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Iran sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

The unique culture that originates in the Persian Empire, breathtaking historic landmarks of different epochs, internationally acclaimed culinary and crafting traditions – this is what modern Iran is famous for. Tourists visit it to see famous antique attractions, purchase handmade Persian carpets, and try unique delicacies. Do you like shopping? If yes, then Iran’s bazaars with their fragrant spices and shiny jewelry simply cannot leave you indifferent. This country has everything needed for a comfortable vacation, from unique historic and natural attractions to luxury hotels and ultra-modern entertainment centers.
Sadly, Iran doesn’t have a well-developed infrastructure when it comes to activities for families with small children. Family holidays are generally …
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First people settled in the territory of modern Iran yet during the prehistoric times. First signs of organized urban settlements date back to 7,000 BC. During the prehistoric times, this region was the location of the powerful Median Kingdom. The Medes lost their power in the 6th century BC because of the Persian invasion. Even nowadays, the culture of the Persian Empire has a big influence on the culture of Iran.
The Persian culture suffered a major decline in the 7th century when the country’s army was defeated by Arabian conquerors. The Islamisation of the country started in 632. Naturally, this factor has seriously changed the country’s culture. Art and medicine were rapidly developing in the first half of the 7th century, and philosophy and literature also got an impressive boost. This period marks the start of the so-called ”The Golden Age of Islam”, and great achievements of that period impress people even nowadays. Copyright
Absolutely all tourists spend at least some time shopping when traveling. Naturally, they may need souvenirs that will remind of the vacation, gifts …
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The early Middle Ages brought another big change in the history of Iran. This time, the new cycle was connected with the invasion of Tamerlane, a great conqueror. During this period, much attention was paid to the development of science and culture. Tamerlane was passionate about marvelous architecture, so there are still some attractions in Iran that date back to that period. Despite numerous wars and revolutions, the country is still an attractive vacation destination. Modern Iran has a well-developed tourist infrastructure.
Fans of archaeology simply cannot fail to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis that were discovered relatively not long ago, at the end of the 20th century. Nowadays, the carefully restored ruins of the ancient city are a UNESCO Heritage Site. Having visited this gorgeous landmark, tourists can see restored fragments of ancient palaces and temples, cult buildings and engineering facilities, the real purpose of which is still a mystery to modern scientists.
Event tourism has become more popular in the country in recent years. Nowadays, numerous tourists visit other countries to not only enjoy excursions, …
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Endless deserts occupy the central part of Iran, so safaris to this region remain a popular entertainment. This is a rare opportunity to feel like a Bedouin and explore sandy barchans on a camel or cross large distances in an all-terrain vehicle. The desert is not only about sand – there are old Bedouin settlements, interesting natural landmarks, and animals that are used to living in such harsh conditions.
There are hundreds of cultural centers and museums in Iran. In Tehran, tourists can visit the Treasury of National Jewels. The collection of this museum features precious artifacts that once belonged to the rules of the country. Visit this museum and you will be able to admire ancient weapons and shields adorned with precious stones, see tiaras and magnificent thrones of the previous rulers of the country, as well as many other artifacts made from precious metals and stones. Some exhibits are truly breathtaking – for example, there is a giant globe that has all seas and oceans made from emeralds.
If you are fond of eco-tourism and would rather spend a day backpacking and camping in the wild than enjoying skiing or beach recreation, then you …
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If you are a connoisseur of old architecture, it is worth visiting not only the gorgeous capital of the country but also the ancient city of Isfahan. The giant Naghsh-e Jahan Square or Imam Square is the heart of the city. Its length is 560 meters, and its width is 165 meters. In the past, Isfahan was the capital of the country, so there are still many gorgeous palaces and mosques close to the main square. There is also an old bazaar in the northern part of the square. Because of this, it is easy to combine sightseeing with shopping for interesting souvenirs.
Thanks to modern airports that are built in the country, it is possible to reach Iran from virtually any country in the world. For many years, the country has been collaborating with such big air carriers as Aseman Airlines, Mahan Airlines, IranAir, and Caspian Airlines. The train is a comfortable way to move between cities. If you like comfort, a ride in modern trains by Raja Passenger Train Company will leave only pleasant memories. Budget tourists may prefer to make intercity bus rides because they are cheaper. There are more than 20 companies that offer intercity bus rides in Iran.
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Famous and uniques places in Iran from our review series

Chagai-I Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
In 1998 in Pakistan near Chagai City, was founder a huge test site. There were tested only six explosions, for which in the Koh Jimbaran Mountain was made a kilometre tunnel. The test site building has begun in 1976. This place was attractive for specialists because it had granite hillside which is suitable for testing. The area doesn't have a large population but sometimes there used to stay nomads.

