best cinemas in Iran

Best cinemas in Iran

How well are you familiar with Iran’s film industry? Well, Iranian cinema is highly popular in Iran and many Iranians spend their weekends watching a movie at the cinema. During the past 150 years, from the early 20th century, that cinema has appeared in Iran, it has experienced many ups and downs. Despite being called a developing country, Iranian cinema has gradually developed and bloomed in recent years. Today, some of these have found their way to international film events such as Oscar, so, going to a movie in Iran does not sound weird if you would like to try. In this article we will introduce the best cinemas in Iran, the first three ones are located in Tehran and the other ones in Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

Kourosh Cineplex

This luxury Cineplex lies in the top four floors of the Kourosh Complex and is the largest and most modern Cineplex in Iran. There are 14 halls, named after famous old Iranian cinemas creating a kind of nostalgic feeling. Not only Iranian movies but also foreign ones are screened in this Cineplex. You can either buy your ticket online or on the first floor of the building.
Kourosh complex is located in Sattari Expy, Payambar St, Tehran, Iran.

Cinemas in Iran

Best cinemas in Iran: Kourosh Cineplex is the largest and the most modern Cineplex in Iran.

Mellat Cineplex and Gallery

Located in the south-east side of Mellat Park, this Cineplex also offers a large and modern place to enjoy your day. There are four movie halls in this Cineplex each occupying 300 persons, a performance hall, an exhibition area, restaurants, coffee-shop, and some service areas. Apart from watching a movie, you could take time to go for a stroll in one of the most impressive parks in Tehran. The park is especially recommended during fall and spring for taking amazing photos, however, it also provides an opportunity to escape the hot weather during summer.
It is located in Hashemi Rafsanjani high-way, District 3, Tehran, Iran.

cinemas in Iran - Melat Cineplex

Best cinemas in Iran: Mellat Cineplex located on the beautiful Mellat Park in Tehran

Charsou Cineplex

Located in the downtown of Tehran, Charsou is not only a wonderful place but also a modern media mall that was opened in 2014. Charsou Cinema Cineplex is a famous place offering a pleasant atmosphere for movie, and high tech lovers. It has five movie halls, all of them equipped with the most modern audiovisual facilities of the digital cinemas. The Cineplex also offers a special place for playing live music and holding galleries.
It is located in District 12 Southeast of the intersection of the Islamic Republic Street and Hafez Bazar Charsu, Tehran, Iran.

Sahel Cinema

Sahel is one of the oldest cinemas in Isfahan that went under restoration after the revolution of 1979. There are nine halls with a capacity of 1000 people. The second floor offers a small outdoor cinema cafe with a capacity of 60 people, the balcony overlooks the fascinating view of Si-o-Se-pol bridge. If you would like to try watching a movie on a balcony, then you are welcomed.
It is located on the Second floor, Sahel Cinema, Enghelab Square, Isfahan, Iran.

Golestan Cineplex

If you are in Shiraz and have a call for watching a movie in an Iranian cinema, then Golestan is a good option. Having been opened in 2017, Golestan Cineplex belongs to the private sector and is considered a luxurious and modern cinema in this city. It has three movie halls, all of them equipped with comfortable seats, a digital film system, and Dolby audio system. There are also coffee shops and restaurants around to walk and spend your time; the last floor offers a cozy place for reading books.
It is located in Alef Building, Moali Abad St, Shiraz, Iran.

Setare Baran Cineplex

Setare Baran is a large and modern mall in Tabriz with four halls with a capacity of 400 people on the third and fourth floors. The halls are all equipped with comfortable seats, a digital film system, and Dolby audio system. The Cineplex offers a cozy atmosphere with restaurants, coffee shops, and book-store where you can spend an enjoyable time. European films are also sometimes screened in this Cineplex in Tabriz.
It is located on the third floor, Setare Baran Shopping Center, East Azarbaijan Province, Tabriz, Iran.

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Taxi booking apps in Iran

Taxis are arguably the easiest way to get around Iran, especially on arrival. Although the standard taxi usually seen as yellow and green Peugeots, are available all over Iran, Online taxi services are the best choice. An undeniable fact about regular taxis is their tendency to overcharge foreigners but online ones are clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and incredibly affordable. But they can also be a little confusing, Here’s what you need to know before your trip to Iran.

Snapp Taxi

Snapp, as the first transportation network company working since 2014, is an affordable taxi-hailing app that connects drivers with riders. They have different types of rides, customized according to client preferences, including the regular taxi, women-only services, bike delivery, food ordering, and delivery services, pickup truck. Today, this system is the largest online transportation service in the country with services in more than 140 cities, from all 31 provinces of Iran, available 24/7.

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Snapp taxi logo

How does it work?

Don’t worry about working with it, not only the Snapp application is totally user-friendly but it also supports English and French languages.  All you need to do is to install the application from the Snapp website and enter a valid telephone number of Iranian Simcard operators. Then you mark your departure and destination location on the map. Clicking on Snapp eco will send your request to most affordable drivers, while the Snapp plus button searches the more classy and modern cars for you. You can pay for your ride by cash or by credit card information, online.

Tap30 Taxi

Tap30 application (pronounced Tapsi) is a one-of-a-kind service provider. Tapsi is a smart taxi request system that connects you to ambassadors (drivers) via mobile app, web version and corporate panel. You can also request a car by calling 1630. At any time of the day, it is possible to experience a quality, safe and affordable trip, even on routes within the traffic plan, with Tapsi. This online taxi has three separate services, which are classic service (request for all cars), taxi request service (yellow or green) and Tapsi Line service (travel subscription). You can choose your desired service before requesting a trip. At the end of the trip, by giving points to the driver, express your satisfaction with the trip and help the Tapsi team to improve service delivery.

Tap30 taxi logo

Some Tap30 features

Security Package: With Tapsi Security Package, you can share your driver’s information and travel route with those around you during the trip, use the emergency call button with the security unit if needed, and be sure that if the driver follows the route provided for Your trip will take a significant distance, the Tapsi security team will be notified and will take the necessary action. Smart features: With these features, the Tapsi app offers special suggestions such as useful gifts for your requests, depending on your previous travels. Customer Club titled “Tapsi Ship” to offers a variety of prizes and discounts from various businesses for Tapsi users.

Accessibility

Tapsi is fully accessible to blind people and also provides arrangements for deaf people and people with disabilities.
The following steps help you to book a taxi in a few minutes:
1. Determine your departure point and destination on the map.
2. Request a trip.
3. Get acquainted with the information of the ambassador (driver) and contact him if you wish.
4. Specify your payment type. (Cash or credit)
5. Experience a comfortable trip with Tapsi.
6. At the end of the trip to the ambassador, give points from 0 to 10. The score of less than 8 indicates your dissatisfaction with your ambassador.
During the trip, you can use the stop-to-route or second destination options.

