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Places to Visit in Iran : Throughout Iran is full of beautiful sights that you should definitely visit and enjoy. The PersiaPassenger website in this article introduces some of the historical places in Iran’s and most fascinating places and introduces you to the beauty of this tourist country.
Naqshe Jahan Square
Located in the center of Isfahan city, this square is the second biggest square in the world. Its total area is 160 by 560 meters. It was built by the order of Shah Abbas, the Great king of Safavid dynasty who made Isfahan the capital of the country.
The square is a great combination of royal and public places and it is still one of the most important trading centers in this city.
Naqshe Jahan square used to be a polo field in old days and there are still some remains of the field.
For both foreign and domestic visitors, visiting this square and the marvelous monuments inside it is a must.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Just in the Eastern side of the Naqshe Jahan square there stands a beautiful but small (compared to other) mosque. I dare to say that this is a masterpiece of Iranian architecture.
The mosque is named after a clergy who came from Lebanon to Iran and resided here by the order of Shah Abbas.
It has the most beautiful dome from the inside view and if you are familiar with Iranian carpet design you can simply see a similar design inside this dome. The design also reminds of a peacock tail.
Sheikh Lotfollah mosque was a private one used by the royal families. That is why it is smaller than any other mosque that you may visit in Iran.
In the Sothern side of the second big square in the world there is another marvelous mosque which can be called another masterpiece by itself.
The big size of the mosque, very tall minarets, subtle tile-works and exclusive architectural features like the entrance passage with a 45-degree angle toward Mecca and the great dome that reflects the sound 7 times, have made this mosque one of the main tourist destinations in Isfahan.
In the two sides of the mosque there are two religious schools dating back to the Safavid era. One of them is the winter school and the other is the summer school. Each one benefits from exclusive architecture that make the building suitable for the season in which they are used.
Aali Qapu Palace
This palace or pavilion is located in the Western side of the square. It was the political center of the Safavid dynasty. At first it was built in one floor and during some years the other floors were added for different purposes.
The 20-pillared terrace was built for Shah’s special guests to watch the events and ceremonies happening inside the square like the polo games, new year festivals and other national and religious events.
The last floor which was added to this palace was the music hall in the sixth floor which is the most beautiful part of the pavilion. The ceiling is double layered with some hole inside it to make the sound reflection stronger. What has made it more beautiful is the shape of the holes which are similar to Iranian musical instruments.
in a walking distance to Naqshe Jahan Square just behind the Aali Qapu palace there is a receiving palace called Chehel Sotun (40 columned). If you count the columns you will come to know that the number are 20 and the reason for naming this palace as Chehel sotun is the reflection of the columns in the pond in front of it.
When you enter the main hall palace you will see the fantastic paintings on four sides each one retelling a story about the important historical events from wars and battles to receiving ceremonies.
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Vank Cathedral and the Armenian Quarter
At the time of the Armenian genocide, Shah Abbas the great invited a group of the Armenians to Isfahan, the capital, and placed them in a special quarter. They named the area Jolfa as a remembrance to their own area in Armenia. Then they started to build their small city in the heart of Isfahan.
The architecture and appearance of this quarter is totally different from the other parts of the city because it is designed and made by Armenian architects.
There are a number of churches there. The most famous and the most beautiful one is the Vank Cathedral which is well known for its great paintings on the walls.
This quarter plus the great Vank Cathedral are one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Isfahan.
Jame Atiq Mosque
In one of the lovely and old districts in Isfahan there is a big mosque some parts of which dates back to 15 centuries ago. Built in form of four iwan mosques, this mosques benefite from marvelous tile-works and the most beautiful and subtle Mihrabs.
To very high and beautiful domes, the library that has been suffered from two historical wars and fantastic Imam chairs with subtle decorations are the other must see parts of this great mosque.
: the existence of the river Zendeh (or Zayandeh) rood in the middle of the city, provided this opportunity for the architects in old ages to show their ability in designing bridges.
The most beautiful one and the only one with tile-works is the Khaju bridge, This bridge used to be used for some occasions and ceremonies and receiving special guests of the Shah. That is why at the middle of the bridge you can see a place prepared as Shah Neshin.