All bombs that were exploded there are made with the use of uranium. Six bombs’ power was more than 40 kilotons. A tremendous defeat in the war with India became a reason to build this nuclear test side in Pakistan. Leaders of the state understood that they were much weaker than the Indian troops. In 1972 they began to work on a project of nuclear tests. In 1998 the series of tests had the … Read all

Karun-4 Dam

From the series “The Most Impressive Dams on Earth”
Several dams has placed in Iran on the Karun River. The biggest is Karun-4 Dam. This arch dam was put into service in 2010. The dam has been built for 13 years. Its high is 230 meters and width 440 meters. The main peculiarity of this dam is the location – a narrow rocky ravine. This huge concrete structure looks splendid along with the mountain walls.

This dam has an unusual bent form which was chosen according to its outstanding location. This form distributes the water force on the dam’s surface. At the same time, it strength the depth of the basis. Before the dam building, this area was thoroughly researched. All building works were safe for nature.

The main goal was to receive the permanent electrical power unit and strength of the working hydroelectric power station. More … Read all

Underground city Kariz

From the series “Unbelievable Underground Mini-Cities”
In Iran you can also find an underground town. Under Kish city has placed an underground city Kariz. Now it is a popular touristic place of this area. The system of tunnels was built approximately 2,5 thousand years ago. Originally it was used for the allocation of water. The city is amazing big, its whole area goes up to 10 000 square meters.

Several years ago, there had finished a major reconstruction. After which there begin to open shops, touristic centers and entertainment facilities. We don’t know as the exact date as its original usage of the city. Some researchers suppose that the underground’s age is over 5 000 years, its whole length is 3 000 meters. Tunnels go for 14-16 meters under the ground.

According to the modern researchers’ opinion, the underground city Kariz is … Read all
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In September 2022, the Sommerro hotel in Oslo will start operating in a carefully restored 1930s Art Deco building. This building is a true landmark of Frogner, a historic neighborhood of the Norwegian capital. A multi-million-dollar renovation carefully turned the largest preservation project in Norway into a modern hotel with 231 rooms, including 56 residences. Preferred will open five more hotels in 2022, namely, The Wall Street Hotel in New York, Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences on Singer Island (Florida, the US), TOA Hotel & Spa in Zanzibar, Pendry hotel in Washington, and Pendry Park City hotel in Utah. Read this


Sightseeing in popular cities of Iran

Starting from its inception and for many years, Mashhad was an important political, cultural, and religious center. In 818, the eighth Shia imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha died in a small village called Sanabad near the city of Tus. The great leader was poisoned and martyred here. The term “martyrium” sounds like “Mashhad” in Arabic, so this is where the name of this city came from. Later, people decided to immortalize the holy place and built a mausoleum on this site. When Tus was … Read more
Archaeological excavations proved that the earliest evidence of human activity in the region dates back to the Palaeolithic period. These excavations took place four kilometers away from modern Kashan, in the territory of Sialk. Seven thousand years ago, Tepe Sialk was a prosperous settlement of the Zayandeh River Culture. The famous Sialk ziggurat was built approximately in 3,000 BC. Archaeologists unearthed many precious artifacts in this site. These items prove that the Persian civilization … Read more
The earliest evidence of settlements in Isfahan dates back to the Palaeolithic period. Ancient artifacts discovered during the archaeological excavations prove this. During the ancient period, the city was a part of the Elamite civilization and was famous as Aspadana. At that time, it was one of the main Median cities. Later, Isfahan became an important military region and was well-known for its durable protective facilities that granted safety to the settlement. The Arabs took over the city … Read more
Historical records tell us the story of Kerman. According to these documents, Ardashir I founded this town in the 3rd century. At that time, the settlement had another name - Veh-Ardashir. Initially, this was a fortress with the main mission of protecting the region from invaders. The Abbasid dynasty established its authority over the region in the 40s of the 7th century. They quickly forced local people to adopt Islam. The Buyid dynasty changed them in the tenth century and remained the … Read more

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