Shiraz is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province (Old Persian as Pârsâ). In 2009, the population of the city was 1,455,073. Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the Roodkhaneye Khoshk (Dry River) seasonal river. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia.
Shiraz became a leading center of the arts and letters, due to the encouragement of its ruler and the presence of many Persian scholars and artists. It was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 until 1781, as well as briefly during the Saffarid period. Two famous poets of Iran, Hafez and Saadi, are from Shiraz.
Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (49 km), Yazd (Iran) (304 km), Meybod (Iran) (325 km), Isfahan (Iran) (348 km), Nain (Iran) (365 km), Dubai (United Arab Emirates (557 km), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (601 km), Tehran (Iran) (684 km), Baku (Azerbaijan) (1,222 km), Temple of Dendera (1,987 km), Temples of Karnak (2,002 km), Temple of Luxor (2,004 km), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (2,006 km), Temple of Edfu (2,007 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (2,022 km), Assuan (Egypt) (2,039 km), Temple of Philae (2,043 km), Cairo (Egypt) (2,051 km), Temples of Kalabscha (2,068 km), Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (2,130 km)