Kish: The Island of fantasies

The famous and unique scenery of sunset and sunrise behind the sea, its reflection on the Persian Gulf along with an ancient ship silhouette can only be seen on Kish Island. Various kinds of birds will be welcoming you to be dolphins’ guests for a couple of hours and enjoy your way back through a tunnel of colorful fish land. Discovering colorful fish under the sea while diving deep down of Persian Gulf or flying above it can be an exciting experience in Kish Island. The best thing about Kish Island is the fact that it’s a free economic island and you won’t need any visa to gain for traveling here!

The Ancient City of Harireh

As it is obvious by the name of this historical landscape, this old town is more than 800 years old. Old rooms and equipment can be found which were used by people who once used to live here. You can see how locals used materials to make an inhabitant for themselves. Enjoy the simplicity and splendid architecture of the city that was once popular and full of life with a great view of the sea. If you are interested in history and old architecture visit this ancient city in the heart of a modern island.
Right across the street, you can find the Green Tree Complex which an old tree with over 500 years old age exists. Green Tree is the oldest tree on Kish Island. If you walk down the stairs you will face a gigantic tree which its complex look will amaze you. The old Lur tree growth situation is different from all kinds of trees. Its branches grow down and turn into roots and grow up again from the soil beneath. Locals believe if you visit the tree and make a wish, your wish will be granted soon. If you are traveling to Kish Island in Spring, you can sit and relax in the environment full of pink blossoms and flowers and experience another memorable day in Kish Island.
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Kish Island, Harireh ancient city

The ancient city of Harireh: An old city to visit in the heart of a modern island.

Kish Dolphin Park

Your journey to the first Dolphinarium in Iran will start with a bird park. A huge area full of various kinds of birds freely flying or walking around. Birds like eagles, pelicans, flamingos, peacocks, toucans, and ostriches. If you are looking for something exciting to do, you can take a picture with the trained hawk right on your shoulder. The second section is dedicated to reptiles, such as crocodiles, snakes, and lizards that are lying motionless after they’re fed so then you can visit them. You can also have a photograph with a huge python if you are brave enough! After the reptile section, there will be a circus performance with acrobatics. There will be also a bird show with colorful parrots or other different kinds of birds. The dolphin show will be the last part. You can watch the dolphins play, swim and jump around and even create colorful paintings. If you have children with you, you can let them swim with these intelligent creatures and leave a happy memory for your children in Kish Island. On the way back you can enjoy walking in a small aquarium with rare and colorful fish, turtles and sharks of Persian Gulf.

Opening hours: 2:30 – 10 pm

Kish Island, Iran

Leave a happy memory for your children yourself with these intelligent and lovely creatures in Kish Island.

Kish Diving Center

A must activity to do in Kish Island is scuba diving deep down of Persian Gulf. First, you will have a quick lesson and the necessary equipment will be given to you. When everyone is ready you will be taken to the diving site by motorboats. You will dive with the professionals around you. Special cameras are prepared for you to take pictures underwater. By watching the colorful fish and corals all around you, you don’t want to get out of water. If you haven’t experienced a fly board yet, you can give it a try on Kish Island. It might be hard at first but when you learn how to keep your balance, you can enjoy your view of the sea beneath your feet. If you are interested, you can also parachute over the sea with your friends or family to leave an exciting memory on Kish Island.

Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm

Kish Island

A must activity to do in Kish Island is scuba diving deep down of Persian Gulf.

Greek Ship

Khoula F, the Greek ship, is located in the western part of Kish Island which also is in the most beautiful beach among all the beaches of the island. The big old Greek ship is floating in shallow seabed close to the beach, carrying mysteries and histories while drowning them with itself slowly. This historical destruction of Greek Ship has been left in the Persian Gulf since 1966; a burnt ship that looks amazing in the blue Persian Gulf, is now a symbol of Kish Island. Needless to say, this is the most photogenic spot that can be found in Kish island but for taking pictures of sunset along with the ship, you need to make sure you’re on time.

Kish Island, Iran

The big old Greek ship is floating in shallow seabed close to the beach, carrying lots of mysteries.

Visiting Khoula F Ship at sunset will give you a magic view so don’t forget to bring your camera with you for amazing photography opportunities. The water is gorgeously blue and the sand is clean and soft. A great chance to sit and relax and enjoy your time in front of the never-ending Persian Gulf. Rent camels or horses to ride along the beach, or cycle around the island if you want. Your visit to Kish Island is incomplete without visiting the aground Greek Ship.

Rent a car or hire a taxi to the Greek Ship from anywhere on the island, you will arrive there less than half an hour.

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A complete guide to travel to west of Iran

Unlike the classic route of central Iran which tends to cross deserts, western Iran, including the Zagros area and Khuzestan plain is so rich naturally and because of this excellence has been always populated during history. Which gives the second priority to the region: historically and culturally rich.

Khuzestan

The name of Khuzestan might remind of the Iran-Iraq war, but the history of civilization in Khuzestan dates back to more than 7000 years, to the Elamite period. The historical sights aside, the tropical nature of this region has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Choghazanbil, The Elamite Ziggurat

Choghazanbil ziggurat known as the Elamite religious center in Shush is the largest ziggurat outside of Mesopotamia and the best preserved of this type of stepped pyramidal monument from 1275-1240 BCE. The word “Chogha Zanbil” in the local language means “large basket-shaped hill.” This well-constructed monument is a dedicate from Untash Gal, the Elamite King to their gods Inshushinak and Naapirisha. The monument was built on five floors, with a height of around 50 meters at the time. The first glazed brick of the world in gold and turquoise was used in the decoration of the outside walls, on which the king personally left a message for you: “I Untash Gal, carved the golden bricks and set up home for the gods and I have dedicated this sacred place. May my work which is a gift to the Gods Gal and Inshushinak be accepted.”

Choghazanbil ziggurat

Choghazanbil ziggurat, the Elamite religious center in Shush and the largest ziggurat outside of Mesopotamia.

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System

Intelligently constructed hydraulic systems of Shushtar including water mills, dams, tunnels were used for optimal use of water in ancient times. This aquatic structure which is considered one of the unique works of the Achaemenid period gives good information and statistics from ancient Iran. The first of the Shushtar aqueduct was built by Cyrus the Great in current Khuzestan. The Achaemenid era can be considered the culmination of Iranian civilization, art, and science. They built this industrial and aquatic structure with very precise engineering to overcome the power of nature. It was repeatedly rebuilt during the Sassanid, Seljuk, Qajar, and even Pahlavi periods. But a massive flood eventually destroyed the huge part of the structure in 1963. One of the most important architectural uses of Shushtar water structures was the diversion of Karun water to the other side. This was done in a fine manner and the floor of the creek was well sealed so that its bed would not be destroyed over time. The water would then have to collect behind a high barrier and eventually pass through the holes created on the rock and the Achaemenid plaster.

