On any trip to Shiraz, the spotlight always falls on Takt-e Jamshid, also known as Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established around the 6th century, it was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire and was once looted by Alexander the Great.
Persepolis is located about an hour’s drive, or 60km, from the city centre, but don’t let that put you off. Once you arrive, you’ll appreciate some of the finest examples of carvings from the ancient world. It also displays spectacular rock reliefs, imposing towers, and the ruins of the incredible Apadana Palace. The whole experience is an unmissable trip back in time.
The mausoleums dedicated to the memory of poets Sa’adi and Hafez – from the 13th and 14th centuries, respectively – are also a spectacular draw. Hafez Mausoleum is set in a beautiful garden and features a marble tombstone inscribed with verses from his works. And Sa’adi Mausoleum is set against a vibrant, green backdrop. Both sites are important to Iranians with a keen interest in Persian literature.