The other famous one is Si O Se pol. The name of the bridge means 33 bridges and that is because of the number of lower arches.
This two bridges are now not only used as a historical attractions for the visitors but also as a shortcut for pedestrians.
Built by the order of Darius the great, one of the most effective Achaemenes Kings, it was the capital of this dynasty. So of course it is a city. The most significant archeological site of the word.
You can find the subtlest and the most attractive stone carvings on the walls and columns of this city each one representing a historical story, special custom or even legend or legendry creatures.
The most surprising thing about this marvelous city is that the first ancient water and waste water channels are built just under this city. The other surprising thing is the building of such high columns without ant lifting machines at that tame and also the tombs of the kings on the highest part of the rock just behind the city.
Naqsh-e Rustam or Persepolis is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring ancient sites of the Achaemenid Empire, consisting of the colossal tombs of Persian kings dating back to the first millennium BC. It stands as a lasting memory of a once powerful empire that ruled over a significant portion of the ancient world.
On the huge rock in which the great kings are buried and just between the tombs, magnificent stone carvings are created. In addition to the appearance beauty, each one of these carvings conveys a story about the glory and power of the Persian kings and armies in the old ages and also their superiority over many other nations.
This is not very far from the marvelous Persepolis and even if it was, it would still be worthy to visit.
Cyrus the great, the most loved Iranian King, is buried in this ancient city. He was the greatest proponents of the human rights and the first charter of the human rights was written and published by him in 538 B.C.
The tomb is close to the ancient City Pasargadae where there used to be castles, public halls, treasuries, watchtowers and big gardens.
Karim Khan Zand is the most famous King in Zandiyeh Dynasty. The one who respected the human rights and called himself the Representative of the People. He acted for the benefit of the people and built many fabulous attractions in Shiraz, the capital at his time.
Zandiyeh complex contains three important of these attractions. It includes a Bathhouse, a Traditional Bazar and a public mosque all with great design and architecture.
Today there is a great atmosphere just around this complex for relaxing and spending the free times in the weekends. And for the tourists it is a good place to hang out with the locals to feel the local life directly.
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This garden which dates back to two centuries ago in Qajar era is one of the gardens in Iran in the shape of Persian gardans. What is exclusive about this garden is the abundance sour orange trees (that is why they call it Narenjestan) beside tall palm trees.
The purpose of building this garden was to create a political center for governmental issues of Qajar dignitaries and for administrative purposes of ordinary people.
There is a great pavilion at the end of the garden with elaborated designs, tilework, plaster work, paintings and mirror works. The garden is named after the constructor Mirza Ali Mohammad Khan Qavam-ol-Molk.
If you are interested in the design of the Persian Grdens, this garden is one of the best choices among all to visit.
The pink mosque is a rainbow of small colorful glasses which are sophisticatedly placed in every doors and windows that dates back to 19th century and it is named after a Qajar ruler who ordered the construction of the mosque.
At the dawn time specially in winter the sun Shines directly to the stained glasses of the doors and the inner part of the prayer hall gets painted with colorful lights. That is why this mosque has several names as colorful mosque, rainbow mosque and pink mosque.
This mosque is one of the Iran national heritage site that attracts a lot of domestic and foreign visitors annually.
The Historical Houses
Due to its rich carpet industry there have been many carpet merchants in Kashan and many others from other cities who chose Kashan for their business purpose. Also the existence of this industry made the other industries stronger and other merchants came to this city for trading and exchanging.
The result is that there are a huge number of traditional houses that were luxurious at that time and are built based on the architectural elements of Qajar era.
The most famous and most beautiful ones are Tabatabaeiha, Boroujerdiha, Abbasian and Ameriha. Although the last one has been changed into a traditional hotel and just a small part of it is open for the visitors.
Although these house all are belonged to affluent and wealthy families, from outside view you cannot see any luxurious and elaborate sign and the walls are just made of clay and straw which was the typical way of making buildings in dessert areas at that time.
The oldest Persian Garden is the fin Garden which is located a few kilometers far from the city center in Kashan. The original part of the garden was built in Safavid Dynasty but it was reconstructed later in Qajar era about two centuries ago.
