Narenjestan garden, a tourist hotspot in Shiraz

July 9, 2017

An undated photo released by IRNA depicts people visiting an enormous mansion set within the well-manicured Narenjestan garden, itself a major tourist destination in Shiraz, southern Iran.

The majestic mansion was built between 1879 and 1886 upon the order of the wealthy merchant Mohammad Ali Khan Qavam al-Molk. Its basement houses an archaeological museum, a collection that was once put together by Arthur Upham Pope, an American scholar who taught at the Asia Institute in Shiraz between 1969 and 1979.

The greenish surroundings epitomize the genuine concept of Persian Garden, a UNESCO- inscribed element that interweaves natural elements with manmade components to embody the paradise on Earth through a patchwork of artistic, philosophical, figurative, and religious notions.

The mansion is connected to another nearby traditional house called Khaneh Zinat ol-Molk via an underground passage that is not open to the public.

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