Qur’an Gate 2017-03-08
Qua’an Gate (also known as Darvazeh Qur’an) is a historic gate in the north of Shiraz, Iran. Qur’an Gate is the only old gate that remains in the city from the six Shiraz gates.
It is located at the northeastern entrance of the city, on the way to Marvdasht and Isfahan, between Baba Kouhi and Chehel Maqam Mountains near Allah-o-Akbar Gorge.
The gate was first built during the region of Adud ad-Dawla. By the time of the Zand dynasty, it had sustained a lot of damage, so it was restered and a small room on top was added, in which were kept hand-written Qur’ans by Sultan Ibrahim Bin Shahrukh Gurekani. The two Qur’ans are known as Hifdah-Man.
There is an interesting and unbelievable story behind this gate that even locals don’t know it, just some old people of Shiraz know it.
In Iranian culture, walking behind Qur’an, when you are going to go to travel, cause being auspicious moments through the journey. Thus, they had installed the holy book to cause lucky things.
Travelers passing underneath the gates were believed to receive the blassing of the Holy Book as they began their trip or journey from Shiraz.
During the Qajar dynasty, the gate was damaged by multiple earthquakes; it was later restored by Hossein Igar, a merchant also known as E’temad Al-Tejar.