• Mysterious Iran
What do we know about Iran (until 1935 as Persia)? That it is building nuclear weapons, and until recently - one of the main enemies of the Western world.
In fact, actually it is a wonderful country, deprived of European-American insincerity. In Iran, there are as many as 17 sites on the List of World Heritage by UNESCO, and 57 more - candidates on the list. In general, there is something to see.
The ancient city of Isfahan, the former Persian capital from 1598 to 1722, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the number one city for tourists in Iran. The city has a large number of monuments of Islamic architecture of XI-XIX centuries. Especially famous Imam Square and the Friday Mosque - World Heritage Site.
Now stretch along areas shopping arcades and souvenir shops, and on the square are fountains. Square surrounded by buildings Safavid era, on the south side of the square is the Shah Mosque, on the west side - Palace Cabo Ali, in the east - Sheikh Lotfollaha Mosque, and the northern part of the offer at the Grand Isfahan bazaar.
Iran - the whole mountainous country. Tens mountain ranges and ridges separated river basins and plateaus of each other. The most populated western part of the country is also the most mountainous, where the Caucasus Mountains and the Alborz.
It Demavend - an extinct stratovolcano in the Alborz mountain range, the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, is located 60 km north-east of Tehran. many Persian legends are connected with Damavand. Some of the magicians say that this mountain was concluded Bivarasb and that smoke constantly rising from its summit - the breath of the prisoner.
Bazaar of Isfahan. Real bazaar. Two kilometers of streets, connecting the old city with the new is one of the oldest and largest markets in the Middle East. Entrance to the bazaar of Isfahan is located on an area on the opposite side of the Imam of the mosque of Shah.
Shah Mosque - the largest mosque in Isfahan, located on the south side of the Imam Square. UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interior walls of the mosque are decorated with unique paintings, mosaics, ornamentation and script. The greatest interest of tourists is unique acoustics inside the mosque: wall design allows the human to hear the whisper from the opposite angle.
Palace Aly-Gapu historic palace in Isfahan, located on the west side of the Imam Square. The palace was built in the 16th century.
Mosaic Mosque Lyutfully Sheikh, which was built between 1602 and 1619 years.
Allahverdi Khan Bridge. Was officially named in honor of a prominent politician, Governor-General of Fars and trustee Province Shah Abbas I, Allahverdi Khan Bridge is also known as the crossing of thirty-three arches, and given the nickname could not be better characterize this uncommon building. Beautiful design of the bridge and its dimensions make properly assess the power of the Abbasid state, managed to take such a large-scale construction in the early XVII century. The bridge is not only sturdy, long and reliable, it is also very beautiful.
In the 17th century in Isfahan was about 3000 magnificent towers built for domestic pigeons. Today, they have about 300, and they continue to rise in the countryside around the city.
Persepolis (lit. City of Persians.) - the ancient Persian city, which arose in the VI-V centuries. BC. e., the capital of the vast empire of the Achaemenids. Captured by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. e., was destroyed by fire. In Persepolis, the ruins of many buildings of the ancient period, the most famous Apadana Palace with ceremonial hall with 72 columns.
Tehran lacks the beautiful architecture of Isfahan and Persepolis stories, but there are many restaurants, cafes, museums and art galleries, and its location at the foot of Mount Elbrus allows you to go to the fantastic walking trails.
Milad Tower - the tallest building in Iran and 6th highest tower in the world. The tower is located in the city of Tehran. The height of the tower from the bottom to the end of the antenna spire - 435 meters. "Head" of the tower is a large capsule with 12 floors, the roof of which is located at an altitude of 315 meters.
Golestan - Palace in Tehran Museum. "Golestan" literally means "Palace of Roses", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Iranian ski center Darbandsar (Darbandsar) rises above the clouds at an altitude of 3150 meters and offers excellent conditions for skiing, skiers both local and foreign tourists.
Zagros - the largest mountain system of modern Iran. The mountain range runs parallel to the flow of the Tigris and the Persian Gulf, from which they are removed by 50-100 km. The highest peak of up to 4548 m (Zardkuh). It is located near the city of Isfahan.
