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Twenty sites you must see in Iran


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  1. Tomb of Imam Reza (Mashhad): A visit to this shrine-city is essential for understand the centrality of pilgrimage to Iranian religiosity.
  2. Ferdowsi’s tomb (Mashhad):Ferdowsi is the national (and nationalistic) poet of Iran, whose Shah-nameh (“The Book of Kings”) is widely considered the mythic poem at the heart of Iranian consciousness
  3. Persepolis (Shiraz): The great palace complex of the pre-Islamic Persian Empire was one of the great empire capitals of the world. Located outside of Shiraz, it is well worth viewing.
  4. The Eram Garden (Shiraz): Garden of Paradise in Shiraz is a typical Persian garden. This waterway leads towards the historic Qavam house.
  5. The Tomb of Hafez and Sa'di (Shiraz): The best place to experience Iranian’s emotional attitude to poetry.
  6. Colorful Nasir ol Molk Mosque (Shiraz)
  7. Naqsh-e Jahan(Isfahan): This was once one of the largest squares in the world.
  8. Mosque of the Shaykh Lotfollah (Isfahan): The Dome of this majestic little jeweled mosque is widely considered one of the great masterpieces of Islamic architecture in the world.
  9. Mosque of the Shah/Imam (Isfahan): known as both Masjid-e Shah and Masjed-e Emam, another evidence of name changes after the 1978-1979 Revolution.   It is a 17th century masterpiece of Safavid architecture.
  10. Vank Cathedral (Isfahan): Given the prominence of Islam, it is easy to overlook the fact that Iran has a rich Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, and Buddhist heritage as well.  The Christian heritage of Iran is best seen through the Armenian population, such as the 17th century Vank Cathedral in Isfahan.
  11. Ali Qapu(Isfahan): The Safavid palace. While Iranian Islamic architecture saves most of its genius for mosques, here is one palace in Isfahan with much to offer.
  12. Mosque/Madrasa of Agha Bozorg (kashan): This is a lovely example of later Islamic architecture in kashan.
  13. Historical Houses (Kashan): Enormous mansions that make it easy to imagine the true meaning of luxury in Iran during the Qajar era. This particular mansion Khan-e Tabatabei was built by a wealthy carpet merchant and consisted of over 40 rooms and 4 courtyards!
  14. MiladTower (Tehran): The Iranian capital is a modern metropolis which also boasts a number of palaces belonging to the Pahlavi dynasty and dozens of museums.
  15. Monument of Freedom (Tehran): A monument to Iranian modernism, designed to commemorate the former Shah of Iran, today renamed as Monument of Freedom.  This has been the site of many of the largest political rallies in Iran.
  16. Shaking Minaret and the abandoned village at Khanrnaq (Yazd): The minaret in the abandoned village of Khanrnaq (near Yazd) gained its name not without a reason. The mud bricks and wooden elements used in the construction process make it possible to actually shake it even nowadays.
  17. Amir Chakhmaq Square (Yazd): built in the ninth century in Yazd. The desert city, famous for its wind catchers [ventilators], is located in the middle of Iran and is the center of Zoroastrian culture
  18. Alamut Valley and the Castles of the Assassins (Ghazvin): Great place for those who enjoy spending time in the mountains.
  19. The Bazaar of Tabriz: The largest covered bazaar in the world, divided into parts where you can buy famous Persian carpets, jewelry, spices and much more..
  20. Shahzade Garden (Kerman)