the beauty and history of Iran
a fascinating and beautiful country, currently opening up to tourism once
again. According to recent media reports, the U.S. is opening up its travel
links to Iran, visas are now readily available and even Prince
Charles of Britain is planning a trip in the near future - the
first in 40 years.
are several options available for luxury
Iran travel and while there are many more excellent cities and sites
to visit, below are details of three destinations of note in the historic
- Capital of Fars Province, Iran
we look at Shiraz, the capital city of Fars province and a veritable treasure
trove of Persian culture. There are several locations worth visiting on
a tour of Shiraz including its historic buildings, beautiful architecture
and lovely gardens.
a true Persian garden, the Afif Abad Gardens are a beautiful visit. The
garden and houses set around it are owned by the Ghavami family and among
the buildings are a former royal mansion, a historical weapons museum and
a beautiful Persian garden, one of the oldest of its kind in Shiraz.
of interest is the Eram Garden (Bagh-e-eram), a stunningly beautiful complex
with a vast network of gardens, a colourful palace and a system of artificial
rivers flowing throughout (pictured below).
is recommended to visit the Saadi Tomb, where the remains of one of Iran’s
greatest poets, Sa’di, are kept. The mausoleum has been a place of pilgrimage
over the years for lovers of poetry and literature. The tomb was rebuilt
back in the early 1950s and the porch, with its tall columns of pinkish
marble, is a traditional feature of Iranian architecture.
Hafez Tomb is also a recommended visit, where the remains of the greatest
master of Persian lyric poetry, who was born in Shiraz, are kept. Visitors
to the tomb can, as has been done for centuries, take the omens, or faals,
by picking out a page at random from a volume of Hafez kept for this purpose
in the tomb.
Arg of Karim Khan was formerly a prison, but is now an architectural wonder,
open for the public view. The building combines both military and residential
architecture, as it was the home of Karim Khan and originally the military
centre of the dynasty.
also offers an amazing shopping experience with the various bazaars on
offer, including the Vakil Bazaar, with its beautiful courtyards, bath
houses and ancient shops. The Vakil Bazaar is considered the best place
in Shiraz to buy traditional Persian rugs, copper handicrafts, antiques
and spices. Bazaar Vakeel is a huge and ancient bazaar which specializes
in textiles, antiques and handicrafts, fine carpets and spices and is also
well worth a visit.
out of the city, Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid) is a definite must-see destination.
The ancient city was the centre of the great Persian Empire, was a ceremonial
capital for the Achaemenians and is an amazing archaeological site.
the site was damaged in the past by various wars, Persepolis still offers
impressive ruins in an almost complete reconstruction of its original appearance.
capital of the Yazd Province, Iran
a city located in Central Iran and is the capital of the Yazd province.
The city is ancient and dates back to the Sassanian Period (224-651 AD)
and is located midway between Isfahan and Kerman, 427 miles south east
sites of interest in Yazd are within easy walking distance of each other,
although local buses and taxis are available.
interest in the historic city are the Masjid-e Jame (or Friday Mosque)
which dates back to the 14th century. The architecture of the building
is excellent and is an example of the finest Persian mosaics. Also the
minarets on the mosque are the highest in Iran.
the water reservoir of the city is a fascinating visit with its badgirs
(wind towers), pictured below.
Wind Towers CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Chris-45
around the city includes the Dowlat Abad Gardens which contains a building
with a beautiful badgir. The city contains historic neighbourhoods and
parks, perfect for relaxation, or visitors can hike up in the beautiful
mountains surrounding the city to enjoy a spectacular view over Yazd.
is rightly famous for its various beautiful handicrafts, including silks,
cashmeres and carpets. In the markets, Iran’s most popular and famous snacks
can be found, including nougat and cashews.
most of the restaurants tend to serve the traditional local food, there
are several international restaurants in Yazd, serving Arabian, Indian,
Italian and Mexican cuisine.
– Capital of Esfahan Province, Iran
is located in central Iran, south of Tehran. With its beautiful hand-painted
tiling and magnificent public square, Isfahan is considered to be among
the most beautiful cities in the world. The ancient town was the capital
of Persia from 1598 to 1722.
city is famous these days for its fine carpets and silver filigree work
and its beautiful architecture, tree-line boulevards make it one of the
highlights of a visit to Iran.
see destinations include the Naqsh-e Jahan square, which contains two mosques,
a palace and a fascinating bazaar. The square has been named a UNESCO World
the mosques to be seen in Isfahan are the Imam Mosque, a masterpiece of
Persian architecture and also UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sheikh Lotf
Allan Mosque is an architectural masterpiece of Safavid Iranian architecture
and is also considered to be one of the most beautiful in Iran.
of interest on a tour of Isfahan is the Royal Palace, dating back to the
early 17th century, the Palace of Ashraf and the Palace of Eight Paradises.
Isfahan city center is of more recent construction and now offers several
services for visitors, including a museum, a food court serving traditional
and international cuisine, an art gallery and the largest shopping mall
is so much more to see and do in fascinating and beautiful Iran. Visit
and experience the history, beauty and fascination of this ancient country.
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