The garden contains a central pavilion, very tall cypress trees, water channels for ventilation and irrigation and also a bathhouse where the great Deputy of Nasereddin Shah, Amir Kabir was murdered.
The water which is flowing all around the garden comes from a spring coming from the mountains just behind the garden and the fountains work naturally with water pressure and declined surface of the ground without any pumping or electricity.
Those who are interested in adventurous and nature tours or excursion, Maranjab dessert which as just one-hour drive from Kashan city center can be a good choice.
In this dessert area you can see a caravanserai dating back to Safavid dynasty, a Salt Lake, sand dunes, an ostrich farm and camels.
The climate in the dessert is typical to most of the historical places in Iran. Hot and dry in summer and cold and dry in winter. The best time to visit Maranjab dessert is of course in spring and autumn. If you have Maranjab in your plan you should at least allocate half a day to this excursion.
The covered traditional Bazaars exist in almost all the Iranian Historical cities. But there are some differences that make each one unique and you cannot ignore that.
The first interesting thing about the Traditional Bazaar in Kashan is that it is still active and alive and still the most important shopping centers for the local people.
Just in the middle of the Bazaar there is a Caravanserai named Aminodolleh which is not as simple as the other caravanseris that you may see in Iran. The reason is that it is not made for ordinary people and public purposes. It is a private one who has built by the order of a wealthy man for the business purposes and to receive his special guest who were mostly merchants.
Tower of Silence
Yazd has many monuments and sites which are related to Zoroastrianism. The most attractive one to the tourists is the tower of silence which is the place where the Zoroastrians took the dead people and left them there. That is why the tower is called the tower of silence.
The main tower is a circular raised one in order to prevent the animals to eat the dead bodies but it is not covered and the birds could easily reach the corpses. The reason is that the animals take away their food but the birds eat it at the place where they find it.
In addition to the main tower there is another building made for the people who worked there and performed the burial ceremony. The reason for that is that in the past many people died because of some infectious diseases. And the those who worked there should not be in contact with other people.
This square is known as the center of social gathering and manifestations in the old days and it is a complex including a mosque, Bazaar and a ware reservoir all of which are in the national heritage list.
Because of the unique structure of the central tower of the square it is known as the symbol of Yazd. The square is named after the man who built it. He was a ruler of Teymurid dynasty who made this complex by the help and advice if his wife.
The surrounding area was used as a symmetry but later in Pahlavi dynasty it was forbidden to bury the dead people in that area and the old graves all were destructed.
One of the most splendid masterpieces of Iranian and Islamic architecture is the Jame mosque in Yazd. The tall entrance portals, unique and artistic calligraphies on the corners, the lofty minarets which can be seen from outside the city and the high ceiling with exquisite tile-works are the features that have made the mosque a unique and exclusive piece of art.
Locating in the center of the city and in the old district and also closure to the other attractions and hotels as well as the splendid architecture have made this mosque one of the inevitable historical places in Iran Yazd.
Just 30 miles from Yazd city center in the Mehriz county there is a castle which has been constructed in Sasanid dynasty between 3rd -7th centuries. This castle was a bank with safe deposit boxes to keep gold, silver, cereals and money during invasions.
The castle has two entrances one is the main door and the other is just for the guardians. The whole castle is made of simple mud bricks and the very tall walls around it increases the safety of the castle. Other features of the castle that add to its safety are the very narrow tunnels that only one man can pass through it and also the complex srtructure with many turns and twists that make it difficult for the robbers to find the way to the reservoirs.
A few kilometers far from Yazd near the city of Ardakan, there is one of the pilgrimage destinations for the pious Zoroastrians people in Yazd was the place called Chak Chak or Pire Sabz which dates back to pre-Islamic Period.
It is in fact a village in the middle of the dessert which has been noticed of in 2006. Every year between June 14th to 18th many Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other countries go there to hold a special ceremony.
The story behind this place is that Nikbanou, one of the daughters of the king Yadgerd lll, was captured by the Arab invaders and kept in the mountain of this village and the water drops that fall from the springs of the mountains are legendarily thought to be the tear of grief for her.
