Green spaces have always played an important role in Iranians’ life. As Iran is an arid and semi-arid country, building lush gardens had been always a pleasant hobby for them to spend relaxing hours there. They have been experts in building gardens in a way that the concept of the Persian Garden is inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage. We have talked about Eram Garden and Jahan Nama Garden. Now is the time to introduce another garden in Shiraz, Afif Abad garden.
Afif Abad Garden of Shiraz, which is also commonly referred to as Gulshan Garden is one of the historical gardens in Shiraz. This garden was built during the Safavid period in the 16th century and has undergone changes in the next centuries; now this garden is turned into a military museum where you can see a variety of military equipment and weapons from the old ages to the current time. Afif Abad Museum is the largest military museum in the Middle East.
Among the historical equipment, there are two pieces of equipment with remarkable historical backgrounds. In front of the entrance stairs, the chariot that was used for the funeral of Reza Shah of the Pahlavi dynasty and the cannon of Fathali Shah of the Qajar dynasty is located.
Afif Abad garden is recently used as a perfect place for music performances. Come and be dazzled by the magnificent sight of Afif Abad garden and let the ethnic music and lights entertain you. Songs of Iran, created and performed by local musicians feature traditional instruments like the Tar, Setar, Santur and more. Immerse in tunes from popular Iran classic tunes and light shows on Afif Abad mansion. This event is not to be missed. Take part in Shiraz Garden Tour to visit this garden.
Afif Abad garden is the first event street and urban space in the city of Shiraz where you can meet the locals, walk and enjoy the greenery.
This garden, whose architecture is a mixture of architectural features of the Achaemenid, Sassanid, Zand and Qajar eras, was registered in the list of national monuments of Iran.
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Visiting Afif Abad garden is interesting for these reasons:
Afif Abad Garden is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz, which was built during the Safavid period and has been one of the main promenades of the Persian kings.
During the Pahlavi era, this garden was given as a gift to Farah Pahlavi, the queen of Iran and finally, the army succeeded in buying this 127,000 square meter garden during an auction. Afif Abad Garden is still owned by the army and is open to the public.
This garden is about 127 thousand square meters and has a simple structure; it consists of a mansion, a traditional bath and a coffee house inside an Iranian garden.
At the entrance, 4 pillars can be seen that are inspired by the Persepolis. Two stone lions are located at the entrance as if they are holding the gates by their claws. A corridor leads you to the garden where the mansion is located.
The mansion located in the middle of the garden has two floors and 30 rooms. The lower floor has been turned into a military museum. The second floor has a long corridor with rooms on either side.
In the center of this floor, there is a large and magnificent hall. The roof of the hall is wooden and is decorated with floral patterns, hunting occasion, feasts and celebrations. The walls are tiled and the doors are decorated with stained glasses. The rooms on this floor include conference rooms, dressing rooms, living rooms, reception and gambling rooms.
The traditional bath in this garden is similar to other traditional Iranian baths like the Vakil bath in Shiraz. It consists of two cold water and hot water reservoirs. The walls of this bath are covered with paintings from old mythical Persian stories.
The traditional coffee shop in Afif Abad garden is built in the old Iranian architecture style. A small basin is located in the middle of its courtyard and the surrounding walls are adorned by the paintings of Shahnameh, the Persian epic written by Ferdowsi, stories.
The best way is to take part in one of the Shiraz garden tour of Leaveabode.
You can use a private car or public transport to reach Afifabad Garden. The best choice to access Afifabad Garden from different parts of the city is a taxi.
Afifabad Garden in Shiraz is located at the end of Afifabad Street, close to Sattar Khan Street.
|Spring and summer||from 8:00 to 17:30|
|Autumn and winter||from 8:00 to 17:30|
The required time from this monument is 2 to 3 hours.
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The best time to visit Afifabad Garden, like other gardens in Shiraz, is May. Of course, this garden also has its charm in other seasons of the year. Even in winter, visiting the military museum can be memorable.
Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran, is synonymous with the city of poets, education, nightingales, and wine. It is a must-see that you would not miss during your trip to Iran. It is very close to Persepolis in the Fars …