National Geographic : 1951 Oct
Storied Shiraz Carpets a Shangri La Valley inSouthern Iran This view of the oasis city bursts into sight asthe traveler emerges from bar ren mountains on the road from ancient Persepolis. The arch, built adozen years ago, replaced one that had stood on the site for centuries. Famous for its dream world gardens, beautiful women, and fine wines, Shiraz holds aspecial place among Iran's cities. Birth place of the celebrated poets Hafiz and Saadi, it isthe country's poetical capital. Almost amile above sea level, ithas a superb climate. Inspring roses and orange blossoms perfume the air. Paradoxically, Shiraz is perhaps Iran's most pro gressive city. Ithas giant reservoirs, water system, hospital, medical school, library, college of arts and crafts, athletic field, stadium, and swimming pool, all recently finished orbeing completed. Since the war, wide avenues have been cut, streets paved, and whole new sections laid out. Population, now 150. 000. has jumped athird in 10years (page 448).