Shushtar hydraulic system

This aquatic structure which is considered one of the unique works of the Achaemenid period

The ritual ceremony of Mandaean in July

Not all Khuzestan citizens are Arab or Shiit. At the edge of Karoon river, lives the ethnoreligious group called “Sabin” and also “Mandaean” who are adherents of John the Baptist. The public beliefs of Mandaean consider the natural fluid water as the sacred element which is a symbol of purity and cleaning impurities and guilt, that’s why Mandaeans say their prayers in sunrise and sunset beside Karoon river. Every year on 19 July Mandaean celebrates their new year’s eve which is their sacred day since it is considered as the nativity of Adam. On the mentioned day Sabein wears The white ceremonial robes and performs their baptism rite by immersing themselves in the river. It worth always participating in ritual ceremonies.

Mandaeans

Mandaeans believe that fluid water is a symbol of purity and cleans impurities and guilt.

Apadana, the Palace of Darius in Susa

The palace was built by the order of Darius the Great, the Achaemenid king, in about 515-521 BC in Susa on the remained parts of Elamite artifacts. The walls of the palace are made of clay and its columns are made of stone. If we drive 40 km from Andimeshk on a lush and beautiful road, we will reach the city of Shush, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. Archaeological excavations show that the area was inhabited by farmers 9000 BC. In 5,000 BC, people lived in the castle, and since 4,000 years ago, it has been the first place on earth to create urban life. As a noticeable point in the excavations of Apadana Palace, we can mention the discovery of an inscription related to the reign of Darius, which is written an inscription from the words of Darius describes the process of construction of Apadana Palace.

Apadana, the Palace of Darius in Susa

Apadana, the Palace of Darius in Susa

Ritual Arabic coffee drinking in Mozif

The literal meaning of “Mozif” is “the place of celebration”. As the guests are highly respected and sacred in Arabic culture, our Arab compatriots in Khuzestan build up some arched shaped rooms made of straw to host people for coffee drinking ceremonies. There are no doors in the entrance of Mozifs which means everyone is welcome. The coffee making and serving have a particular formality. For instance, when coffee is poured, the guest should drink it instantly without putting it down to show his respect and shaking the cup means that the guest wants no more coffee. but that’s not all, there is a lot to learn before going to Mozif.

mozif

There are no doors in the entrance of Mozifs which means everyone is welcome.

Dehdez, The tropical paradise

If you felt like “Enough for history” in your Khuzestan trip, just take your backpack and go for a cool adventure in Dehdez riverside strict. Zeras is among the most amazing villages in Dehdez which is called “lost paradise”. Tucked between the green mountain ranges, the blue lake of Zeras offers a landscape like “get away from it all”. Surrounded by palm trees and green hills, just don’t sit on the sidelines watching people have fun. There a lot to do in Zeras: you can fish, hike, swim jet around the Lake, ride the boat, and use the water complex.  You’ve got 2 choices for setting your camp, on the green hills if the day wasn’t too hot and the humidity doesn’t bother or getting back to the village and pick your own picturesque view. Zeras would be the best to travel in the first half-year period, especially from April to June.

Zeras

Tucked between the green mountain ranges, the blue lake of Zeras offers a great landscape.

The cuisine of Khuzistan

The Arabic coffee of Khuzestan aside, the other must-taste of the region is “Ghaliyeh Mahi” which is a delicious spicy chopped fish baked in vegetables.

Lorestan

Falakolaflak castle

Atop an ancient hill in Khoramabad is located Falakolaflak castle, known as the engineering and architectural masterpiece and which is registered in the list of Iran’s National Heritage. Although the original date of construction of the castle is yet unknown it’s been speculated that Shapur Sassanid is the founder. This hexagonal building was used as military fortress, treasury, and prison for centuries after the Sassanid area up to the Qajar period. When Alexander invaded Iran, the rulers of the time decided to hide valuable gold and silver objects in them and thus protect them from Alexander. Two thousand years later, antiques were accidentally found by thieves and are now preserved in the Anthropological Museum of the castle. The visiting hour change in different seasons but it is almost possible every day from 9:00 to 17:00.

Falakolaflak castle

Falakolaflak castle, known as the engineering and architectural Sassanid masterpiece.

Azna snow tunnel

My highest recommendation for adventurers during spring and summer would definitely be the Azna snow tunnel. The Lorestan province has snowy winters, the accumulation of tons of snow in Oshtoran Kooh over many years, has formed this spectacular natural wonder in Azna area. Huge masses of snow accumulate in the winter and as the weather warms up in the spring and summer, the snow masse starts to melt slightly which makes a hole in it and forms the snow tunnel. Azna valley gives the chance to experience strolling through an 800 meters snow tunnel while the melting drops whisper and the froze strokes the face skin.

Khazineh valley

“Darreh Khazineh” or “Khazineh Valley” is located near the namesake village in Lorestan Province in the southwest of Iran. Although it gets a little chilly in fall and winter, summers are gloriously temperate affairs in Lorestan. So many people claim that Khazineh valley and Grand canyons could be twins in another world, well who knows! The spectacular stone forms, shaped by erosion in this valley enchants every visitor. Then check your camera twice before leaving for Lorestan!

Khazineh valley

Khazineh valley is called the Iranian twin of Grand Canyon.

Kurdistan 

The Kurdistan region in Iran embrasses three provinces: Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Ilam, the majority of people in these provinces are Kurdish and culturally so close, here are the most remarkable sights to visit in the great region of Kurdistan :

Tagh_E Bostan

“ Tagh_E Bostan” or “The Arch of the Garden” is a collection of inscriptions and rock paintings from the Sassanid period, which is located in five kilometers northwest of Kermanshah. These inscriptions picturing the coronations of several Sassanid kings such as Khosrow Parviz, Ardashir II, Shahpur II, and Shahpur III, remained almost 1800 years. Being located on the path of silk road and the and the agreeable climate and nature made Tagh_E Bostan region very populated and persuaded the kings to make carve their inscription there, why don’t we call it the royal billboard then?

a collection of inscriptions and rock paintings

Houramanat

Located in the green mountains of Kurdistan, this hilltop village, is famous for its stunning nature as well as ritualistic music, dance, and ceremonies. The greatest event which takes place in Howramanat is the wedding of “Pir Shalyar”. This musical festival is held twice a year in mid-spring and mid-winter, for 950 years, in honor of a wise old man, called “Pir Shalyar”.The legends say that the King of Bukhara had a deaf-mute daughter.  The more he sought the cure for her, the less he found it.  The king decided to send the princess “Shah Bahar Khatoon” to Kurdistan, to find the cure. When she arrived in Howraman, Pir Shalyar healed her with his special powers and married her. the midwinter festival is the anniversary of their marriage. Which takes place by a group of Dervishes, playing rhythmic music, singing religious chants, and doing ritualistic dances.

