Shiraz

Where is Shiraz?

Shiraz is the fifth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province (Old Persian as Pârsâ). Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the (Roodkhaneye Khoshk/ The 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. The earliest reference to the city as Tiraziš is on Elamite clay tablets dated to 2000 BC. In the 13th century 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 1800. Two famous poets of Iran Hafez and Saadi are from Shiraz whose tombs are on the north side of the current city boundaries.

What Language do the people speak?

Although a variety of unofficial languages are spoken, roughly 99% of the population understand and speak Persian. The majority of people in Tehran identify themselves as Persians. Some of the the Iranians can also speak English and Arabic.

How is the climate?

 The Shiraz lies on 1536m above sea level The climate here is considered to be a local steppe climate. During the year, there is little rainfall in Shiraz. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is BSk. The average annual temperature in Shiraz is 16.8 °C | 62.3 °F. The rainfall here is around 316 mm | 12.4 inch per year.

What is the Currency?

The “RIAL” is the currency of Iran. Although the “TOMAN” is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in “tomans”. For this purpose, one “toman” equals 10 rials. Despite this usage, amounts of money and prices of goods are virtually always written in rials. For example, the sign next to a loaf of bread in a store would state the price in rials, e.g., “10,000 Rials,” even though the clerk, if asked, would say that the bread costs “1,000 tomans.”

How about the Electricity?

The standard electrical voltage in Iran is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. If you have any plan for traveling, you may need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment to three-pronged UK-style plug.

Inside Shiraz