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Shiraz is known as the poetic capital of Persia because two of the greatest poets of the world Hafez 1324-1391 and Sadi 1209-1291 come from this city Sadi the traveler was born in Baghdad and saw a great part of the world before he finally settled in Shiraz where he died Hafez on the other hand was born in Shiraz and except for one very short journey never even left his city So its logical we start our stay in Shiraz with a visit to their mausolea At the mausoleum of Sadi it is unnervingly quiet the door is open but theres nobody there We discover why when we arrive at the mausoleum of Hafez Today it happens to be Hafez Memorial Day and every Iranian who loves poetry has come here to commemorate the great poet while reading reciting or listening to some of his poems For us this is a very strange experience We cant imagine so many young people would come to a Vondel Day in Holland Iranians must truly love their poetry Our Iranian guide Shervin surprises us he recites a beautiful poem of Sadi by heart When its almost dark we go to the Shrine of Shah Cheragh This is the tomb of Seyed Amir Ahmad the brother of Imam Reza the 8th Imam The outside of the Shrine looks absolutely fabulous in the dark The Shrine is a Holy Place and an important place for pilgrimage but it is open to non-Muslims as long as you ask permission first and under the condition that women wear a chador We are even allowed to look inside where a service is going on We see a lot of grief come out men throw themselves against the tomb women are crying and there are people praying everywhere While at the same time a little boy is walking around serving tea This service is something we have never seen in
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