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Vakil Bath, Shiraz
(3.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
At Vakil Bath, take a step back into the 18th century and--with a little help from wax figures--imagine how Persians would come here to relax, socialize, and take part in wedding ceremonies. Karim Khan, founder of the Zand Dynasty, built the traditional Persian-style bath as a part of the royal district in 1766. Notice the marble pools, glazed tile work, and depictions of plants, animals, and people. Throughout the baths, mannequins demonstrate the usual activities taking place here: chatting, massages, back scrubs, and wedding preparations. Look for a wax figure of Karim Khan preparing himself for the bath. Our Shiraz travel itinerary planner makes visiting Vakil Bath and other Shiraz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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TripAdvisor
  • Nice depiction of what a Persian bath house would have looked like. Not that big, but good descriptions of the jobs. 
  • Place has nothing exceptional, I do not recommend, the price of admission is not worth the effort.
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  • You must know, that hammams, so public bathhouses, were closed in Iran "for reasons of morality" to Khomeini's times and banned and converted in part to Cafés or hotels, or just "Hammam"museums like this. That's too bad. A piece of culture was functionally being abolished. I was since 1965 until last year (September/October 2015 can not enter unfortunately down) as a common Iran-traveller, not pronounced as a tourist (from Germany 5 times by public transport, and twice with the car, now with more than 70 once again with a tour group with less than 12 participants) grateful that wonderful baths there was this where you get after days at that time largely still unpaved dust and dirt roads of sweat , Desert dust and dirt could really thoroughly clean. A shower or even a bath at the hotel still not a full substitute for a pore-cleansing steam bath followed by soap scum - and scratch glove treatment with a vigorous massage to the end - is always already separated for men and women. -What is it immoral, if simple workers want to clean in the bath house in the evening? Or have you all a bathroom now at home in her apartment with a kitchenette? Who has ever visited a - best antique - Hamam in Turkey, know what I'm talking about. There, such a ban would be a reason for a national, comprehensive (and certainly successful) uprising. At least, it is good and commendable that one has received the baths with their often very interesting and artistically valuable architecture and decoration at least to the part. You could forgo the plaster figures however like to - you should probably warn visitors to the ground of the "loose morals" earlier times and deter...-? In fact, there are more beautiful bathhouses, in this respect, I cannot agree with "Patrick-Hbg", but unfortunately, none is more in operating in Iran.
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  • A bit touristic as place. It is a museum with different plastic statues - some of them really good - showing different people ( customers and emploees) while enjoying Hamaam. Value for the price maybe not the best.
  • Ok place. If you haven't been to the one in Kashan, it might be interesting to visit but price for foreigners is too high for what is offered.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Shiraz , this bath with a great architecture is part the touristic complex of Shiraz
  • The wax figures are quite realistic, enhanced by the dim indoor lightings. You get to see how people got together to bathe, chat and catch up in the old days.
  • old hamam