Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Sange Sia Passage

 Sange Sia district, one of the oldest districts of Shiraz, includes a series of passages that the most important one is called with the same name. Sange sia passage, includes a series of historical sites and holy shrines that starts from Bibi Dokhtaran holy shrine and end with Sayyad Tajedin Gharib monument. En route, you can explore Forugh Al-Molk Historical House where its large entrance hallway and its two inner and outer courtyards, will attract you. Besides, Moshir Mosque, due to its architectural features is recognized as one of the best mosques in Shiraz. Needless to say that, visiting Saadat House, with its four seasons areas and beautiful decorations of tiling, design stones, and wooden ceiling is a unique experience. Strolling along the alleys of the old neighborhoods of Shiraz, alongside the smell of the orange trees of old houses, will be extremely wonderful. 



Sangak Bread

 Not only is Iranian cuisine well-known all around the world, but also our unique and tasty bread. Iranian bread has a unique and intricate history, evolving over time to become an essential part of the Iranian diet. There are different types of bread in the Persian cuisine: Sangak, Barbarai, Lavash, and Taftoon breads. Sangak is an oblong Iranian flat bread, traditionally cooked on small gravel stones or pebbles in an open oven, hence the aptness of the name. The stones are also responsible for the indents on the surface of the bread. When the process is over and the bread is taken out, it is served to customer still hot and aromatic.  In Iran bread is a must with every meal and is served sliced beside each individual plate. Kenneth, our American guest, stopped by a bakery while he was strolling over Shiraz passages. 


Shah cheraq Holy Shrine in Shirz

 If you plan on travelling around Iran, it's not hard to visit many of the Shiraz’ top sites during your journey. Shiraz takes pride in being a cultural capital of Iran .It is home to some captivating ancient monuments, religious places, historical attractions, fabulous gardens and yummiest places to eat. The graves of the two saint poets, hafiz and Saadi, and the holy Shah-e-Cheragh shrine, the son of the 7th Shiite Imam, make Shiraz a pilgrimage site for Iranians. The burial place of Mir Ahmad son of Musa and brother of Imam Reza, Known as Shah Cheragh, is the 8th saint in Shiite Islam. The monument has been discovered in 11th century and a shrine was built over it afterwards. The shrine was repaired during Safavid dynasty once but the major repairs was after destructive earthquakes in Qajar period. Visiting the shrine gives you serene and peaceful feeling. The multicolored reflections from mirror tiles inside the tomb is spectacular. Around the yard, several rooms with brilliant tiled works can be seen. Pillars and its flat roofs’ of shrine are made up of the exquisite wood and inlaid works .Also there are a valuable museum and library  inside a shrine. You don't need to have faith to be drawn to this shrine.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Stephanous Church



Christians in Iran were present in small numbers in both pre-Islamic and Islamic Persia but were mostly concentrated in the upper north of the country, in Julfa, close to what is today the border between Iran and Azerbaijan. It is not surprising that one of the oldest and most enduringly popular churches in Iran, Saint Stephanous Church, has been located in this area. The name of this church comes from the Holy Stephens who is the symbol of faith among the Christians. He was the first person who was stoned and killed due to the prejudice and resentment of Jews. The general structure of Saint

Stephanous Church mostly resembles Armenian and Georgian architecture and the inside of the building is adorned with beautiful paintings by a renowned Christian artist.  The stony building of the church is cylindrical and a cone-shaped dome covers it. Three main parts of the church are the transept and polygonal dome, Bell tower and Daniel’s stove. Scholars and historians recorded that the church was originally built in the ninth century AD, but repeated earthquakes in Azarbaijan completely eroded the previous structure and the church was rebuilt during the rule of Shah Abbas II. Take a look at Iran North by Northwest tour including a visit to Church of Saint Stephanous and see what this tour offers.

Shazde Garden: A Sparkling Diamond on Heart of Desert


Shazde Garden: A Sparkling Diamond on Heart of Desert

Shazde or Prince Garden, one of the most outstanding examples of Persian historical garden, was originally built under the order of the governor of Kerman, during the late Qajar periods.  Its location, near Mahan, was selected strategically as it was placed on the route between Bam Citadel and Kerman. The garden’s traditional edifice was embellished with small brooks rushing between green and gigantic trees.The presence of fertile soil, gentle sunshine, mild breeze and most importantly  qanats(water ditches), miraculously, has provided the possibility of creating a grassy garden in that  dry area.Shazdeh Garden was registered by UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the name of the Persian Garden in 2011. 



Shiraz: City of Roses and Nightangles


Shiraz is a melting pot with so many things to offer; culture and art, heritage and archeology and nature. There are so many marvelous gardens in Shiraz that each offers its own type of uniqueness and wonders. When visiting Shiraz, strolling over Eram Garden is a must. You can find a wide range of trees in this garden; that is why this botanical garden is under the supervision of UNESCO World Heritage. In order to make the most out of Eram Garden visit, we highly recommend you make your visit April and May; so you will fully enjoy all the beauties spread in the city especially the fragrant biter blossoms.