April 15, 2021
People mostly know Shiraz by Vakil Bazaar, while in this beautiful city, there are other attractive markets and shopping centers. Saraye Fil is one of the old bazaars of Shiraz, which is located in Darb-e-Shahzadeh neighborhood and is now a place for selling Persian carpets and spices.
This building, like most of the buildings of Zandieh and Qajar eras, was built as a central courtyard. There are two entrances to the open area in front of the Vakil Mosque, on the west side of the building, where you enter the central area. There is also an entrance on the south side of the market, which is mostly used for pedestrian traffic and leads to the carpet market. The rooms around Saraye Fil, served both as a warehouse and as an inn, which used to accommodate travelers who had goods to offer.
This historical monument, which was built in 1766 after restoration, has become a permanent bazaar of handicrafts and traditional arts of Shiraz. Saraye Fil is located between the bazaar of glassmakers and leather makers and in the western and southern half of Vakil Bazaar. The old entrance door of this house is a simple brick arch that is connected to the courtyard of Saraye Fil by a long corridor.