PirShaliyar festiva

PirShaliyar festival is held with playing rhythmic music, singing religious chants, and doing ritualistic dances.

7 Best documentaries to watch before travelling to Iran

Keen to learn a little more about Iran before you visit? Thankfully, a bunch of insightful documentaries has been made about this little-known great country, covering everything from politics, to history, and gastronomy on the run. we’ve compiled a list of great documentaries for those who are interested in the real Iranian lifestyle.

The taste of Iran

The former head of BBC Persian, Sadegh Saba has made a visual journey around Iran, named “A taste of Iran” which starts from his hometown Rasht and ends to the Persian Gulf during 4 episodes. These very informative and useful documentaries are highly recommended to discover the reality of Iran and the Iranian lifestyle before your travel. The documentary presents the culture, ethnicity, history, music, and beauties of nature and people of different cities from north to south of Iran, including Rasht, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, and Hormoz Island. Saba explains his purpose in an interview: “I felt that the image of the Iranian people around the world was distorted and no trace of their rich culture and civilization could be seen in the midst of western television images of centrifuges and missiles. I decided to present a picture of Iranian cultural, ethnic, music and food diversity to a global audience.”

Persian carpet collection

The Persian carpet is the title of a collection including 15 masterpieces of best Iranian directors, proceeding different aspects of carpet weaving in Iran, among which exist a 32-min documentary of Abbas Kiarostami, the famous director in Iranian New Wave cinema. From animated to fantasy and surreal, realistic dramas to the comedies, all and all exist in this collection to present truly the Iranian carpet’s position in the Iranian lifestyle.

persisian carpet

Persian carpet collection

Iran documentary series

The almost new masterpiece of Hamid Mojtahedi and Farhad Tohidi is different from other tourism and historical documentaries shown in the past in the method of filming, directing and camera view for documentaries. Iran documentary series, with 11 seasons including 4 episodes each, is the longest and the most general documentary about Iran and presents not only historical and cultural aspects of big touristic cities but also smaller towns such as Hamedan and Ghazvin. Producing this collection has started in2004 and continues until now.

Grass, a nation’s battle for life

Produced in 1925, “The grass” documentary is the recorded story of Merian Cooper, following Bakhtiyari nomads in hillsides of Zagros mountains shows the big endless search of fresh grass for the herds. Merian Cooper traveled with Bakhtiari people for forty-six days to make this seventy-min silent film about the Haidar Khan family. Although the movie has been admired in both Iran and Hollywood at the time and is still the best documentary about Iranian nomads, watching a black and white silent movie might not be enjoyable for some people.

“The grass” documentary

Alone through Iran

The “alone through Iran” or ” 1144miles of trust” is the story of a Swedish woman, named Kristina Paltén who starts an alone running trip in Iran, in 2015. Kristina chose Iran as a destination Iran running project has not been only the Sportif challenge for Kristina, but also personal combat against Islamophobia and Iranophobia which is extended to the western world by mass media negative advertising. Explains Kristina herself before the trip: “Today I feel like “Muslim” has become synonymous with “terrorist” or “fundamentalist”. There are around 1,5 billion Muslims around the world today, and I’m guessing most of them are really nice. With this run, I want to question my own prejudices, learn more about a culture I know little about and meet a lot of people. I hope my run will contribute to more openness, trust, and tolerance both within myself but also in the world, says Kristina.” Christina’s trip to Iran lasted a total of fifty-eight days, the filmmaker accompanying her for eight days and the rest of it was solo travel.

Alone through Iran

“Today I feel like “Muslim” has become synonymous with “terrorist” or “fundamentalist”

The crossroad of civilization

The crossroad of civilization actually takes you on a journey of three thousand years in Iranian history. This seven-part documentary series produced less than 40 years ago by David Frost, which is been very less seen for some reason, provides the audience with an accurate picture of the Persian Empire. This documentary reconstructs historical events with the help of several archaeologists. From Cyrus to Alexander, from Ardashir to the Arab invasion, from the destruction of the Mongols to half the world, from the discovery of black gold to the modernity of Reza Shah. I warn you that after watching this documentary you might not have lots of questions to ask your leader in Iran as much as you paid for!

crossroad of civilization

A seven-part documentary series

The lover’s wind

The lover’s wind or “Bad_E Saba” in Persian is a French-language documentary depicting Iran from the sky with helicopters. The music of the film is the traditional works of Iranian musicians Hossein Dehlavi and Abolhassan Saba. The film was commissioned by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Art which presents Iran’s history, art, and cultures. It should be mentioned that Albert Lamorisse, the filmmaker Lost his life in a helicopter crash during filming near the Karaj Dam around Tehran due to a technical malfunction. But his son and his widowed wife completed his unfinished project. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Documentary. About 85 percent of the film was filmed on a helicopter.

The most unusual foods in Iran you should not miss

Enjoying local food has always been the best part of any traveler’s trips. Every country offers its own cuisine which is normally influenced by many factors such as geographical location, climatic condition, and culture. Traveling to Iran, an ancient vast land with a diverse climate in every corner of the country, you will find various delicious foods, some may sound strange to you at first but they totally worth to be tried. Stay with us here in this article to know some of the most unusual foods in Iran.

Kale Pache

Strolling in the streets of Iran early in the morning, you will see Iranians go to special restaurants for a special Persian breakfast. Kale pache is honestly considered among the most unusual Iranian foods, however, we recommend you not to miss at least trying a bit of this energetic Iranian breakfast!

Kale pache means the head and hooves of sheep (including the coveted eyes, tongue, and brain) served with sour lemon beside it.

Do not worry! The heads and hooves have been completely cleaned and are cooked with cinnamon and some herbal leaves for more flavor and a pleasant aroma. This thick soup is served mostly in restaurants since cooking it is a totally time-consuming process (it takes at least 8 hours to be prepared).

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unusual foods in Iran: Kale pache

Haleem

Halim is Asian food, however, it is cooked differently in various parts of Asia. The Iranian version is prepared with Wheat and meat (either lamb or turkey). The highlight of Iranian Haleem is the long time it takes to be prepared to let the meat get as tender as possible, and let you make the most of it. Haleem is often served as breakfast in Iran, a nutritious breakfast keeping you full all day! And is usually served with some butter, cinnamon powder and sugar on it.

