About Vakil Bazaar
Vakil Bazaar belongs to Zand Period and is located in Shiraz, near Karim Khan-e Zand Castle. This bazaar is among the most popular traditional and historical bazaars of Iran that was built by the order of Karim Khan-e Zand from 1172 A.H. to 1193 A.H. it is one of the major monuments left from Karim Khan-e Zand period and it is still operating. All commercial affairs were conducted in this bazaar and in fact Vakil Bazaar has been the economic heart of Shiraz. There has been an organization in this bazaar where merchants could leave their goods on loan and use them whenever required. Construction materials of this bazaar consist of plaster, brick and lime laid on pillars of carved slates. Various sections of Vakil Bazaar are nominated according to the crafts practiced there; for example, Drapers Bazaar, Glass Sellers Bazaar, Tailors Bazaar, Milliners Bazaar, Saddlers Bazaar, Swordsmiths Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar, where various goods can be found. In terms of architecture, Vakil Bazaar contains three separate spaces: pass ways, stores' frontage and stores' space. This bazaar has five grand entrances on four sides of it. In addition, it has a north-south and east-west tracks that intersect like a cross. At the intersection of these two paths, there is the Chahar-soogh with a very high ceiling. Chahar-soogh is branched into four bazaars. Several caravanserais known a Rowghani, Gomrok and Ahmadi are built in Vakil Bazaar the entrance of which is from inside the bazaar. Air conditioning of this bazaar is through windcatchers and the height of arc. Vakil Bazaar has been registered as a national monument of Iran.