Shiraz Free Walking Tour
Shiraz is the city of amazing architecture and fascinating nature. In this tour, we start visiting Nasir-ol-molk Mosque (Pink Mosque). The rainbow mosque is full of stained glass windows. This surreal mosque is known for its eye-catching design. It was built in 1876 by the order of Nasir-ol-molk, a Qajar ruler. As you get into this wondrous place, you will see the brick made structures all around it and like any other traditional architecture in Iran, you will see a beautiful yard with a big fountain in the middle. Inside of the mosque you find yourself surrounded by columns designed with tiles and colorful windows. You can see the beautiful use of geometric patterns and the harmony of light and color that spreads over the Persian carpets and designed ceiling. This enchanting place has a spiritual atmosphere that cannot be ignored.
Another amazing site you get to see in this tour is the house of mirror and art, Narenjestan-e Ghavam (Ghavam House). This remarkable building was built in Qajar era, by Ali Mohammad Khan-e Qavam-ol-Molk, ruler of the Fars at the time. a great garden of bitter orange (narenj). Since then it became popular because of this magnificent garden and instead of Ghavam House, everyone called it Narenjestan (garden of bitter orange). This building was the suitable place for upper-class families during the 19th century. The moment that you step into the garden, you will see a big fountain in the middle that starts from the entrance and goes on in front of the main building. On each side of the fountain, colorful flowers and trees of bitter orange add to the wonders of this house. The remarkable Narenjestan gives you a wonderful feeling because of the smell of the trees blossom, specially in spring. The garden consists of three amazing buildings that are museums now with amazing architecture and walls covered with mirrors and fascinating paintings.
You’ll see some other sites belonging to the Zand era on the way to our last stop, Karimkhan Citadel, also known as Arg-e Karimkhan. Karimkhan built this fortress when he chose Shiraz as his capital as his living quarter. Then in the Qajar era, it was used as a prison and unfortunately, the glorious paintings were covered. However, the amazing architecture of this citadel cannot be ignored.
On this tour you can visit some of the most eye-catching sites along with learning about Shiraz and the history of these must-see places.