Photographer's Note

Qur'an Gate is a historic gate in the southern-central Persian city of Shiraz, Iran. It is located at the northeastern entrance of the city. The Gate was first built during the time of the Zand dynasty. it had sustained a lot of damage, so it was restored and a small room on top was added, in which were kept hand-written Islamic Holy Book, Qur’āns. Travelers passing underneath the gates were believed to receive the blessing of the Holy Book as they began their trip or journey from Shiraz.During the Qajar dynasty, the gate was damaged by multiple earthquakes. In 1937 the two Qur’āns were taken from the gate and were taken to the Pars Museum in Shiraz, where they remain today. In 1949 the arch of the gate was restored.
Today the gates are part of a city park where Shirazis relax and picnic during their leisure hours.

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