Mausoleum of Hafez (1324-1391), the greatest master of Persian lyric poetry and the literary giant of the 14th century in the west and central Asia, was born in Shiraz, lived all his life here, sang its praises in unsurpassed verse and was buried in a garden known after him as the Hafezieh, in the northeast part of the city that located in a flower garden.
The extraordinary popularity and the wide appeal of this great poet among all Persian-speaking people make his tomb a cherished placed, visited by all. This mausoleum too was rebuilt in the early 50’s. A flight of stone steps reaches to the tomb under a tiled cupola resembling a dervish’s hat. The tombstone is beautifully inscribed with two of Hafez’s poems or Ghazals.
Visitors to the tomb can still, as they have done for centuries, take the omens by picking a page at random from a volume of Hafez, kept for this purpose, and one of the habits of Iranian is reading his poem in the longest night in the year, Yalda (20 December)
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