In the Fars province, Shiraz, an oasis in the desert stands out as the capital of the art of enjoying life, as lived by the poets Saadi and Hafez. This city founded by the Achaemenidae is presently an administrative centre. The mosque of the Regent is remarkable for its pink and green earthenware that characterise the school of the city. Forty-eight sculpted pillars support Mehrab hall that contains a pulpit carved on white marble. Worth seeing equally is the Shah Sheragh mausoleum for its dome and minaret, capped with a gilded roof and further east, the Nasir-al-Molk mosque. Masjid-e Atiq is reported to have housed copies of the Holy Book. Do not miss out on the relief inscriptions ascribed to Yahya al Jamali, a 16th century calligrapher. Amongst the public parks, the Bagh-e Eram hosts a 19th century Qajar palace. The animal scenes on its façade reflect in the canals. Worth seeing equally is the Hafez mausoleum in the centre of the garden which has a tea house offering tasting sessions. At Shiraz, lovely brick vaults cover a large section of the bazaar.