Shiraz has been the center of Fars province since the 7th Century AD; and it has provided a capital for several Islamic Dynasties. Its most important function has been as a major artistic center, synonymous with learning, poetry, roses and at one time, wine. Today it is an important University town and has a large population. The city was founded during the Achaemenian Dynasty, and under the Sassanian of fars. It soon came to be known as one of the leading centers of calligraphy, painting, architecture and literature.
To many people Shiraz is one of the most pleasant cities in Iran, with its relaxed and generous inhabitants, wide tree lined avenues and a multiple of monuments, gardens and mosques.
Attractions: Hafez Tomb/Saadi Tomb/Eram Garden/Vakil Mosque/Persepoli/Naghsh-e-Jahan/Pink Mosque/Vakil Bazaar/Naranjestan Ghavam Garden/Pars Musuem/Afifabad Garden/Armenian Church