Shiraz is the capital city of Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It is also the former
capital of Iran,during the Zand dynasty's era (1747-79). Shiraz is the largest academic,cultural and industrial center in south Iran,known as the Dar-ol-Elm (House of Learning). It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia and contains outstanding examples of Persian art and architecture. Shiraz is known as the City of Poets,City of Literature,City of Roses,City of Love and City of Gardens. and also the celebrated birthplace of the great Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens and orchards.
This city is situated in the south east of Iran with a population of about 1 700 000. Shiraz is one of five largest cities of Iran. The city is at an altitude of 1486 meter above the sea level and enjoys a temperate climate. Shiraz has a moderate climate and offers a wealth of attractions,sights and events,e.g. Persepolis,Eram Garden,Hafiz and Saadi Tombs and Shahcheragh among others. The main handicraft of Shiraz is the inlaid mosaic work of triangular design. Shiraz also has a major oil refinery and is also a major center for Iranian electronic industries.To feel like being in Shiraz click here for more information and images.
Isfahan is a large city located almost in the center of today's Iran where the main north-south and east-west roads cross. It is estimated that the Isfahan metropolitan area has a population of about 4,000,000, making it the second most populous metropolitan city in Iran after the capital Tehran.
It is not well known when exactly Isfahan was first established as a city. But, it is known that its origins go back more than 1,500 years. While Isfahan grew considerably from the early 11th through the 18th century, it flourished particularly during the Safavid dynasty in the 16th century when it became the capital of the old Persia for the second time. Isfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world.
Isfahan may be well known for its beautiful historic Islamic architecture. But its talented people continue to produce many more works of art from its world famous Persian rugs to
handcrafts and other unique products.
A river called Zayandeh Rood (life-giving river) runs through Isfahan giving the city and its residents more life! Isfahan has a seasonal climates. Summers could be very hot, but not humid, and winters not terribly cold.
Isfahan's Imam Square, formerly known as the Naghsh-e Jahan (meaning portrait of the world) Square, is one of the largest city squares in the world. Around the square sit a number of world-famous marvels of Islamic architecture. The Imam Square is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Many visitors believe Isfahan is the most beautiful city in Iran and one of the most beautiful in the world. It features numerous tree-lined boulevards and flower gardens, miles of beautiful parks along the Zayandeh Rood river; 1300 year-old covered bazaars, bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. No wonder Isfahan is called nesf-e jahan which means half of the world. The city attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Iran and around the world each year. just click here to find out more about Isfahan.
Kerman is located on a high margin of Kavir-e Lut (Lut Desert) in the central south of Iran. The city is surrounded by mountains.
Kerman is the capital of Kerman province located in an altitude of 1,860m above sea level and 1,602 km to the south of Tehran, is a wonderful place. the northern part of the city is located in an arid desert area, while the highland of the southern part of the city enjoys a more moderate climate. The mean elevation of the city is about 1755 m above sea level.
Around Kerman many citadals can be found and being in desert like camping and walking for hours are great things that cannot be ignored.
Yazd is the name of a province and its capital city in central Iran. The province, which extends over an area of 27,027 square miles (70,000 sq km), is largely desert, with the great salt desert known as the Kavir in the north merging into the great sand and stone desert (the Lut) of southeastern Iran. The province has lead and zinc deposits, many of which are sites of major commercial mining operations.
The city of Yazd was an important Zoroastrian religious center during the Sassanian dynasty (226–642 c.e.) and has remained a stronghold of Zoroastrianism up to the present, although adherents of this faith comprise less than 10 percent of the city's population. In the early 2000s, about one-half of all Zoroastrians in Iran lived in Yazd, and the fire temples there and in some surrounding villages had become historic pilgrimage sites.
Between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries, the city was internationally renowned for its silk, cotton, and woolen textiles, but these handicrafts declined dramatically after 1850 as the volume of European manufactured textiles imported into Iran increased.
About 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Qom on the secondary road to Isfahan, Is the town of Kashan, once one of the most prosperous oases in Iran. Known since Seljuq times for the quality of its ceramics(the Persian word hashi for glazed tiles is derived from the name of the town),it was also, until the l8th century, an important centre for the manufacture of carpets, silk and other textiles. During the Safavid Dynasty.
There are many sites and places to see and visit in Kashan of potential interest to tourists in Iran, Many tourists visit kashan and surrounded notable places like Qamsar and Abyane village which attract tourist’s year around. In Kashan city you may visit:The most beautiful houses of Iran,Agha Bozorg mosque,the magnificent Fin Garden, the Sialk Ziggurat and kashan Bazaar.Just click here and find out more about these beautiful places.