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Cultural sightseeing in Iran. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Iran is incredibly rich in landmarks and places of interest. One would need to write a book to describe them all. That is why we will mention only the most famous and iconic landmarks. Tourists should take into consideration that all places of interest have quite an unusual location in the country. Towns emerged, were growing and rebuilt, but old architectural landmarks still had their original location. That is why tourists shouldn’t be surprised when they find a famous building or monument in an absolutely unexpected place.
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The Qur'an Gate or Shiraz Gate in the city of Shiraz. In the past, this gate was the entrance to the city. The shape and look of the gate are reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Why is the gate in Iran named after the Quran? There is an explanation for this fact. There is a special room at the top of the gate that stores an ancient edition of the holy book of all Muslims. There is a belief that everyone who walks through the gate gets the blessing, and the religion of that person is not important.
The Shah Cheragh Mosque in Shiraz. This mosque is the funerary monument with the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad. Initially, it was a small tomb with the ashes of the deceased brothers, but sometime after their death, Queen Tashi Khatun ordered to build a mosque on their burial site. This is how the history of one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran started. This shrine is also known as the Mirror Mosque. Why is it called that way? Its décor consists of countless pieces of mirror glass and colorful pieces of mica that form gorgeous mosaics, shine beautifully in sun rays, and reflect in numerous mirrors installed inside the mosque. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Jamkaran Mosque is a building of striking beauty that looks like it is floating in the air. Blue cupolas, tall minarets, and giant arched gates look nothing but impressive. Tourists will also find it interesting to visit the Golestan Palace. This is the heart of Iran and one of the most beautiful residences that have ever been built in this country. In the past, the palace was the property of a noble Iranian family. Nowadays, the palace hosts a library and the exhibition of a museum with many precious artifacts. By the way, the building of the palace was never reconstructed, rebuilt or redesigned.
The Behistun Inscription is a multilingual inscription that is carved on Mount Behistun. This inscription, which dates back to the 6th century BC, symbolizes the victory of the ruling government over the rebels. It is also interesting to visit the Azadi Tower. It is located in one of the largest cities in Iran – Tehran. The tower was built at the beginning of the 70s of the previous century to commemorate the anniversary of the Persian Empire formation. At the moment of building, the empire was founded 2,500 years ago. It is no less interesting to visit Imam Square in Isfahan. The landmark is located in the historic part of the city. It is added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of gorgeous buildings located at the perimeter of the square.
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The Vank Cathedral is a Christian shrine in Iran. It is located in the city of Isfahan. The cathedral belongs to the Armenian Orthodox Christian Church and was recognized as an important heritage landmark by the government of Iran. The Vank Cathedral has a unique architecture that is a fabulous mix of Muslim and Christian styles. The church looks quite ordinary and even modest outside, but its inner décor never ceases to strike numerous visitors with its beauty and sumptuousness.
The Arg-e Bam Fortress is a masterpiece of ancient Iranian architecture. This is the largest abode building in the world that is located in the city of Bam. Arg-e Bam had a beneficial location right on the Silk Road. The site features interesting buildings that date back to different epochs. A large earthquake happened in this region in 2003. It threatened to destroy the priceless landmark, but it was successfully rescued, so now numerous visitors can still see Arg-e Bam is its full glory.
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Persian Gulf Complex

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Persian Gulf Complex is in the top 10 of the biggest shopping malls in the world. The complex is located in Shiraz, Iran. Its trade area is 540 thousand square meters. The shopping mall was opened in 2012. Notwithstanding that fact that the trade area is not very big, it is the world leader in a number of shops – more than 2 500 of stores. This centre hasn't got multi-stored pavilions. Instead of them you will see tiny boutiques and shops, where you will find far more things than in usual shops.

In this mall you can find everything from the elite perfume and clothes, jewelry saloons to the shops with goods for children and souvenir stores. Also in the mall there is a five-star hotel. It has over 260 rooms, several swimming pools, a tennis court, a modern cinema and even business halls. … Read all

Ramsar Town

From the series “The Most Radioactive Zones on the Planet”
An amazing city of Ramsar is situated in Iran. The place differs much from many radioactive areas of the planet. The main feature of the local radiation lies in the fact that it is natural. Large industrial plants have never been constructed and nuclear tests have been never conducted there. However, radiation level reaches 250 mSv per year.

The reason is in radioactive elements hidden underground. They didn’t prevent the city from keeping the grandeur and beauty for hundreds of years. Today, the foundation of Ramsar economy is tourism. Travelers come here from all over the world to enjoy the unique historical buildings and ride the old cable cars. One of the main historical attractions of the city is a majestic Pahlavi palace.

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