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house of Shapouri

House of Shapouri, An Iranian-European Garden

Shapouri Mansion or House of Shapouri is a beautiful and unique building in Shiraz, the capital of Fars Province. This house is famous for its fantastic garden.

The House of Shapouri, dating back to first Pahlavi era, is located on Anwari Avenue. It has a short distance from Zandieh Complex. This magnificent mansion has one of the most beautiful gardens in Shiraz which is worth visiting.

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Shapouri mansion belonged to “Abdul Sahib Shapouri”, one of the most famous merchants of Shiraz. The family lived in this mansion till early 1990’s. After that, the building was abandoned for years. The Fars Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization bought this luxurious mansion in 1999. This monument was registered in Iran national heritage list in 2000.

Its picturesque mansion has a trace overlooking the fountain where you can seat and enjoy a heaven-like garden, the exquisite pond with lots of flowers around it.

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The Architecture of Shapouri House

The total area is about 4635 m2. The two-storey mansion has an area of 2840 m2. Architects believes that Shapouri mansion was constructed according to the Qajar era style. It is on the list of the first architectural structures that were designed based on a free approach to architecture. In fact, Shapouri mansion was designed based on a European-Iranian style.

The architecture of this magnificent building has unique features which are against other Iranian traditional architecture. First, the addition of a balcony to the building was not common in Iranian architecture of Qajar era, but the balcony was added to this building. Second, unlike many other buildings, each room had its own usage in Shapouri mansion. Third, its inner staircase is not seen in the architectural style of its contemporary buildings.  Forth, the Shapouri garden has symmetrical passages, but trees were planted asymmetrically. Fifth, the way to access the mansion is not through its main axis, but with 90 degrees of rotation, it is in the north of mansion.

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Furthermore, in the western part of the Shapouri mansion, enjoying a very beautiful view, there are some pillars made of gypsum. They were tiled with Achaemenid designs. There is also a beautiful pentagon pond in the center of the garden which provides a fantastic view and add to the beauty of the garden.

In the garden, you can find various trees such as plane, pomegranate, cypress, fig, maple, dates, oranges, and flowers such as pelargonium and rose.

This mansion is used as a restaurant and café shop today. It is highly recommended to visit this fantastic mansion and garden. The restaurant may be expensive but the mansion is worth visiting.

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About the author

I'm Maryam. I was graduated in B. A. and M. A. in Translation Studies. I also has a BSc. degree in Urban Planning. I am a tour organizer and travel consultant, a teacher, and an urban planner who try to do her best. I love the world. I love all creatures. I am seeking peace of heart and mind. I am looking for a better Earth to live.

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