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by John Walker

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The Aramgah-é Hafez (Tomb of the Poet Hafez) was constructed in 1773 by Karim Khan to house the remains of Hafez, one of the two most celebrated poets of Shiraz. “Hafez” means “one who can recite the Quran by memory”—his real name was Khajé Shams-ed-Din Mohammad, which is a piece of work to recite from memory in its own right. The pavilion over the tomb was erected only in 1933, when the entryway (visible in the background) and its columns were restored after being seriously damaged in an earthquake. The shrine is set among large, well manicured gardens.

by John Walker
August, 1999