Located in the center of Shiraz, Vakil Bazaar like many other historical monuments in this city is part of the Vakil complex (including a mosque, citadel, bazaar, water storage, caravanserai and baths) dating back to the Zand era. In its golden ages, all trading of domestic and foreign goods took place in this market. In fact, Vakil Bazaar was the beating heart of Shiraz then. Let’s go on with the attractions of this ancient Bazaar.
Karim Khan Zand selected Shiraz as his capital, he came to the conclusion that Shiraz as the capital needs a perfect place for trade exchanges after visiting Qaisaria Bazaar of Lar. The 21,000 square meters bazaar shows the glory it was to have.
Vakil bazaar was built by the best architects of its time in a way that severe earthquakes have not been able to damage it. The cross-shaped structure, high ceiling and wide width of Vakil Bazaar are important features of its construction. The other interesting point of this Bazaar is the special lighting system that is different from the other Iranian bazaars. The roof holes direct sunlight into the bazaar while it blocks direct sunlight as well as a large amount of water to enter. There are also windows above most of the rooms helping with ventilation and moderating the temperature.
If you like to purchase souvenirs in Shiraz, the best place is Vakil Bazaar. A variety of carpets, kilims and gabbehs, copper or silver ornamented valuable handicrafts as well as a variety of Shirazi sweets and snacks such as Masghati, halva and Yokheh are some options there. Even if you don’t intend to shop, walking in this old bazaar, feeling the atmosphere of an ancient trading center and the enthusiasm of people there will surely convey an unmatched feeling to you.
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It is said that when Karim Khan visited Qaisariyeh Bazaar in Lar city, he decided to build a similar bazaar in Shiraz to create a place for business and economic affairs in Shiraz. It was built as a four-sided, cross-shaped and arched construction with 5 entrances from different parts of the city. According to the historical records, the construction of this ancient Bazaar in Shiraz took 21 years.
Vakil bazaar is made up of brick and lime, and the columns are carved out of stone, making it one of the strongest buildings of its era. The roof of Bazaar used to be about 11 meters high, but now it is reduced to 10 meters. There used to be a large marble basin in the center of Bazaar to which a waterway leaded water. Currently, the marble basin is destroyed but the waterway still exists.
It was formerly a small caravanserai next to the bazaar but now it is a segment in which a variety of traditional Iranian handicrafts and jewellery is sold. As well as enjoying its beautiful architecture and tranquillizing atmosphere, you can purchase some art crafts as souvenirs there.
This ancient Bazaar in Shiraz is currently a place for selling various Iranian and imported goods. The most prominent goods are all kinds of Iranian handmade and machine-made carpets, traditional fabrics and ornaments.
Vakil Water Reservoir: (1m walk)
Vakil Bazaar is located in the central part of Shiraz, Fars province.
Vakil Bazaar is located in the center of Shiraz. It has several entrances in Zand, Taleghani and Lotfali Khan Zand streets. The main entrance of Vakil North and South Markets is located on Zand Street, on the east side of Shahrdari Square.
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Shiraz Vakil Bazaar was built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand in the 18th century.
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 …