Tomb of Hafez
The Tomb of Hafez is in a peaceful, garden setting that drips with an ambience of poetry and romance. The 14th-century writer is considered the Shakespeare of Iran, one of the greatest Persian poets of all time, and a source of national pride. Hafeziyeh is the name of a shrine complex in north of Shiraz, in the south of Darvazeh Quran. Because it contains the shrine of Hafez-e-Shirazi, this complex is known by this name. Hafeziyeh has about 2 hectares area and is formed from two northern and southern courtyard separated by a hall.
There is no better place to understand Hafez’s place in the nation’s psyche than at his tomb and the memorial garden within which it is set. Iranians have a saying that every home must have two things: first the Quran, then a collection of the works of Hafez. This 14th-century Iranian folk hero is loved and revered and almost every Iranian can quote his work, bending it to whichever social or political persuasion they subscribe.
Despite all dreadful restrictions when nobody could violate from the authority rules, Hafez used his tactfulness and brought his ideas to the public in the language of poetry without being a victim of his bold action. This quality is called “Rendy” in Persian. He mentioned several concepts of human life in his works, but one concept has always been continually present in his works – love. Iranians love Hafiz and his poetry and respect him a lot. During the feasts and ceremonies such as Yalda night when families gather together, they read lines of poetry from Hafiz. As they believe that Hafiz informs them about the future. In top things to do in Shiraz,make sure to visit tomb of Hafez and also let him tell your future. This can be done at the entrance to the garden where you can buy cards with their translations on them.
Hall of Hafeziyeh which is from Zandiyeh era, is 56 meters long and 8 meters wide and is formed by 20 stone pillars, each with 5 meters height. Formerly the Hall consisted of four pillars and four rooms that have been removed later from the area. There are two rooms in the East and West sides of the Hall, one belongs to the Cultural Heritage Organization and the other one belongs to the Shrine Office. The hall’s architectural style is related to the Achaemenid and Zands period. The Shrine also consists of 8 stone pillars. The number 8 symbolizes the eighth century (the century Hafez was lived in) and the eight doors of paradise. The exterior of the dome of the shrine, is a symbol of sky and is formed as the hat of Turkish dervishes. The inside of the dome is decorated with different theosophical colors; Turquoise blue (symbol of heaven), amethystine red (symbol of eternal wine), black and white (symbol of day and night) and burnt brown (symbol of earth).