This is an ancient village just 70 miles far from the Yazd city center that can be every photographer’s dream to go there. The village is about 4000 years and it includes two parts. The old part is made of simple sun baked bricks and it is almost deserted and the new part in which 130 families are still living.
The name of this village, Kharanaq, means the birthplace of the sun because it is in the center of the dessert.
The largest covered traditional Bazaar is located in Tabriz, a big city in the Northwest of Iran on the slopes of Zagros mountains. This marvelous Bazaar has been listed in the UNESCO Heritage site list as the first Bazaar in the world.
The magnificent architecture, the order of shops and the plenty number of passages, Caravanserais, corridors, mosques, religious schools plus the kinds of businesses that used to run in this place, have made this Bazaar an exclusive one among all the indoor Bazaars in Iran and even in the Middle East.
Inside the grand Bazaar of Tabriz there are a number of smaller Bazaars each of which are named after the owner or the builder. They are amir bazaar, shaft bazaar, raste bazaar, Halajan bazaar, Yemini bazaar, Old bazaar, Haj Mohammad Hussein bazaar, Mushir bazaar, big woman bazaar, Safi bazaar, Amir Abolhassan bazaar, Haye Sara Rasool, Haj Mirza Ali Naghi Station, caravanserai, Sheikh Kadhim Station, Haj Zar-Ali Hall, caravanserai and Dalan Mirza Shafi, Malekh Malek.
The most famous and the biggest Caravanserai inside the Bazaar is Mozafariyeh Caravanserai. This Caravanserai is built in 1267 AH by the order of Muzaffareddin Shah and today it the most important carpet trading center in East Azarbayjan state.
The Blue mosque
Also known as Kabood mosque, this mosque was built at the time of a ruler Called Jahan Shah in 1465. The reason of naming this mosque as Blue is the beautiful dark blue color which is used in the tile works in the entrance Iwan. The calligraphies and also around Jahan Shah’s tomb.
The mosque was unfortunatelu ruined during a very strong earthquake in 1773. The only parts which survived are the entrance hall and the tomb.
Just by one hour driving Northwest from Tabriz you will reach to a very unique village that you can find nowhere else in Iran. The village is called Kandovan.
What has made this village exclusive is the cone like buildings which are still used for living. These buildings are just built by carving the rocks and some of the are in two or even three floors.
This village has extremely cold winters and mild summers.
Although the whole village is a tourist attraction, there are still many people living and working there and it has also schools for children.
The National Museum
The national museum in Tehran which was previously known as Bastan (ancient) museum includes two main parts, the first part is related to the pre-Islamic era built by the order of Reza Shah the Pahlavi king and the second part is related to the post-Islamic era and it is added to the first part in 1996 a few years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
This museum is known as the archeological museum as well which is in two floors. The oldest objects are exhibited in the upper floor so you can start your visit from that floor to follow the chronological order.
This palace is a master piece of architecture relating to Qajar era that elegantly combined the ancient Iranian architecture by Western elements. The Qajar Family came into throne in 1779 and made Tehran as their Capital. They made this palace both for living and as a political center for their government.
The features and characteristics of the palace dates back to 19th century. You can see pools and wide planted areas all around the palace. As it is said earlier it is a masterpiece of architecture and this fact made it a great source of inspiration for today’s architects and artists.
Darband and Darakeh were previously villages near Tehran. Being located in the slopes of the tall mountains has given a pure and cool air to these areas and today they are parts of Tehran city limits.
There are so many cafes and restaurants in these places and they attract many domestic and foreign tourists annually.
Iran is a historical country. The number of historical sites in the country are so huge that you can see at least one in every town or village. Each one reperesenting the special architecturel, political, cocial and even natural status of the time and placethey are built in.
The magnificent sites in Isfahan and Shiraz which are respectively Naqshe Jahan Square and Persepolis, are the most famous ones all around the world.
The traditional city appearance in Yazd, historical houses in Kashan, great citadels in Kerman, marvelous palaces in Tehran and so many other places in every corner of the country are the important sites that can be visited in at least three or four visits to Iran. The Great caravanseris and Bazaars in most of the cities are also the significant historical sites.
The historical places in Iran is not limited to the places which are constructed by the king, royal families or wealthy people. There are many villages which are built and developed according to the natural elements of the region and later they have become historically important like the red village of Abyaneh, the stair like villages of Palangan and Masuleh, the rock village of Kandovan and so on.