The long hours this food demands to be prepared, has caused it to be available more in restaurants than homes. However, there are Iranian ladies who cook this appetizing Iranian food at home.

unusual foods in Iran - Haleem

The Iranian version of Haleem, served as an energetic breakfast.

Ab Doogh Khiar

Persian cuisine is not only delicious but also therapeutic! Ab Doogh khiar is among the most unusual Iranian foods that help you survive in hot summer days! It used to be specially served in cities in the central part of Iran which are surrounded by deserts; however, it became popular all around the country later. Doogh is a kind of traditional Iranian drink made of sour yogurt, and khiar is actually cucumber, a mixture of these two with some dried mint, some walnuts and raisins make a simple yet tasty combination which is served by special kind of local bread.

If you have a call to travel to Iran during the summer, you should not be missing this amazing food at least once.

Traditional Iranian food: Ab Doogh khiar

Ab Doogh khiar is among the most unusual foods in Iran that help you survive in hot summer days

Dizi or Abgoosht

Dizi is an amazingly tasty traditional Persian food dating back to hundreds of years ago. Dizi is actually the name of a special little pot made of stone in which the food is cooked and served, the food is also called Abgoosht, meaning meat broth, by Iranians. You can still find this kind of container used to serve Abgoosht in traditional restaurants in Iran.

Abgoosht is a high-calorie food, made of lamb and chickpea; so, it is a good source of protein mostly preferred in winter. Although in various cities of Iran, the locals may also add other ingredients such as potato or tomato, the food is served and eaten the same way all over the country. The broth is consumed after adding small pieces of bread dipped into it and stirring, the remaining ingredients are mashed and consumed with traditional bread. Pickles, onion, fresh vegetables, and Doogh (as a drink) are usually served beside this traditional food.

Persian Food: Dizi

Dizi: An amazingly tasty traditional Persian food dating back to hundreds of years ago

Eshkene

Eshkene is actually a kind of classic onion soup in Iran. The food is prepared fast and is mostly served in winter among Iranian families. Frying chopped onions in oil and adding some dried mint and crushed walnuts, water will be poured on it. When the water is boiled and thicken enough, some eggs would be added.

Eshkene may not be among the most unusual foods in Iran, but the way it is served and consumed may seem somehow strange to people from other countries; much same way as Abgoosht, it is eaten with pieces of bread dipped into the soup and fresh vegetables beside it.

Unusual foods in Iran: Eshkene

Eshkene is actually a kind of classic onion soup in Iran.

Sirabi

Sirabi is a traditional Iranian food made of lamb’s tripe, chickpeas, onion, garlic, and saffron. Tripe is actually the stomach of a cow or sheep. This food is time-consuming to be prepared, it will take at least 12 hours for the tripe to become tender. It may not be originally from Iran since the food is served in some Eastern European countries, but the way it is cooked and the spices used, make it particularly Iranian and unique.

Iranian food: Sirabi

The most unusual foods in Iran: Sirabi

Iranian Macaroni

Macaroni is the Persian style spaghetti prepared in a different way from the Italian one. It may be interesting to know that Iranians treat pasta like rice, it means the pasta will be steamed for about an hour and then it is ready to be served. The sauce recipes is a mixture of a chopped onion being fried with grind meat and some spices, mushroom and tomato paste. The recipes are similar for all kinds of pasta cooked in Iran.

After boiling the pasta in water, it is rinsed and then steamed in a pot with this special sauce and also slices of potatoes at the bottom of the pot. Waiting for an hour or less, Iranian Macaroni is ready to be served with crispy potatoes.

Unusual Iranian foods: Macaroni

Macaroni is the Persian style spaghetti prepared in a different way from the Italian one.

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Most relaxing mineral hot springs in Iran

Iran enjoys a diversity of hot springs scattered all around the country, each region offers its own features. Hot springs in Iran are quite attractive to tourists and they offer a variety of curative aspects. Soaking in hot springs in Iran is not only relaxing but also beneficial to one’s health. Local people have believed in the medical features of these waters for years and have treated many illnesses in these hot springs which are scientifically proved today and have brought about many people traveling for the health benefits of these springs.

hot springs in Iran

Most hot springs in Iran are attractive destinations for health tourism due to their healing features.

Sarein hot springs

52 kilometers from Ardabil, you will reach to Sarein where it is well-known for hot springs in Iran. The area attracts many tourists, especially during summer, to its thermal springs with curative features.

It is widely believed that the existence of the minerals in these waters with various temperatures coming from the volcanic Sabalan mountains, soothe joint pain and rheumatism and also is good for relieving nerve pains. The area also offers many volcanic swimming pools with massage therapists and the region is equipped with modern facilities including hotels.

Reine hot springs

Driving to the amazing Haraz road in Marazandaran, you will find Reine hot springs that are a fascinating place for having some fun among the dense forests of the north of Iran. There are both private and public baths available. If traveling in a group, you can conveniently rent a house and enjoy bathing in the thermal waters of Reine. The advantage of being close to Tehran, attracts many visitors to the area annually.

Shahr-e Kohne

There are abundant hot springs in Khorasan Razavi province, in the northeast of Iran; Shahr-e Kohne Hot Spring in Qouchan county is also famous for being close to ancient historical sites, dating back to 250 BC. These hot springs attract many tourists who appreciate soaking in warm waters every year to the region.

Kariz hot spring

Kariz is another hot spring located in Khorasan province near Kashmar which is of great medical value compared to other hot spring in Iran, according to what the experts believe. The most outstanding feature about Kariz spring is being rich in mineral and chemical elements which is healing for skin disease. It is interesting to know that due to being located 1400 meters above the sea level, this village has a mountainous climate, with extremely cold winter and mild cool summer with a wild river roaming through. Kriz village is one of the most ancient villages of Kashmar city. “Shah Band”, one of the registered national monuments, located near the village well indicates the dating of Kariz village.

Ferdows hot spring

Located 20 km north of Ferdows city in Southern Khorasan province, there is a hot mineral spring dating back to 200 years ago. The mineral spring of Ferdows is located on the top of the mountain where the spa flows and there are traces of an ancient tower representing the historical age of the Ferdows mineral spa. It is interesting to know that after the Ferdows spa was cut off 47 years due to an earthquake happened and then it the flow again as an effect of the aftershocks that made local people happy, especially the inhabitants of Beroun and Mehran Koushak villages in the vicinity of Ferdows spa.

Falakdeh hot spring

Right in the middle of Do-Hezar forests in the north of Iran, somewhere off-the-beaten-path, there is an amazing hot spring which does not really attract a lot of people since it is not easy to access. So, this place is strongly recommended to adventurers looking for an unexplored place to relax in nature. Topographically, this hot spa has many low and high lands adding to its beauty and diversity. The most significant feature of this hot water is the absence of sulfur in it. The Falkade area has a cool and foothill climate which is very pleasant particularly during warm seasons.

