Shiraz is located in the south of Iran and the northwest of Fars Province. Shiraz has a long history; more than 4,000 years old. When I was a junior high school student, I read about the ruin of Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid) . This ceremonial capital was at the height of its prosperity during Achaemenid Empire era(ca. 550–330 BC). I could enjoy this ruin under the sunny skies.

Before coming to Iran I’ve already known its name ‘Shiraz’ due to the wine. This world famous dark-skinned grape is said to have some relation with this city. The oldest sample of wine in the world is discovered here, and ancient Persia is considered the first wine-making civilization. In addition, it is said that Syrah grape had its root here and was brought to Rhône, France.

Long and flourished history made Shiraz the center for Iranian culture. Not all history was happy:
the a tragic event about the pogrom casted a shadow. But totally Shiraz is a good place for tourists. Local people usually greeted me with a big smile. Poems, beautiful gardens, tasty wine, brilliant flowers and lovely birds fascinate me. And the time flew by.


Here is the place I’d like to come back again.

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