Yazd - one of the most ancient cities of Iran. Built mainly of clay is in the home city oasis and exists from Millennium III BC. e. It is located about 250 kilometers east of Isfahan. In the city there are many monuments and cultural relics of ancient times.
Complex Amir Cakmak - the card of the city, a monument to the time of the Safavid dynasty. It is a facade of a mosque, decorated with lots of arches.
Vank Cathedral also known as Vanksky Cathedral - the main temple of the Armenian Church in Iran. Located in the city of Isfahan. The temple walls are richly decorated with polychrome painting (murals), gilded carvings and artistic tiles. The central dome is painted gold and blue paint on it depicts the biblical story of Creation and the expulsion of man from Paradise.
Tired of churches? You can ride on a luxury train "The Danube Express". 7000 kilometers from Budapest in Iran, the Balkans, Eastern Turkey and the Bosporus. The trip "Treasures of Persia" is designed for 15 days: during her after Istanbul and Cappadocia Express sent to Tehran through Isfahan and Shiraz (Danube Express "Golden Eagle" - the first passenger train in history, who was allowed to enter the territory of Iran).
Bazaar of Tabriz - the old covered bazaar in Tabriz, declared in 2010 a World Heritage site. The largest indoor market in the world.
Tabriz centuries stood on the Great Silk Road, a trade route from this expenditure in the three sides - North, West and South. Favorable trading position makes the city an important regional hub and a crossroads of many cultures. This strategic position has led to the formation of Tabriz in the now world famous Bazaar of Tabriz. As a result of constant development, it has become a huge complex, spread out in more than 1 million square meters and having a length of almost 4 kilometers.
Mosque Nasir ol-Molk in Iran, built by an aristocrat of Shiraz Nasir-ol-Malcom, have subsequently become the second name - "Rose Mosque" or pink mosque. Outside Mosque Nasir ol-Molk is no different from other mosques in Iran. The main feature is the interior walls decorated with pieces of colored glass and a variety of mosaics. And when through the stained-glass windows in the mosque of the sun's rays make their way, the space is filled with a variety of colors and shades to create her unique image.
Qavam House. Amazing place and beautiful museum. Garden of the 19th century in Shiraz. This is the traditional home of the Persian nobility, but we can safely call it the mirror palace.
The city of Qom, the holy city of the Shiites. Located on a river, 150 km south of Tehran.
Meymand - an ancient village in the province of Kerman. 600 people still live here in 350 hand-dug stone houses.
Kandovan Village, located between the city of Tabriz and Osku in Iran. It is known for its dwellings carved into the rock. The age of some of these cliff dwellings has up to 700 years, while they are still inhabited.
The Mausoleum of Cyrus. Located in the ancient Persian city Pasargadae, the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The Persian king Cyrus the Great began in 546 BC. e. the construction of his capital, but he died when the building is not yet completed. The city became the capital. Later, Darius I built Persepolis and moved the capital there.
Dizin - the largest ski resort in Iran and one of the highest ski resorts in the world. It founded in 1969. Lifts start at 2650 meters and the maximum height to which you can climb to the second stage - 3600 meters.
of Bam, but Baikal-Amur Mainline. It is a city in the southeast of Iran's Kerman Province. December 26, 2003 experienced the Bam devastating earthquake (6, 6 points) that has cost the lives of over 26,000 residents and destroyed much of the earthen structures of the historic city. Iran's government has implemented rehabilitation program city.
Laguna Henzel in the Caspian Sea. Warm and humid weather can be grown in this area crops such as tea and rice, which require large amounts of water. Particularly favored this drain water from Elburz mountains. And it is an ideal place for bird watching.
The port city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran on the Persian Gulf. It is the capital of Hormozgan province.
Abyaneh is one of the oldest villages in Iran. Located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level in the province of Isfahan. The walls here are made of clay bricks, which contain a lot of iron oxides, giving it a reddish color.