that "The visitor forgets his homeland, when in May he comes to Shiraz" as described by the 13th century Iranian poet Sa'adi.

Every year in spring, the city becomes a field of flowers and greenery, heady with scent of orange blossom.

After the Achaemenid dynastic era, Safavid and Zand dynastic eras are among the most important times of this city.

Karim Khan Zand (18th century), the righteous king, promoted Shiraz once more to become the capital of the Persian Empire, contributing greatly to its prosperity by building mosques, bazaars, roads, citadels and other structures.

Visiting the historic sites of Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rajab, Naqsh-e Rostam and Pasargadae is a must for anyone who goes to the beautiful city of Shiraz.

Qoran Gate, Narenjestan, Eram Garden, Delgosha Garden, Sa’adi and Hafiz tombs, Saray-e Moshir, Vakil Mosque, Shah Cheragh Shrine, Pars Museum, Karim Khani Citadel, Tomb of Khajoye Kermani, Moshir Mosque, etc are among the other tourism attractions of Shiraz.

UN puts forward Shiraz as 2nd world literary city after Edinburgh

NEWYORK, United States: Shiraz, the capital of the Iranian southern province of Fars, was proposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as one of the world creative cities to be listed as this years' second literary city in the world.

  "Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you while you have to guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE ..  


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