Hafez Tomb


The most celebrated Persian poet, Khwaja Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi (c. 1320-1389), known by his pen name Hafez, lived and died in Shiraz. Hafez’s collection of poetry, the Divan-i Hafez, is mostly composed of short poems with lyrical and mystical themes (Ghazal), and is commonly considered to be the zenith of Persian poetry.

The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, Iran, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez. The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez. The tombstone of Hafiz lies in a beautiful garden which is another sample of Persian gardens. The architecture of this monument is amazing. Lots of flowers are planted and always kept in good condition by the organization in charge of maintaining the garden.

A much more substantial memorial was constructed in the gardens in 1773 during the reign of Karim Khan Zand. Situated on the north bank of the seasonal Rudkhaneye Khoshk river in the Musalla Gardens, the Hāfezieh consisted of four central columns, with two rooms built at the east and west end and with the north and south sides remaining open. The building split the gardens into two regions, with the orange grove in the front and the cemetery in the back. The actual tomb was outside of the structure, in the middle of the cemetery, with a marble slab placed over the grave. The marble was engraved by a calligrapher with excerpts from Hafez’s poetry.

Over the years it was altered, until the structure as it stands today was comissioned in 1935, having been designed by French historian and architect André Godard, who was director of the Iranian Archeological Service at the time.

The ceiling of the mausoleum of Hafez  is decorated with mosaic works that shines in lively colors. This structure is located in a garden with family tombs on one side and a wall decorated by arches on the other side.

Hafiz was born in 1326 A.D.He believed that life is too short and human beings should enjoy their lives so that they will not regret anything. Hafiz and his beliefs were greatly admired by Goethe, the great modern German literature genius.


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