Qale Kandy Hot Spring

On the road from Ardabil to Parsabad close to the eye-catching forests of Arasbaran and Aras river, you will arrive to a gorgeous touristic region with a famous hot spring, named “Qale Kandy” attracting many tourists. Qale Kandy hot spring is particularly healing in the treatment of Rheumatism. The water temperature of Qale Kandy spa in the main fountain reaches 75 to 80 degrees Centigrade and in the pools 65 to 70 degrees Centigrade; that is why most orthopedic specialists recommend this spa to their patients.

Chaldoran Hot Spring

There are 46 hot springs in West Azarbaijan province in the northwest of Iran, so, the province is a well-known destination for those looking for warm waters to relax or cure special disease. Out of these 46 spas, some are in the vicinity of valuable monuments. Chaldoran hot spring is a natural attraction in the province that attracts many tourists. Ahmadabad is another hot spring locating near Takht Suleiman geo-tourism site in Takab.

The silk carpet of Qom

A practical guide of purchasing Persian carpets

  Iran is among the most professional oriental rug producer countries known as “rug belt”. The most famous and oldest carpet of the world, Pazyryk, woven on 400 BC in Persia, proves the brilliant background of the Iranian art of carpet weaving. The world’s largest handwoven carpet has been knotted in Tabriz by 230 weavers in 2019 which has been a new Guinness record for Iranian artists.  The highest quality wool and handwoven silk rugs are still produced in traditional Iranian carpet weaving workshops in Qom, Kashan, and Tabriz. As differentiating the various qualities of carpets for novices can be somehow confusing It would be wise to get familiar with the vast variety of Persian hand-woven textiles before choosing one to buy.

Pazyryk rug

Pazyryk rug, the oldest rug of the world, remained in ice from 400BC.

Different types of Persian carpet

  • Tabriz carpets: Raw materials used in Tabriz carpets are usually wool and silk. Tabriz carpet has been known for its huge diversity of designs (medallion, Herati/Mahi, to figural, pictorial and so on) in addition to preserving the highest technical standards. This type of Persian carpet is usually woven in large sizes with Turkish knot.
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Tabriz woolen rug, with all those gorgeous designs.

  • Naein carpets:
    Are woven in hundred villages around Naein. Traditional Naein carpets reminds of nomadic textiles, while the modern versions have more Very fine and precise designs due to the high quality of the workshops in the area. Most Naein carpets are having a knot density of between 300 to 700 knots per inch of Persian knot. The foundation of Naein carpet is usually cotton with a very soft wool or wool & silk pile, dyed with natural colors.
Naein carpet

Traditional Naein carpets remind of nomadic textiles

  • Qom carpets: ً There is no wonder that the “Fine” word is always coming after the “Qom carpet” this exquisite carpet, called silk flower is woven by fine silk yarns with precise patterns. Qom carpet is the most colorful Persian carpet for sure. Despite the short history of Qom carpet, it can be called without exaggeration the most elegant and exquisite Iranian carpet.

    The silk carpet of Qom

    The most elegant and exquisite Iranian carpet

  • Qashqai carpets: Tribal rugs of Qashqai are the touchable mental pictures of nomad women. These wool rugs owe their spontaneity and aliveness to being imaginary woven, without any pattern. the Qashqai weavers dissamble the simple story of their lives, mostly nature and animal pictures in their textiles.

 

qashqaei carpet

carpet without any pattern

Pricing factors

  1. knot density
    There are many factors to measure the quality of a carpet, the most important among all is knot density. That is to say, the number of knots per unit of the surface area determines the quality. The most common units of knot density in Iran are KPSC(Knot Per Square Centimeter) KPSI(Knot Per Square Inch) KPSM(Knot Per Square meter), the higher density of knots is in proportional to the price. As a clarification, the poor quality Persian carpets are woven with less than 120 KPSI and the high-quality one is woven with a density of higher than 330 KPSI.
  2. Material
    The finest Persian carpet material consists of the golden, silver and silk fibers. The gold and silver are used only in very special cases suchlike royal carpets, but the more comment material, the silk fiber allows more knots per square and makes the pattern look more precise. Although silk gives a beautiful appearance to the carpet, it cant be compared with the wool in terms of the strengthen.
  3. Size
    Oriental rugs usually come in relatively standard sizes. Carpets with more than 6-meter square sizes are called ” Ghali” in Persian. Ghali comes in a rectangular shape and particular sizes, most products are 3*4 sqm/ 2*3 sqm and the less common size is 5*7 sqm. no need to say the bigger the carpet size is, the higher the price would be.
Milad Tower - Tehran tourist attractions

Tehran tourist attractions

Having been the capital of Iran for 225 years, unique geographical location and outstanding customs and traditions have made Tehran a worthy destination to visit. During the last ten years, Tehran has been set for historical, cultural and artistic urban tourism. Today, the magnificent Alborz slope with its modern sights is a favorite destination for foreign tourism. Tehran, in the heart of this station, has prepared a clean city with stunning buildings and expanded transportation for the future and our dearest tourists. With easy access to transportation and services, a great environment is prepared for a nice trip with family and friends to spend time in comfort and happiness. Keep up with Iran Doostan to know about Tehran tourist attractions.

Milad Tower

Milad Tower is Iran’s tallest tower which plays the role of Tehran’s representative in the modern world. The tower was built in 2008 and it was named Milad to mark the centennial birthday of Imam Khomeini. As a result of its interesting characteristics, Milad tower became a tourism symbol and culture center. This multi-purpose telecommunication and broadcasting tower covers an area of 12 thousand square meters Tehran’s. The tower’s head structure is considered the biggest telecommunications tower’s head structure in the world.
The tower contains five main parts of the foundation, lobby structure, shaft, head structure, an antenna mast. What shines through in the 6-story lobby is the unique arch-shaped concrete ceiling in which its geometric design represents ornamental pattern of Iranian knot. Inside this amazing tower, you will find an open observation deck, a VIP restaurant, a public art gallery, and a revolving restaurant, all these sections attract the visitors and tourists with a variety of t tastes and preferences. The cultural and social complex of Milad Tower provides a welcoming atmosphere for the tourists and enthusiasts of cultural activities into its various parts such as conference center, tourist areas, cinema and museum, coffee shops, exhibition, and sports facilities, 5star hotel, and commercial and administrative centers.
You can start your trip to Milad tower by riding bikes or carriages, looking around shops and buying souvenirs for your family and friends, you can also participate in special events and concerts. Enjoy a movie at the cinema and having a meal at the revolving restaurant and maybe take a look at the Dolphinarium.
Milad tower is located between highways Chamran, Hemmat, and Hakim and is among the best Tehran tourist attractions. If you decided to drive to the tower, you need to know that each of the highways has a convenient exit to Milad Tower, so you can get there from any part of the city. There is also a bus stop named “Milad Hospital Station” next to Milad Tower, you can take a city bus that passes that station.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 11 pm

Milad Tower - Tehran tourist attractions

Milad Tower is the symbol of modern Tehran.