There are a number of significant factors for which Iran is well known all around the world. These features are the first ones with which the foreign visitors encounter when they enter the country.
Unique architecture is one of the main artistic features that has made the country exclusive. The use of different colors, engravings and calligraphies for creating the maximum beauty along with the attention to the natural element to take the most advantage of the seasonal changes and natural energies, are the magnificent factors specific to Iranian architecture.
Handicrafts are the next artistic feature for which Iran is famous. In every province, city or even village there are exclusive handicrafts special to that region. Different kinds of metal, natural fabrics, wool, wood, etc. are the main materials used in these crafts. The designs are mostly related to the natural elements mostly in symmetrical pattern.
Iran also benefits from a rich history and culture which dates back to more than 2500 years ago. Many cultural activities in the world has their origin from Iran. The most important one is the charter of human rights provided by Cyrus the great.
From the early moments that you enter the country you may feel the hospitality of the people. They smile at you, invite you for tea or even for dinner at their homes and they try to help you when get lost or ask them for help.
Iran Tourism has been affected by many political, social and economic factors in recent decades. But what is important is that Iran Tourism is growing these days. By the development of the media, Iran is now well known in western countries and lots of tourists Tourism in Iran Tour Operator annually. However, Iran Tour Packages has the potential to have much more visitors.
Iran Travel Agency is very extensive; the magnificent touristic sights and attractions can be found in every corner of the country. You can choose to hike and ski in the Alborz mountains or see the nomadic life in the Zagros mountain chain. A beach trip in the south by the Persian Gulf and or in the north by the Caspian Sea could be another choice.
But among all major Iran Tourist Attractions, they are eager to have a deep journey in the pure and rich history and culture of Iran Visa. The most central and western part of Iran is where you can find magnificent monuments that reflect the history of different eras and dynasties. You can ask us to design an itinerary for you based on your time, interest and budget or you can design and customize your favorite Trip to Iran.
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Iran Tourist Attractions is a country with numerous tourist attractions among which the historical ones are of great importance. Although Iran Tourist Attractions are not limited to the historical ones and there are many natural sites as well that you may not fine anywhere else in the world.
Here in this article we are going to categorize and introduce attractions in Iran in details. In addition, in this article it is tried to discover and explain all the notions related to historical places in Iran.
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The most important Iran Tourist Attractions are located in the central part of the country or the tourists classic route. This rout includes Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and sometimes Kerman is included as well.
The next tourist destination in Iran which is not usually in the list of the first timers is the north of Iran close to the Caspian Sea. This part of the country is a natural destination rather than a historical one.
West and Northwest of the country is another tourist destination in Iran that one can certainly claim that this part is very rich both in historical and natural sites.
Qeshm and Hormoz islands, two islands locating in the Persian Gulf and belonging to the Iran territory, are two important destinations which are usually added to the other itineraries.
The most important category for the places to visit in Iran is the cultural-historical category as Iran benefits from a 2500-year civilization. And there are unique and marvelous attractions each one representing the culture, history, architecture and artistic knowledge of the historical era in which they are built.
The historical sites may be made for religious purposes like mosques and shrines, or they may be built for political purposes like castles and palaces, or for business purposes like Bazaars.
Most of the historical attractions are concentrated in the central Iran although there are many of them in other parts as well.
Jame mosque: Spiraling above the old city, this magnificent building is adorned with a tiled entrance portal. The superb mosaics on the dome and mihrab, and the tiles above the main western entrance to the courtyard are masterworks of calligraphy, arousing sacred names in substantially complex designs.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex: The fabulous three-storey frontage of this Hosseinieh is one of the largest of such structures in Iran.
The rows of perfectly proportioned sunken alcoves are at their best and most photogenic in late afternoon, when the crimson sunlight is captured within each bay and the towering external appears to glow against the dark sky.
New two-storey arcades edge the square and lit up fountains creat an attractive center to the splendid vista at night.
Atashkadeh: This sophisticated neoclassical building which is often mentioned as the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, includes an oval shaped pool in the courtyard and a flame that is said to have been active since AD 470.
