Tomb of Hafez 2017-03-07

Tomb of Hafez

The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial Hall, the Hafeziyeh, are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, Iran, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez.

Khwaja Shamas-ud-Din Muhammad Hafez Shirazi, known by his name Hafez, was a Persian poet who lauded the joys of love and wine, but also targeted religious hypocrisy.

He was born in Shiraz in 1315 and died there in 1390.

He is said to have known all the Quran by hearty, hence earning the nick-name of Hafez. His collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in homes of most people in Iran.

The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez.

This memorial was later rebuilt in the Shah Abbas Safavid period. After that there have been numerous repairmen’s but the main changes took place in the Zandiyeh era by Karim Khan Zand.

The present buildings, built in 1935  and designed by the French architect and architect and archeologist Andre Godard, are at the site of previous structures, the best-known of which was built in 1773.

The tomb, its gardens, and the surrounding memorials to other great figures are a focus of tourism in Shiraz.

The Hafez memorial today still holds that tombstone but the design was changed in 1928 by Ali Asghar Hekmat who was the minister of culture at that time. The new design consisted of 6 columns and has remained to this date.


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