Azadi Tower

Back in 1969, a competition was planned in order to build up a modern tower for Tehran, and in 1971, the tower was all prepared and ready. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the tower and the surrounding square were named Azadi that in Persian means freedom. Azadi Tower is now a modern symbol for Tehran; not only it is a modernized entrance for the latest civilization and tourists, but it is also a memorial for aged locals or guests coming from west of the city, to be reminded of the history that has been occurred there. The tower’s architecture is a combination of both the Sasanid and the Achaemenid dynasty with modern Islamic architecture. The head of the tower was designed in a way that looks like wind catchers in desert regions of Iran, but it actually acts as an air conditioner for the tower. The skylights in the first and second floors are a simulation of Shamseh (sun-like) design in traditional Iranian architecture. The blue colors in the designs and ceramics, as well as designs between the two arches, invoke the memories of the atmosphere of the historical mosques in Iran.
Azadi Tower has three floors, four lifts, and two stairways. It also consists of Azadi cultural complex, including museum, library, science hall, Iranian studies hall, gallery, auditorium, and conference hall. The design of the surrounding square around the tower was inspired by Persian gardens, especially fountains in Fin Garden.
Azadi Tower is located between the Meydan-e Azadi and Ostad Moen stations of the yellow line of Tehran metro. By choosing any of the lines and some minutes of walking, you will reach Azadi Tower. Or use Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line #1 which goes from the East of the city to the West, passing Ferdowsi square, Teatr-e Shahr metro station, and Enghelab square. You can take a bus from there to Azadi stop to reach the tower.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 8 pm except Saturdays.

Azadi tower- Tehran tourist attractions

The tower’s architecture is a combination of both the Sasanid and the Achaemenid dynasty with modern Islamic architecture.

Golestan Palace

Golestan Palace was founded in the Safavid dynasty and survived until now. Qajar kings, who had chosen Tehran as their capital, planned to make the city more majestic for their royal life. Golestan Palace contains mansions and buildings such as Marble Throne (Takht-e Marmar), Pond House (Howz Khaneh), Gallery (Negar Khaneh), Brilliant Hall (Talar-e Brelian), Ivory Hall (Talar-e Adj), Library, Edifice of the Sun (Shams-ol-Emareh), the wind-catcher buildings (Emarat-e Badgir) and its pond; Diamond Hall (Talar-e Almas); White Palace (Kakh-e Abyaz), Tent House (Chador Khaneh), etc. But among all of these buildings Shams-ol-Emareh, shines bright like a diamond.

The edifice of the Sun (Shams-ol-Emareh) was built following an order by Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar. The king wanted a vast view of the capital from his palace, so they’d come up with the idea of a European multi-story building. So this is how the construction of the Edifice of the Sun began in 1865 and completed two years later. The edifice of the Sun with three floors and two towers on top was built in 1867 and has a mixture of Persian and western architecture. In addition to the stories, the Clock Tower, high porches, and Wind catchers made the building look like European palaces. The sound of its clock, which was presented by Queen Victoria to the king Nasser al-Din Shah, told time to people of Tehran for a long time, just like Bing Ben in London. These features along with the mirror and tile works, paintings, stuccos of walls and ceilings made the building distinct from other buildings back in time. The palace was once the highest building in Tehran; people could see all alleys, waterfalls running down the mountains around Tehran. But now this beautiful palace is concealed behind the city’s towers and buildings.

One way of going to Golestan Palace is Qurkhane Bus Terminal which is located in 10 minutes of walk from Golestan Palace. You can try these buses which come from different parts of the city and arrive at this station. But if you want to travel by subway, the closest metro station is Panzdah-e Khordad of the red line. Then you need to walk from the metro to Golestan Palace that will take a couple of minutes

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 6 pm

Golestan palace is among the most eye-catching Tehran tourist attractions.

Niavaran Historical-Cultural Complex

Tehran is such a large and crowded city with lots of traffic and life; but when you enter this breathtaking compound, you’re in another world. Niavaran Complex is another famous heritage of Iran’s culture and history; consisting museums, the royal library, a pavilion and
Finally, the main palace which the king used to live and work there before the revolution of 1979. Niavaran complex architecture is breathtaking; Ceiling, walls, and windows are all designed and decorated by famous and talented Iranian artists who used stunning mirror and tile works and stuccos. Niavaran Palace, Sahebgharanieh Palace, and Ahmad Shahi pavilion are three main palaces in Niavaran Complex. In the west part of the Sahebghanieh Palace, you will find the Jahan Nama Museum which there is a lot of valuable items that have been gifted to the royal family from all over the world. Shah Executive Car Museum is full of classic vintage cars that belonged to the royal family with photographs of them with their cars, taking us back to the kingdom dynasty by looking at the pictures. Royal Library belonged to Farah Pahlavi who also owned collections of artworks such as sculptures, paintings and even furniture beside 23 thousand French and Persian books of Art, Literature, and History.
If you choose to go by subway, get to Tajrish Metro Station on the first line of Tehran subway and from there take a taxi or bus to go to the complex. Also if you reach Niavaran Square, it will take 5 minutes walking to get to the complex. Take your time, the surrounding area is worth sightseeing.

Opening hours: Evey day at 9 am – 5 pm

Niavaran palace: Tehran tourist attractions

Niavaran complex architecture is breathtaking with stunning mirror and tile works and stuccos.

Sa’adabad Complex

Sa’adabad Complex is a wonderland full of giant and tiny palaces. A green land full of plane trees, taking us all off from the moment to the very beginning of the complex. This stunning complex belonged to Qajar and Pahlavi dynasty which today is one of the greatest and important complexes in Iran. There are so many museums from royal clothing and paintings to kitchen and cars. Some of the interesting museums are the white and green palace, royal car and Omidvar brothers museum. You can enjoy all different types of art from well-known Iranian artists, or you can visit royal clothing and cars, military outfits from various periods of time. If you are interested, try to visit all the museums because each of them has their own story to tell and a unique history hidden behind them. There are lots of cafes and restaurants by the river in which you can enjoy
your time and be ready for the rest of the trip. You can continue your journey walking through the gardens or take one of the vans on the way.
If you’re going by subway, Tajrish metro station is the northern station of the red metro line. When you arrived you can walk to the palace or take a taxi. If you decided to go with BRT, take line 7 which follows Vali Asr Street and arrives at Tajrish Square. Hope on any stop and go to the north, and then walk to Sa’adabad Complex or take a taxi.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 4 pm

Sa'adabad Palace, Tehran, Iran

Tehran tourist attractions: Sa’adabad Palace

Top places to visit in Yazd: The city of wind catchers

Yazd is the only UNESCO World Heritage City of Iran, full of marvelous attractions. One of the most religious and ancient cities where two deserts of Iran meet. The city of wind catchers, fountains and friendly neighborhoods. Most of the heritage buildings in Yazd are close to one another and you can visit them on foot without any need of taking a taxi or bus. If you are ready let us start getting familiar with Yazd and places to visit in Yazd to experience a different life time back in ancient Iran.

