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The Vakil Mosque is a mosque in Shiraz, southern Iran, situated to the west of the Vakil Bazaar next to its entrance. The Vakil Mosque is a beautiful mosque built in mid-18th century by Karim Khan, Regent (Vakil) and the founder of Zand Dynasty. It used to be a place for Friday prayer a few years ago. The tile workes in this building is one of the best that shows the art of Iranian tile workers and the painters in the 12th century A.H. The entrance gates as well as the interior of the mosque are decorated with coloured tiles in beautiful floral patterns. The Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters. It has only two iwans instead of the usual four, on the northern and southern sides of a large open court. The iwans and court are decorated with typical Shirazi haft rangi tiles, a characteristic feature of the art and industry of Shiraz during the latter half of the 18th century. Its night prayer hall (Shabestan), with an area of approximately 2,700 square meters, contains 48 monolithic pillars carved in spirals, each with a capital of acanthus leaves. The minbar in this hall is cut from a solid piece of green marble with a flight of 14 steps and is considered to be one of the master ...see more pieces of the Zand period. The exuberant floral decorative tiles largely date from the Qajar period. The entrance gate of the Vakil mosque is very artistically decorated and is flanked on two sides by the left and right corridors. From here, you are led to the main room which has an altar. A tall pulpit (menbar) embedded with green marbles will greet your eyes and the speaker has to climb all the way up to sit there and face the people in the mosque. There has been a lot of renovation work done in recent times to maintain the ancient Vakil mosque. Improvements have been made to the tile works, lighting systems, plaster works, courtyard flooring and all such other aspects of the mosque to keep it in good condition. The historic building was registered as national heritage about 76 years ago. According to Fars Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department, the stones of the floor and tile-works were renovated, lighting system of the interior was improved, exterior of the nocturnal prayer rooms were renovated and the plaster works were upgraded. References: http://en.wikipedia.org http://www.iranreview.org http://islamic-arts.org

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shiraz's Tourist attractions

Eram Garden

Eram Garden

Eram Garden is a historic Persian garden in Shiraz, Iran. Eram is the Persianized version of the Arabic word "Iram" meaning heaven in the Muslim's book of Koran.[citation needed] Eram Garden therefore is so called for its beauties and aesthetic attractions resembling "heaven." The garde...

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Hafezieh ( Hafez tomb )

Hafezieh ( Haf...

The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall, the Hāfezieh, are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, Iran, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez. The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal ri...

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Saadi tomb ( Sadiyeh )

Saadi tomb ( S...

Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, Saadi Shiraz better known by his pen-name as Saʿdī or simply Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has also been quoted in western sources. He is recogni...

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Bamou National Park

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Bamu National Park is located 5 kilometers from Shiraz city. Along with the population explosion and expansion of Shiraz, this park began to shrink in size and was converted into a zoological park and then a national park in 1970. Bamu Park with an approximate space of 48 thousands hect...

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Delgosha Garden

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Delgosha Garden is one of the historical gardens in Shiraz, Iran near Tomb of Saadi and it belongs to the pre-Islamic era of the Sassanian Empire. In Safavid dynasty, Delgosha Garden was one of most famous gardens in Shiraz. Some of the buildings in this garden were constructed in Qaja...

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Jahan nama (Orrery) garden

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Jahan nama (Orrery) garden is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz and has been a little distance with Hafez Tomb. This garden was in extremity of prosperity in Al-e-Mozzafar and Al-e-Injou epoch (eighth century AH). Ibn Arabshahi (Timurid historian) called this garden as Ornament Of the...

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Vakil Bath

Vakil Bath

Vakil bath house is built during Zandieh Era at behest of Karim Khan Zand. This bath is located near the city of Shiraz and is closed to other famous sites such as Vakil Bazzar and Vakil Mosque. The most remarkable part of this bath is an area called Shahneshin which was predominantly a...

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Qavam House ( Narenjestan Qavam Museum )

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Qavam House (also widely called "Narenjestan e Ghavam") is a traditional and historical house in Shiraz, Iran. It is set within the Persian gardens of Eram Garden. It was built between 1879 and 1886[1] by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. The Qavam family were merchants originally from Qazvin. But t...

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shiraz's Customs

Sugar Rice ( Shekar Polo )

Sugar Rice ( S...

one of the characteristics of each area is its espedcial food. Shiraz has various kinds of foods & sweet. ingridiants: 1 kilo rice 1 kilo sugar oil, saffron, nuts & pistachio Directions: 1. soak the rice in water 2. add curcuma & let it boil on fire 3. boil sugar with 2 cups o...

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Costume

Costume

Traditional and local clothes are still common among villagers and nomads. Their traditional costumes are sewn and worn in so many of Fars’s villages with its traditional form. In fact Fars’s costumes have the most beautiful cultural attractions throughout Iran. The reputation of the co...

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Shevid Loobia ( Loobia Polo Shirazi , Rice With Black Eyed Beans )

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Its a vary tasty Persian recipe that can be eaten with Koofteh (meatballs) or chicken. The Shevid Loobia (Loobia Polo Shirazi) I have explained below is made with Koofteh (meatballs). Also, a key item that adds a sweet and sour taste is the Rob va Shireh (a pomegranate and sugar syrup) ...

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Wedding Celebration of Orange Tree

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shiraz's Goods And Crops

Fars Gelim ( Kilim )

Fars Gelim ( K...

The handicrafts of Fars are rich in diversity, the most significant of which are as follow: silver smithing, marquetry and skill-embroidery in Shiraz ; giveh (light cotton summer shoes) making in Abadeh ; and ceramics in Estahban ; carpet, jajim (fine carpet made of wool or cotton), and...

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Fars Gabbeh

Fars Gabbeh

Persian Gabbeh is a hand-knotted ( handmade ) thick Persian rug with long pile. It is made by the nomads of Fars province in south west Iran, of which the famous city of Shiraz is the capital. The most famous nomad group of this region is the Qashqai Tribe. Although the existing few old...

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Khatam ( Marquetry - Inlaid Work )

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Khatam or Marquetry is the art of decorating the surface of wood with delicate pieces of metal, bone and wood precisely cut in geometrical figures and shapes. Marquetry is one of the finest handicraft artworks of Iran. The materials used in the construction of inlaid articles can be in...

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Carpet and Rug

Carpet and Rug

Shiraz has been known for centuries as the city of roses, which is reflected in the motifs of many of the carpets. However, the most common motif, and one by which the carpets may be identified, is the diamond-shaped lozenge by itself in the centre of the carpet or repeated along the le...

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Masghati

Masghati

There are a few different variations of Masghati, which is a Persian sweet made basically from starch. This specific recipe is for Masghati borideh shodeh (cut up pieces). Ingredients: 200 grams starch –its preferred that you use a flower starch, but I used corn starch 400 grams su...

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Distillates and Rosewater

Distillates an...

Some of shiraz souvenirs include: distillates ,rosewater and lemon juice Besides being well-known for its historical attractions, Iran is famous for its rose gardens and distillated products. Spring is not only a time for blossoming but a time for traditional feasts. One of the interes...

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Faloodeh ( Paloodeh )

Faloodeh ( Pal...

Faloodeh, faludeh or fālūde is a Persian cold dessert consisting thin vermicelli noodles made from corn starch mixed in a semi-frozen syrup made from sugar and rose water. It is often served with lime juice and sometimes ground pistachios. It is a traditional dessert in Iran and also in...

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