Four unique features of Shiraz
- City of Garden
- City of Poet
- Ancient Royal House
- Pink City of Shiraz
Exploring the New Normal – Shiraz, some writer says the pink city, some says the city of poet and garden – is a city in south-central Iran, known for its literary history and many gardens. The marble Tomb of Hafez, honoring the revered poet, sits within its own garden. To the east, the Mausoleum of Saadi houses the 13th-century writer’s mosaic-tiled tomb and an underground pool. Shiraz is a gateway to Persepolis, the ruined 6th-century-B.C. capital to the northeast, with its immense gateways, columns and friezes.
Shiraz the city of Garden
Some writer says the pink city of Shiraz, some says the city of poet and garden – what those writer trying to portray is all but true. Let’s start from the garden – the Eram garden translated as ‘paradise garden’ it was build by the Leljukid dynasty. It is named after the Iram garden built by an unbeliever to compete with real paradise garden of God in heaven in the Saudi peninsula today between Aden and Oman.
What is so remarkable about the Eram garden is the human creative geniuses – by employing all elements of water, earth, fire and air through deep convection and faith of the oldest religion on earth – the Zoroastrianism. Accordingly all of these elements are sacred thus must not be polluted.
A garden full of trees, flowers and other floras will not be survived without sustainable water supply and the water system is brilliant maintained the whole garden down the centuries. And, the water it itself must be protected from the heat of the day, that’s where the earth come to play the design, landscaping and the location was indeed no accident.
City of Poet
The marble Tomb of Hafez, built in honor of the revered poet, sits within its own garden. If you read or just listen to poem of Hafez it is mostly open to personal interpretation of life. E.g. If Hafez says Mah ro didam ‘I saw the Moon’ for religious point of view may be taken as God, while for the lover may be interpreted as pertaining to a beautiful face of a person.
To the east, the Mausoleum of Saadi houses the 13th-century writer’s mosaic-tiled tomb and an underground pool. Saadi himself and his golestan ‘Rose Garden’ masterpiece speaks to us within the realm of our world and a form of advise sometimes when said “Borzogan mosafer farvarand ke nam-e nikoo-e be alam barand” ‘Oh leaders be kind to those of travelers as they bring the words of kindness to the world’ because he himself was a traveler.
Shiraz the ancient Royal House of Persia
Shiraz is a gateway to Persepolis, the ruined 6th-century-B.C. capital to the northeast, with its immense gateways, columns and friezes. During the reign of Dariush the great many of our today’s system was introduce during his time like the postal system. The importance of communication here is evidence has been given attention and care. As part of Achamaneid dynasty himself was last sitting king completed the Persipolis Palace. Although plunder and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia the ruin grandeur still standing. Every detail of detail of the ruin worth priceless you have that money can buy.
So far at this point Shiraz as a city of love, poetry and literature. There is no doubt about that. It is a city full of historical sightseeing and the living memories of the great literature. There is no doubt in this statement either. But there is more to that this will bring us to the Red lake of Shiraz a natural beauty and wonder of this city.
Pink Lake of Shiraz
The pink lake of Shiraz is locally called Maharloo is one of the wonders of nature found in Shiraz. If you examine it closely is not pink but red. But what is the wonder of this lake? Why do local people and people from all walks of life are dreaming to make their way to see it up close? What makes it look pink?
The intensity of water evaporation in this lake is very high. This intense evaporation has increased the salinity of the lake that as a result it caused the reproduction of a special type of red seaweed. Excessive growth of multiplication of this algae in the pink lake of Maharloo has caused the color of water to turn red. The only living thing in this red lake however is a blue species called Artima.
Rediscovering this amazing city during covid-19 is a bit challenging. But with proper planning, detailed itinerary in line with the safe measures being enforced by the related local authorities, not just possible but enjoyable and refreshing at the same time.
Visit Eram garden a world heritage site. Meet the poet of the Rose garden at the tomb of Saadi…
See for yourself the splendor Persipolis palace – the glorious past of Persian civilization…