Two famous poets of Iran, Hafez and Saadi, are from Shiraz, whose tombs are on the north side of the current city boundaries.
Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine (despite Iran being an Islamic republic), and flowers.
The city was spared destruction by the invading Mongols, when its local ruler offered tributes and submission to Genghis Khan.
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In the 13th century, Shiraz became a leading center of the arts and letters, due to the encouragement of its ruler and the presence of many Persian scholars and artists.
It was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 until 1800.
Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the "Roodkhaneye Khoshk" (The Dry River) seasonal river.
It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years.
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