January 11, 2021
Quran Gate was built by the order of Az-Dawla Dailami. It takes its name from the Qur'an which was placed inside by the order of the king. It was believed that it would bless the travelers as they passed underneath, meaning they could travel safely. The arch, which was falling apart over time, was rebuilt by Karim Khan Zand during Zand period. During the reconstruction, a room was added on top of and two volumes of a great, exquisite Qur'an scribed by of Sultan Ibrahim Ibn Shahrokh Teymouri were placed inside. These Qurans, known as the "Hefdah-man Quran", have been transferred to the Pars Museum in Shiraz. The Gate, having been severely damaged during the Qajar period due to several earthquakes, was repaired by Mohammad Zakia Khan Nouri, and rooms were built on both sides as checkpoints and highways. They also built a water reservoir next to the gate, which was filled with water from Roknabad and used by travelers on the way. In the past, this building was also called the Quran Arch.
Qur’an Gate is a cultural and historical place where not only you can see a monument but also get a good view of the city and see the local people walk through. According to many tourists what attracts them to this sight is lighting of the gate, sidewalks and also the interactions between people.