A walkway leading to the Mausoleum of Hafez Shirazi

A walkway leading to the Mausoleum of Hafez Shirazi

This is a raised terrace and beyond this lies the tomb of Hafez, it is also called Hafezieh by the locals

This is a raised terrace and beyond this lies the tomb of Hafez, it is also called Hafezieh by the locals

Steps leading to the raised platform, in the background the tomb of Hafez can be seen

Steps leading to the raised platform, in the background the tomb of Hafez can be seen

Hafez is a famous Iranian poet who was born in Shiraz in 1325, his full name was Khwaja Shams-uddin Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi

Hafez is a famous Iranian poet who was born in Shiraz in 1325, his full name was Khwaja Shams-uddin Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi

The mausoleum of Hafez is located in the northern edge of Shiraz and it is surrounded by a beautiful garden

The mausoleum of Hafez is located in the northern edge of Shiraz and it is surrounded by a beautiful garden

The walkway which provide access to the tomb of Hafez, seen from the steps of the raised platform

The walkway which provide access to the tomb of Hafez, seen from the steps of the raised platform

Hafez wrote his immortal poems in this beautiful city of Shiraz in which he criticises the ruling elite of Ilkhanid

Hafez wrote his immortal poems in this beautiful city of Shiraz in which he criticises the ruling elite of Ilkhanid

One of the earliest buildings above his grave was erected in 1452

One of the earliest buildings above his grave was erected in 1452

Andre Godard, the French architect was assigned the task of expanding and replanning the gardens

Andre Godard, the French architect was assigned the task of expanding and replanning the gardens

Ceiling of the open pavilion which is built above the grave of Hafez

Ceiling of the open pavilion which is built above the grave of Hafez

Visitors, when they come to the resting place of Hafez, they touch the tombstone with few fingers and they recite a chapter of Koran

Visitors, when they come to the resting place of Hafez, they touch the tombstone with few fingers and they recite a chapter of Koran

Sometimes they bring flowers or spray rosewater to show their respect to Hafez and his literary work

Sometimes they bring flowers or spray rosewater to show their respect to Hafez and his literary work

Hafez died in Shiraz in 1390 and he had left for us his famous Divan-e-Hafez to remember him

Hafez died in Shiraz in 1390 and he had left for us his famous Divan-e-Hafez to remember him

This appears to be one of the poems of Hafez, close to his grave

This appears to be one of the poems of Hafez, close to his grave

Area around the tomb of Hafez was a cemetery and there are many famous people buried there

Area around the tomb of Hafez was a cemetery and there are many famous people buried there

One of the few notable burials are the Muadel family of Shiraz

One of the few notable burials are the Muadel family of Shiraz

Graves have names of the deceased ones wrriten on them, often followed by some verses in the Persian

Graves have names of the deceased ones wrriten on them, often followed by some verses in the Persian

Locals walking around the graves, next to the tomb of Hafez

Locals walking around the graves, next to the tomb of Hafez

On a rainy day in Shiraz, after visiting the graves to one side, I came back to the tomb of Hafez

On a rainy day in Shiraz, after visiting the graves to one side, I came back to the tomb of Hafez

Locals come in huge numbers to pay their respect to this poet

Locals come in huge numbers to pay their respect to this poet

This pool (sans water) is located beside the grave of Hafez (opposite side of the Muadel famil graves)

This pool (sans water) is located beside the grave of Hafez (opposite side of the Muadel famil graves)

Entrance to the complex is through a beautiful portal

Entrance to the complex is through a beautiful portal

This gravestone is made out of marble but name is very faint

This gravestone is made out of marble but name is very faint

Some of the graves were covered in glass

Some of the graves were covered in glass

This grave is inscribed with elaborate Persian verses

This grave is inscribed with elaborate Persian verses

Graves have different sizes, this one is almost flat on the ground

Graves have different sizes, this one is almost flat on the ground

In many cases, some family members were buried next to eachother (also the family of Hafez)

In many cases, some family members were buried next to eachother (also the family of Hafez)

Stained glass used above one of the doors

Stained glass used above one of the doors

An old style latch used on one of the doors

An old style latch used on one of the doors

A newly painted pool in the garden which surrounds the cemetery

A newly painted pool in the garden which surrounds the cemetery

Looking back at the open area through one of the arches

Looking back at the open area through one of the arches

This is the front door of Hafez Education Centre which offers services to those who interested in the work of Hafez

This is the front door of Hafez Education Centre which offers services to those who interested in the work of Hafez

Another view of the pool, in front of the graveyard complex

Another view of the pool, in front of the graveyard complex