You can see the fire flame through a window from the entrance hall. The flame was taken to Ardakan in 1174, to Yazd in 1474 and to its present place in 1940.
It is precious by the Zoroastrians which is the oldest monotheistic religions in the world.
Bagh-e Dolat Abad: Once a house of Persian advisor Karim Khan Zand, this small pavilion set within Unesco-listed gardens was constructed around 1750.
The inner part of the pavilion is excellent, with sophisticated latticework and gorgeous stained-glass windows. The pavilion also assertions Iran’s haughtiest badger with over 33m tall, it was reconstructed in the 1960s.
The attractive garden, built based on the traditional way of building Persian garden like symmetrical design, is planted sour orange and pomegranates trees.
Khan-e Lari: This building which is 150 year old is one of the houses related to Qajar-era which is niclely preserved in Yazd.
The badgirs or wind towers or wind catchers, traditional doors, stained-glass windows, nice archways and alcoves distinguish it as one of the city’s greatest homes.
It is worth noting the particularly delicate plaster work, traced with designs of mirror, that decorate the iwans. The merchant who built the mansion have long gone.
Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyun: These reminiscent Zoroastrian Towers of Silence are set on two hill-tops on the southern part of Yazd.
Several buildings used for the ceremonial grounding of bodies, while the modern Zoroastrian graveyard is nearby.
An elderly man at the entrance is often on hand to pose for a photograph: he is the last remaining porter of bodies, whose responsibility it once was to transfer the dead up the steep path to their final resting place.
Yazd Water Museum: Yazd is famous for its qanats and this museum, one of the best of its kind, is devoted to the brave men who built them.
Located in a renovated mansion, the museum offers, through a great deal of photographs, exhibitions and architectural arts, a mesmerizing sign into the world of channels that have permitted life to elaborate in the desert.
Pigeon Towers: While people usually see pigeons as mere irritations, especially for city inhabitants, they were quite valuable in Iran about five centuries ago, namely for their droppings.
Some towers were built as pigeon homes, each holding as many as 14,000, where the droppings could be collected and used as soil fertilizer.
Chak Chak: Literally “drip-drip,” Chak Chak is a Zoroastrian temple which is located just outside of Yazd. The most important best city in Iran related to Zoroastrians site in Iran, many Zoroastrians visit the temple every year. Once you’ve seen the similar sites in Yazd, a visit here gives further insight into this religion.
Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square: Used as a royal polo field, Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan contains Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Majestic Bazaar. You’ll need at least two days or a longer than usual day to see it all appropriately.
Constructed at the time of Shah Abbas, this magnificent square is the second biggest square in the world which is a masterpiece of architecture in the heart of Isfahan.
At the southern side of the square there stands the great Imam mosque which by its unique architecture, tile-works, stone water bowls and announcement inscriptions is the most beautiful public mosque in the city.
The other mosque which is standing in the Eastern side of the square, is called Sheikh Loteikh Lotfollah mosque, the private mosque for the royal families which is more beautiful from the inside.
Just opposite to this mosque, Aliqapu palace is firmly standing. The political center of the Safavid era with a terrace in the second floor for the king and his special guests to watch the events happening inside the square.
Traditional Bridges: Thanks to the Zayandeh Rood river, there are a number of traditional bridges in the city of Isfahan the most important of which is the Khaju bridge and the Si-o-se pol.
The most beautiful bridge and the only one with tile-work is Khaju. It has stair-like channels to conduct the water and the central pavilion called Shahneshin,
Si-o-se pol (means 33 bridges that reflects the number of arches of the bridge) although made of single bricks, still has a marvelous appearance and it is magnificent at night with the reflection of the lights in the water.
No matter it is Si-o-seh Pol, the Khaju, or one of the other nine bridges, a romantic wander along the Esfahan’s bridges on the Zayandeh River is an obligation. The Persian poetry often recited in these locales echo through the arched spaces.
Vank Cathedral: The Holy Savior Cathedral or the Church of Saintly Sisters is broadly known as Vank Cathedral. It is an Armenian church, located in Julfa district in the heart of Isfahan.
The name “Vank” derives from Armenian word “monastery”. Because of its outstanding interior part, Vank Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Isfahan.
