Vakil Bazaar 2017-03-08
Vakil Bazaar is the main bazaar of Shiraz, Iran, located in the historical center of the city.
Vakil bazaar was built in 11th century by Karim Khan as part of plan to make Shiraz into a prominent trading center. This architecturally beautiful building is a trade hub for merchants selling spices, rugs, handmade, copper pieces, antiques, Persian sweets and much more.
It is thought that the market originally was established by the Buwayhids and was completed mainly by the Atabaks of Fars, and was renamed after Karim Khan Zand only in the 18th century.
The different parts of the bazaar have got their own special names, depending on the type of trade and the type of goods sold in that portion of the bazaar.
The Bazaar has beautiful courtyards, carvansarais, both houses, and old shops which are deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques.
Vakil Bazaar is made of bricks, limestone and chalk. The foundation of the bazaar is very high, and it is covered with beautiful tiles, ceramics and brick.
Like other Middle Eastern bazaars, there are a few mosques and Imam Zadehs constructed beside or behind the bazaar.
Bazaar-e Vakil continues on the north side of Karim Khan-e Zand Boulevard but is of less immediate interest.