20 May 20194.5 out of 5
The jewelry of Iran, Vakil Complex is located in Shiraz, the capital of Fars province. Built in 1751, the Vakil Complex ages back to the Zand dynasty. Vakil complex consists of Vakil Bath, Vakil Bazaar, and Vakil mosque. Each of these three has its own value and specialty so I recommend visiting all of them in your Iran Travel. Many Iran Travel Agencies pass Shiraz and Vakil complex so most probably you would be visiting this site on your Iran tour.
The main Bazaar of Shiraz is the best place to visit old stores and bargain in Iranian style. Vakil bazaar was built in the 11th century but became one of the most crucial trading centers in the 18th century and Zand dynasty. Many merchants safely stored their goods there. At the heart of Vakil Bazaar, you can visit Saraye Moshir and buy astonishing Pieces of jewelry made with gold and gemstones.
This bathhouse was built for common people and nowadays it's a museum showing our culture and the way ancient Iranians used to live. If you are interested in visiting Iranian old habits and customs, this is a good place to start.
If you are interested in Islamic acts of worship and the way we pray for our god, the Vakil mosque is a very good symbol of Islamic art and you can get to know everything about Shia in this mosque. With an area of nearly 8600 square meters, the Vakil mosque consists of two minarets instead of the usual four(Iranian mosques usually have 4 minarets ). Aside from the religious value, the Vakil mosque resembles the Zand Dynasty architecture with the marvelous Entrance Arcade, and Shabestan pillars you will be filled with a Persian atmosphere.
The best place to shop in the Vakil complex is vakil Bazaar. Shiraz has many unique and special Souvenirs like Khatam, Silver objects, and dishes, Glassblowing, Wood carving, Ceramic dishes and objects, and Felt Alabaster.
If you feel tired or need something to eat Shirazes special edible is "Faloode Shirazi”, make sure you try it at least once.
As mentioned above you can visit Saraye Moshir aside from the Vakil complex, but if you think you will be having more time, Arg-e Karim Khan and Quran Gate are also very close to the Vakil complex.
You can visit the Vakil mosque every day from 8 AM to 8 Pm in spring and summer and from 8:30 to 5:30 in autumn and spring.
Opening hours for Vakil Bazaar are from 8 AM to 9 PM every day and for Vakil bath from 9 am to 9 pm every day.
Vakil bazaar is free to visit but for Vakil mosque and Vakil Bath, you must pay 150.000 Rials each.
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