Steeped in mystery and a treasure chest waiting to be explored Iran will not disappoint the discerning traveler. Check out our info-graphics for a taste of some of these wonders.
The “Image of the World Square” found in central Isfahan was built between 1598-1629. A UNESCO World Heritage site the square boasts buildings from the Safavid era and consists of: Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and the many attractions and bargains of Grand Isfahan Bazar.
Located 70kms from Shiraz, Persepolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy some wondrous architecture and magical surroundings in Persepolis which was honoured as the ceremonial capital during the Archaemenid Empire which lasted between (Ca.550-330BC). The remains of this dynasty city consist of great columns, carvings of mythical beasts and elaborate stairways.
Bridges of Isfahan:
The four magnificent bridges over the river Zayande will take your breath away. Beautiful and undoubtedly some of Iran’s best architecture is reflected in these bridges and their intricate arches. The oldest is the Pol-e Shahresthan (1100s) built in the Seljuk period. The longest is Si-o Seb Pol 295mts long, boasting 33 magnificent arches.
Old City of Yazd:
The city of Yadz is definitely one the world’s oldest cities. If it’s the mystery and taste of olden day Persia you crave do not give Yadz a miss. Consisting of sun dried mud brick houses, winding mazes of narrow streets and courtyards, the rooftops of these houses offer stunning views of the surrounding two deserts. This city is famous for its rooftop Badgirs, also known as ‘Towers of Silence’.
National Museum of Tehran:
The National Museum of Iran located in Tehran consists of two buildings. The Archaeological Museum opened in 1937 was designed by Andre Godard and offers medieval artifacts such as beautiful Amalash Pottery, Persian textiles, glass museum and Persian relics, while the, National Arts Museum opened in 1972 brings a fusion with its displays of post Islamic artifacts, which are a great insight to the cultural changes and traditions of Iran. The State Jewels of Iran are an attraction not to be missed.
Bisitun or ‘The Place of God’ is a multi-lingual inscription done by Darius the Great a King of the Persian Empire crowned in 522BC. Bisitun is found on Mount Behistun in the province of Kermanshah.
Literally meaning ‘basket mound’ it’s exactly what this Elamite monument located in Khuzestan looks like. Built in 1250BC by King Untash, Choga Zambil is a quiet sentinal honouring the God Inshushinak.