Chehelsotun palace: Not very far from the Naghshe Jahan square you can reach to this palace.
The palace includes an Iwan with 20 columns the reflection of which in the pool makes it 40 (chehel), a mirror hall and the main hall.
With its beautiful and thematic paintings, this palace is now a pictorial museum.
Persepolis: This wonderful place was once the capital of the first Persian Empire and the starting point of Persian civilization.
Visiting Persepolis is vital at least foe once in a lifetime. In fact, it means that you haven’t seen Iran unless you’ve walked in the same place as the ancient kings.
Nasir ol-Molk Mosque: When you are walking inside Nasir ol-Molk you may think that you are walking inside a kaleidoscope.
The Pink Mosque is the nickname that people have given to this mosque for its rosy tiles. You’ll love seeing the hidden corners of perhaps Iran’s most beautiful mosque.
Hafez Tomb: If you’re going to visit the tomb of at least one Persian poet, it must be Hafez. Wander around the garden and tomb in the evening as tourists and locals come to pay their respects and read a few lines of his poems.
You can even have your fortune read to see what the great poet forecasts for you.
Zandiyeh complex: Built by the order of Karim Khan Zand, this complex includes a Bazaar, a mosque a Bathhouse and the Citadel.
Chogha Zanbil: This site which is located in Khuzestan province is the first Iran tourism attraction site which is UNESCO listed. Simple baked bricks with inscriptions and old footprints are what can you see there.
Babak Castle: A sense of athleticism and bravery are required to reach Babak Castle. Once the clamp of a Khurramite leader who fought the Abbasid Caliphate, this citadel, delimited by deep valleys, sits at the height of 2,300–2,600 meters.
Those with a strong case of acrophobia might choose to enjoy this castle from far distances.
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System: A great work of engineering, the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, an ancient irrigation system that dates back to the 5th century BCE, is sure to leave you captivated.
Climb the hill behind it to mastermind at the sight from above before discovering the details of the appliance and the many bird species living there.
Kashan’s historical houses: Kashan is called the city of historical houses. There many of them in Kashan that can catch the eyes of every observer.
Beautiful courtyards with pomegranate and fig trees, fantastic business rooms, different parts for winter and summer and high privacy are the most important factors in these houses.
Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine: Located in Ardabil, this shrine is the tomb of Sufi mystic forerunner Sheikh Safi al-din.
Different areas such as a library, mosque, school, and mausoleum can be find in this site, and the architecture is in harmony with the principles of Sufi mysticism.
Rudkhan Castle: This military complex was firstly constructed on two mounts during the Sassanid era and reconstructed a few centuries later.
Known as the “castle of a thousand steps” because that’s how many you have to climb to get to the castle, Rudkhan Castle is worth the energy.
Bisotun and Taq-e Bostan: Bisotun and Taq-e Bostan are two historical sites located not very far from each other in Kermanshah Province.
Rocky reliefs and the statue of Hercules are mesmerizing leftovers of Bisotun, as is the primitive “hunter’s cave” said to have been settled 40,000 years ago. Rock reliefs are also under the arcade of Taq-e Bostan, the most notable image of which shows the last king of the Sassanid Empire with Ahura Mazda and Anahita.
There are many natural attractions in Iran which are mostly concentrated in the north and south of Iran exactly near the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Thick green jungles, beautiful beach and green mountains are eye catching sites which are specific to the north of the country. Beautiful islands, relaxing beaches and business ports are natural tourist attractions in the south of Iran just in the Persian Gulf shore.
Here we are going to introduce top natural Best Places to Visit in Iran.
Valley of the Stars: Qeshm benefits from a pristine nature and this island a world of wonder, but if there’s one must see attraction, it’s the Valley of the Stars.
Many sandstones make up another world rock formation, and just by imagination, you can see different animals, faces, and hands among other things.
Anzali Lagoon: Located in the port city of Bandar Anzali in the north of Iran just near the Caspian Sea, a boat ride on Anzali Lagoon is a must to bystander the houses built on columns, different bird species, and, of course, the water lotuses rising to blossom through the dark waters.