Towers of Silence

Towers of Silence (Zoroastrians’ Dakhmeh) are located far from the city center which old buildings and wind catchers get you familiar with Zoroastrians’ traditions. After exploring the disused Zoroastrian buildings at the foot of the hills, climb up the hill to the towers and you will be amazed by the atmosphere and tranquility of the towers. The towers are made out of adobe and although they are starkly simple, there is a solemn majesty about them. The history behind these towers is fascinating. In the Zoroastrian religion, the bodies of the dead were placed at the top of the towers for birds of prey to dispose them of. They believe in the sacredness of the earth, fire, water, and back in old years, their dead bodies were not buried in the ground to prevent contamination. There is an interesting fact about this tradition which is the way the bodies were laid in circles; men in the outermost layer, women in between and finally children in the center. By visiting this place, not only you will discover the secrets of this old monument, but will you have the whole town at your feet. And it is among the top places to visit in Yazd.
The nearest bus station to Zoroastrian’s Dakhmeh is Sarv bus station. However, taking a taxi from this place is a better choice. If you have already decided to go by car, Find Isar Square in the southeast of Yazd. Zoroastrian’s Dakhmeh is in the boulevard that connects this square to the Emam Hadi Blvd.

Opening hours: 8 am – 5 pm

tower-of-silence- Yazd

The towers are made out of adobe and although they are starkly simple, there is a solemn majesty about them.

Old City

If you are into photography, you will love Old City! A calm and peaceful place to wander around which presents a photo opportunity at every turn and by no doubt one of the best places to visit in Yazd. You can walk around the houses and through alleyways for hours and not get tired. Narrow streets, the amazing color of the walls and the structure of the buildings are all delightful. Muddy alleys, arches that connect walls and rooftops and historic atmosphere all give you a time travel feeling. The families live in the houses built inside the protecting walls, behind the richly decorated doors. There are many little shops, cafes, and museums that could be found by exploring the narrow streets of Old City. While exploring Yazd’s famous Old Town, stop by the Art House Café; a nice and lovely place for having drinks and meals with a spectacular view from the rooftop. For having a memorable day at the Old City, find a traditional bakery, buy some of the fresh and tasty bread. Then sit in the park with its pomegranate surrounding trees, watch the kids playing hide and seek and get ready for the next destination.

Opening hours: 24/7

The old city, Yazd

The old city, Yazd

Jameh Mosque of Yazd

Jameh Mosque is the main mosque in Yazd with a nice architecture which is another example of Islamic art and architecture. The mosque used to be a fire temple back in the Sasanid dynasty. The tall minarets, reaching high above the Old City, are the highest minarets in Iran that bring their beautiful tiles up to the sky. A gorgeous and overwhelming facade locks up your imagination to be immersed in various shades of blue as if you found yourself in front of the gate of heaven. The beautiful exterior shines brighter when sparks of sunshine reflect the blue sky colored tiles. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for visiting the breathtaking Jameh Mosque. This masterpiece is particularly stunning in the evening when it’s all lit up. The way that the light is provided on the dome and walls, make a spiritual and holy atmosphere at night. It’s like a jewel shining in the darkness of the night.
If you’re driving to the Jameh Mosque you can go either by Gole Sorkh or Imam Street but if you’re on foot get on Seyed Gole Sorkh Street and then Larde Keyvan.

Opening hours: 8 am – 9 pm

Top places to visit in Yazd: Jame Mosque

Top places to visit in Yazd: Jame Mosque

Dolat Abad Garden

The structure of the building, the highest windward in the world, a mesmerizing courtyard, are all reasons to visit Dolat Abad Garden. This historic monument has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens in Iran. As was mentioned before, the highest windward in the world is inside a magnificent house with colorful windows, beautiful terraces, doors and water passages. It is better to visit the house in the day time so the glory of the stained glass windows can be well appreciated. Inside of the windward is a good and cool spot for photography! conditioning air without using expensive energy, creating natural ventilation back in Afsharid era is so impressive. It’s not only the windward, but the water storage (Ab Anbar) is also another impressive creation located at the corner of the garden. The garden itself adds to its serenity; by looking at the garden and the entrance, you’ll see the long pool in the shade of the tall cypress trees leading you to the main entrance of the building. On the way to the building, there are a lot of beautiful pomegranate and grape trees, making your journey through time more delightful.

Find Dolat Abad Boulevard that attaches Enghelab Street and Motahari Street. Dolat Abad Garden Postal is located in the eastern direction in the middle of the boulevard.

Opening hours: 7 am – 11 pm

Dolat Abad Garden - Yazd

Dolat Abad Garden is among the top places to visit in Yazd.

Zoroastrian Fire Temple

Zoroastrian is one of the oldest religions in the world. The ceremonies and the history of Zoroastrians are unique and the Fire Temple is still being used by them for their prayers. It is really interesting to see a specific holy place for Zoroastrians. The building is a resemble of Achaemenid architecture itself. A place for Zoroastrian to practice their religion by the eternal fire! What makes this monument so special is the fact that a fire that was once made, is still burning since 1500 years ago. Fire is a holy element in the Zoroastrian religion and there are some chosen people in their own religion who are called whisperers; these whisperers are supposed to take care of the fire and don’t let it lose its power.
When you arrive at the temple, you will be welcomed by the Fardvahar statue (a winged deity of the Ahura Mazda). The courtyard at the entrance is beautiful and relaxing with many seats and trees a nice and spiritual atmosphere inside and out. A lovely pool in the middle of the yard which proves the fact that every ancient fire temple had to be built near a pool. By visiting the Zoroastrian Fire Temple not only you can learn about the ancient history of Iran and the Achaemenid Empire, but also you can understand the importance of them.
Find Basij Blvd. and Kashani Rd. intersection as your landmark. Turn to Kashani Rd. and then turn to the third street (Atashkade) on your left.

Opening hours: 7:30 am – 9:30 pm