"I Love Shiraz"

Shiraz
Fars Province
Iran
May 14, 2022
 
The Arg of Karim Khan or Karim Khan Citadel was built as part of a complex during the Zand dynasty. It is named after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. It is rectangular in shape and resembles a medieval fortress.
 
In the past, the citadel was sometimes used as a prison. Today, it is a museum operated by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization. A public park surrounds it.

Persepolis and Necropolis

Shiraz
Fars Province
Iran
May 13, 2022
 

 

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). It is situated in the plains of Marvdasht, encircled by southern Zagros mountains of Iran. Modern day Shiraz is situated 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of the ruins of Persepolis.

The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. UNESCO declared the ruins of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Shiraz

Shiraz

(1500m 4900 ft)

(Pop 1,800.000)

Fars Province

Iran

May 12. 2022

On our first day In Shiraz, our group visited three important sites.

THE TOMB OF HAFEZ IS in a peaceful, garden setting that drips with an ambience of poetry and romance. The 14th-century writer is considered the Shakespeare of Iran, one of the greatest Persian poets of all time, and a source of national pride.

Hafez’s collected works, the Divān, is regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature.  Most every home in the country contains this book, and it is regularly read and consulted for guidance and inspiration. The poet is revered as a folk hero to this day, and people congregate at his tomb, especially at sunset, to pay their respects.

Shushtar: Afzal Caravanserai

Shushtar

Ancient Fortress City   Pop: 102,000

Shushtar County

Khuzestan Province

Iran

May 8, 2022

Prologue

Roberta, Sergio and I are scheduled for a day trip to the nearby city of Shush.  I decide to remain alone at the hotel and enjoy the sunny courtyard for a much-needed "time out." 

Nearby, a young girl who has been pouring over a pile of books approaches me and initiates a conversation.  After a series of questions and answers (She questions. I answer.), Ala tells me her story:

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System

Shushtar

Iran

May 9, 2022

Hello,

Excerpts from UNESCO World Heritage Convention:

The Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System demonstrates outstanding universal value.  In its present form it dates from the 3rd century CE, probably on older bases from the 5th century BCE.

It is as rich in its diversity of civil engineering structures and its constructions as in the diversity of its uses (urban water supply, mills, irrigation, river transport, and defensive system). …

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