Chalus Road: Do you have traveling to the north in your Iran travel plan? I suggest you to take the wonderful Chalus Road. Vertical roads snaking down the mountains, tunnels carved in solid rock, and natural springs of water make this one of the most charming routes in Iran.
Katalekhor Cave: This cave has been discovered less than a century ago, the formations in Katalekhor Cave are said to date back to the Jurassic period. This cave is located near Zanjan, and though it is less visited than Ali Sadr Cave, the two are thought to be connected.
Hormoz Island: For this small island, Hormoz is bursting with dreamy nature and peacefulness. Shades of red, yellow, and orange color the land area, which contrasts gorgeously with the Persian Gulf’s blue water. A daydream for geology and nature fanatics, this island is also home to deer and other fauna.
Lut Desert: Iran’s first natural Iran Tourist Attractions which has been registered in UNESCO and hottest place on earth for seven years, the barren Lut Desert offers an unusual calmness. The sand ridges, known as yardangs, the shape of which has continuously changed, so if you visit the same spot at a later time, it might look completely different!
The central coastlines of Kish Island, a gem across the turquoise water of the Persian Gulf, have a special spark under the sun. The water near the coastlines is so clear, that one can see the depths of the sea and all its creatures that are unique and appealing.
These beach resorts are safe and there are no dangerous beings; so those who are interested in fishing and swimming can go for their favorite activities with no worries. Tourists can enjoy sitting in Kish sandy beaches, coral reefs glowing with colorful fishes and blue sea and sun all year long.
Entertaining services like a recreational jetty, glass-bottomed boats, motorboats, and scuba diving equipment are accessible.
Caspian Sea Coast: Caspian Sea, the largest blocked-in lake in the world, is located in north of Iran. The Caspian coast includes the three provinces of Gilan, Golestan and Mazandaran, with its thick forests and well prepared entertaining facilities as well as rice paddies grants a stunning difference to the dry inner part.
There are numerous roads from Tehran to the three northern provinces, all through astonishingly beautiful scenery, across the mountains or alongside rivers. One of the roads from Tehran to Chalus on the Caspian coast, winding north across the rocky Alborz mountains, passes the famous ski resort at Dizin.
With their humid climate in summer and mild winters, beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque beauty and closeness to the capital the three northern provinces are very common among Iranians as a holiday and weekend resort attracting crowds of guests.
Various holiday and housing complexes, private villas, entertaining facilities and holiday dot the landscape.
Chabahar is a sea-port on the resort of the Oman Sea in southeastern part of Iran. Because of the projecting position it has access to free waters, in addition to other features such as trading, commerce and navigation this part of the port has specific location. The winter can be the best time for water sports and restoration.
On the shore of the sea, particularly in the southern part of Chabahar, is a rocky area with a beautiful scenery, especially at the time of sunset. Parts of the shores of the Oman Sea is greatly valued for its entertaining areas and those regarding the safe swimming places, canoeing, water skiing and other sports of this kind.
Oman Sea contains innumerable minerals and a variety of water species. These have many positive effects on human health.
Caves and hills at a depth of 15 meters can mystify any observer. The sea in this part is unbroken and the aquatics are not frightened by the divers. Chabahar coasts provide the best optimal for water exploits such as windsurfing, diving and underwater excursions.
Bandar Abbas: It is placed on the south part of Iran private tours at a promotion of 15 meters above sea level and supervises the deliberate Strait of Hormoz. As the center of Hormozgan Province, Bandar Abbas is the largest and the best equipped port, inhabiting a strategic position.
The widespread beaches are concealed with smooth sand, purified by fairly plenty tides. The mild slope provides a harmless playground for children. The recently built hotels benefit from gardens, swimming pools and playing fields.
In summer it gets blistering hot and very humid here, but it’s enjoyable enough to visit in winter.
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The shore of this province is both sandy and rocky. The later in itself is a delightful sight worth seeing. Active water corrosion has worked on coastal mineral, neglecting the natural impresses. The sandy shores provide entertaining areas for water sports. Being adjacent to the big cities like Abadan, Bandar Abbas, and Shiraz in Iran; and neighboring countries of Persian Gulf such as Kuwait and Bahrain, Bushehr charms many tourists and visitors during winter.