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Zandiyeh Complex is the heart of Shiraz city in which Karim Khan Zand (Persian king) was ruling from 1751 to 1779. Karim Khan Zand picked the title “Vakil Al Roaya” meaning the deputy of people instead of calling himself a king. Today the name Vakil the King’s title is used for the top attractions and activities to do in Shiraz like Vakil Bazaar, Vakil Mosque, and Vakil Public Bath.
Zandiyeh complex located in the central area of Shiraz which is accessible by any kind of public transport means like metro, bus, taxi, and so on just by reaching Shohada Square. In Zandiyeh Complex you will visit Karim Khan Citadel, Pars Museum, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, Vakil Bathhouse, and Vakil Water Reservoir. While there easily minimum you can spend a half-day. All the attractions are reachable by walk as they are just a few steps away from each other.
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Karim Khan Citadel “Arg-e Karim Khan” was the presidential palace of the king and his family in a form of a citadel. Arg has a very simple exterior design but it is somehow the best representative of bricks working as exterior design in the area. Inside is a lot more decorated with the very known Shiraz orange trees and handcrafts like miniature painting and the masterpiece of windows made of woods and 7-colored glasses, known as Shiraz Windows.
The Arg is used to be called “ZENDAN”-meaning prison- by locals as it was used as a prison in the early Pahlavi Dynasty.
After your visit Citadel to refresh you need to refer to behind the prison where you can have the best of Persian ice cream and very special ice noodles served with fresh lemon juice known as “FAlOODEH” – Faloodeh Shirazi which is called by this name across the country is one of the deserts or snacks which you should surely try while there.
Intersections of Vakil Bazaar since centuries ago for traders and locals in Shiraz is being always one amazing market to do business and exchange products. The market is still alive and each section of the bazaar is dealing with different business-like carpets, souvenirs, textiles, herbs to offer tourists and visitors something to take back home as a memory of visiting there. no doubt you will not find a better place than a bazaar to get to know more from Iran.
Vakil Mosque is open to prayers and visitors to represent the beauties and to share the spiritual moment of pray. walking from Karimkhan Citadel toward Vakil Bazaar a combination of comforts was ordered and built by Karimkhan Zand. Mosque one very important element of Muslim’s culture with all artworks done is not to miss.
The Public Bath is now turned into a museum to remind us of the way people used to use in an older time. Sanitation and self-care are being always important to governers and people throughout the history of Persia. Almost in all towns and villages bathes were made to ease life.
Attractions mentioned in all as “Zandiyeh Complex” in Shiraz are reachable within a couple of minutes from each other, o a walking tour will make your day. to get fresh and relax food, drinks, cafes are available there. Even to extend your walking tour to visit must-visit attractions in Shiraz as Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Narenjestan Qavam Palace, Khan Madrassa, and Shahecheragh Shrine.