50 Reasons to Visit Iran
Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire. Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C. Here are 50 reasons to visit Iran.
Persepolis, literally meaning "the Persian city," also known as the Throne of Jamshid, was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Persepolis is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, known as Imam Square, formerly known as Shah Square, is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619.
The Golestan Palace, literally the Roseland Palace, is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran.
The Azadi Tower, formerly known as the Shahyad Tower, is a monument located at Azadi Square, in Tehran City. It is one of the symbols of Tehran, and marks the west entrance to the city.
Milad Tower, also known as the Tehran Tower, is a multi-purpose tower in Tehran. It is the sixth tallest tower and the 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world.
From pistachio to black tea, from saffron to kebab, from Mirza Ghasemi to Ghormeh Sabzi, the heavy presence of aromatic herbs makes Iranian cuisine appetizing and addictive.
Eram Garden is a historic Persian garden in Shiraz.The garden, and the building within it, are located at the northern shore of the Khoshk River in the Fars province.
The Shah Mosque, also known as Imam Mosque, renamed after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, and Jaame' Abbasi Mosque, is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran, standing in south side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square.
National Museum of Iran
The National Museum of Iran is located in Tehran. It is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of Ancient Iran which was inaugurated in 1937, and the Museum of the Islamic Era which was inaugurated in 1972.
Nasir ol Molk Mosque
The Nasir ol Molk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, is a traditional mosque in Shiraz.
Holy Savior Cathedral, also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral in Isfahan. Vank means "monastery" or "convent" in the Armenian language.
Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
Imam Reza shrine
The Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, Iran is a complex which contains the mausoleum of Imam Reza, the eighth Imam of Twelver Shiites. It is the largest mosque in the world by dimension and the second largest by capacity.
Shāh Chérāgh is a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad.
Chogha Zanbil is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia. It lies approximately 42 km south-southeast of Dezful, 30 km south-east of Susa and 80 km north of Ahvaz.
The Vakil Mosque is a mosque in Shiraz, situated to the west of the Vakil Bazaar next to its entrance.
Carpet Museum of Iran
Located in Tehran, beside Laleh Park, and founded in 1976, the Carpet Museum of Iran exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over Iran, dating from the 18th century to the present.
The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam, a city in the Kermān Province of southeastern Iran. It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site "Bam and its Cultural Landscape".
Khaju Bridge is a bridge in the province of Isfahan, which has been described as the finest in the province. It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650, on the foundations of an older bridge.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as TMoCA, is among the largest art museums in Iran.
Takht-e Soleymān, also known as Azar Goshnasp, literally "the Fire of the Warrior Kings", is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan.
The Niavaran Complex is a historical complex situated in Shemiran, Tehran. It consists of several buildings and monuments built in the Qajar and Pahlavi eras.
Mount Tochal is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran.
Agha Bozorg mosque
Agha Bozorg mosque is a historical mosque in Kashan. The mosque was built in the late 18th century by master-mimar Ustad Haj Sa'ban-ali. The mosque and theological school is located in the center of the city.
The Pars Museum is a museum in Shiraz, Fars Province, southern Iran and is located in Nazar Garden. The octagonal building was the place in which royal guests were hosted during the Zand dynasty of Iran.
Chahār Bāgh school, also known as Shah school, is a 17-18th century cultural complex in Isfahan.
Laleh Park, is a large recreation area of the Iranian capital Tehran.
Joui Bridge, also called the Choobi Bridge, is a bridge in Isfahan. It was built in 1665, during the Safavid era. The Joui Bridge is located between Khaju and Ferdowsi bridges. It is 147 meters long and 4 meters wide, with 21 arches.
Reza Abbasi Museum
The Reza Abbasi Museum is a museum in Tehran. It is located in Seyed Khandan. The museum is named after Reza Abbasi, one of the artists in the Safavid period.
Blue Mosque, Tabriz
The Blue Mosque is a famous historic mosque in Tabrīz. The mosque and some other public buildings were constructed in 1465 upon the order of Jahan Shah, the ruler of Kara Koyunlu.
Goharshad Mosque is a former free standing mosque in Mashhad of the Razavi Khorasan Province, which now serves as one of the prayer halls within the Imam Reza shrine complex.
Jamshidieh Park, is a park located in the neighbourhood of Niavaran at the base of Kolakchal mountain.
Lake Urmia is an endorheic salt lake in Iranian Azerbaijan, Iran and near Iran's border with Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan in Iran, and west of the southern portion of the Caspian Sea.
The Shāh Abdol Azīm Shrine, located in Rey, contains the tomb of ‘Abdul ‘Adhīm ibn ‘Abdillāh al-Hasanī. Shah Abdol Azim was a fifth generation descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī and a companion of Muhammad al-Taqī.
Tuğrul Tower is a 12th-century monument, located in the city of Rey. Tuğrul Tower is near Rashkan castle. The 20 meters tall brick tower is the tomb of Seljuk ruler Tuğrul Beg, who died in Rey in 1063.
Mellat Park, literally the Nation Park, is an urban park in Tehran. It is one of the largest recreation areas in Tehran.
Shorabil is a lake located in a hilly area south of the city of Ardabil. Ardabil University is located near the lake.
Jameh Mosque of Qazvin
Jame Mosque of Qazvin is one of the oldest mosques in Iran, and is the grand, congregational mosque of Qazvin, in Qazvin Province.
Saint Sarkis Cathedral
Saint Sarkis Cathedral is an Armenian Apostolic church in Tehran.
Sa'at Tower also known as Tabriz Municipality Palace is the city hall and main office of the municipal government of Tabriz.
Arg of Tabriz
Arg-e Ali-Shāh, is remnants of a big unfinished 14th-century mausoleum and a 19th-century military castle and barrack in city center of Tabriz.
Tomb of Hafez
Azerbaijan Museum is the major archaeological and historical museum in Tabriz, in the northwest part of Iran. It was established on April 1958. The museum consists of three major halls, a side yard, office rooms and a library.
Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini
The Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini houses the tomb of Ruhollah Khomeini and his family – his wife Khadijeh Saqafi and his second son Ahmad Khomeini – and some political figures like Hassan Habibi, Ali Sayad Shirazi, and Sadeq Tabatabaei.
Makran is a semi-desert coastal strip in Balochistan, in Pakistan and Iran, along the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Chitgar Forest Park is situated in Tehran province. It is an artificial forest and covers an area of 14.5 square kilometers west of Tehran. It lies within the borders of Tehran's district 22.
Imamzadeh Saleh, Shemiran
Imāmzādeh Sāleh is one of many Imāmzadeh mosques in Iran. The mosque is located at Tajrish Square in Tehran's northern Shemiran district.
Pardisan Park is a complex covering more than 270 hectares, located in the northwest of Tehran. It is connected to Hemmat Expressway in the north, and to Sheikh Nouri Expressway in the east.
Whether you travel alone or in a group, whether you are a woman or a man, or whether you arrive day or night time, Iran is a very safe country.
Each province, each city, each village has their own handicraft.
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