The Top 4 Historical Sites to Visit in Iran

Hello, Khosh amadid be Iran – Welcome to Iran!

It’s sad that very few people want to come to visit Iran, mainly due to safety concerns. But there is no such problem here, Iran is quite safe. The government has deployed plenty of resources to safeguard the borders.

Iran has a long history, and with so many historical places, one can go deep into different periods traveling around the country. And not to forget the beautiful Persian architecture you can see everywhere from bazaars to mosques.

Also, the landscape of our country is quite diverse – from picturesque mountains to calm seas and from vast deserts to few lakes. As the water is scarce, the Iranians preserve their gardens very well and maintain them beautifully.

When talking about Iranian tourism, your visit would not be complete if you have missed these prominent historical places – i) The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, ii) Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, iii) Dome of the mosque in Hamadan and iv) the Grand Bazaar in Tehran.

Let’s have a look at them one by one:

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, IsfahanThe city of Isfahan (or Esfahan) is also nicknamed “Half the World”; and the Naqsh-e-Jahan square, at the center of the city, UNESCO marked it as a world heritage site.

Situated on the eastern side of Naqsh-e-Jahan square, this mosque is counted among the architectural masterpieces. Built during the time of Shah Abbas, it was dedicated to his father-in-law Sheikh Lotfollah, a renowned religious scholar.

The architect designed a tunnel that connected the mosque to the Ali Qapu Palace, located on the west of the square, probably, to shield the women as much as possible.

The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, Mashhad

The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, MashhadLocated in Mashhad, 1147 km north-east of Isfahan, this ninth century shrine of Imam Reza is the largest mosque in the world. This city, situated close to the border with Afghanistan, is a popular destination for religious tourism.

Dome of the mosque, Hamadan

Dome of the mosque, HamadanThis beautiful mosque is located at Ekbatan Street, near the central square of Hamadan (a city in the mid-west of Iran, 529 km from Isfahan). The mosque is rectangular and has three entrance gates. The big piece of stone in the entry corridor holds the name of the founder and the date of establishment.

Hamadan is considered one of the oldest cities in the world and is also the burial place of Avicenna (or Ibn Sina), the physician.

Grand Bazaar, Tehran

Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, locally known as Bazaar-e-Bozorg, is a historic market. Although considered old, many of the buildings have been re- constructed recently. This capital city of Iran is at a distance of 448 km towards the north of Isfahan.

It is spread up to 10 km in length, divided into sections and has multiple entrances. The main entrance is from Sabz-e-Meydan and apart from shops; the bazaar also has banks and mosques.

You can find here almost anything, at affordable prices.

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