Resting at the heart of Shiraz, the traditional Vakil Bathhouse is considered as one of the architectural masterpieces of its own time. The space design, especially that of its Shah Neshin (lit. The Seat of the King) which was a well-cornered separate room standing above other areas of the building also known as the five-door or three-door room with a cooling dock located in its front side used for royal members), is indeed spectacular. The plasterwork inscribed under the dome of the bathhouse speaks of stories and beliefs of the Iranians in the 18th century AD.
Vakil Complex, in Shiraz, consists of Valik Bathhouse, Mosque, and Bazar and is a glorious reminiscent belonging to the reign of Karim’Khan Zand (1750-1779 AD). The artistic and architectural works existing in Vakil Bathhouse, as is the case with its Mosque and Bazar, unveil the interest of that king in retaining the historical heritage of the Iranians. The Bathhouse has a cube-shaped construction, made of brick, stone, and gypsum mortar. The interior space is brightened with roof lights and there are religious and lyrical images painted on its walls representing the beliefs of the Iranians of the time. In addition to a Bathhouse Museum, the Museum of Traditional Arts and Handicraft are found in there. This latter, however, introduces a unique collection of the cultural context of the nomadic tribes of Fars Province.
Vakil Bathhouse is located in Lotf'Ali Khan Zand St. At the center of Shiraz. From certain spots and monuments like Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazar, Shah'Cheragh, Karim'Khan Castle etc. you can easily get to the Bathhouse by walk. However, to get to the city center, you can either take a taxi or get on a bus.
8 am - 8:30 pm
The gate of the Bathhouse will be closed half an hour before the end of visit time. As mentioned, Vakil Complex consists of Bazar, Bathhouse, and Mosque. You can visit Vakil Complex, along with Karim'Khan Castle, and Pars Museum in one day and with short intervals between the visits.