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Persian Architecture

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Persian Architecture is a precious gift, among many, to the world culture. In the visitor’s mind, it seems that the architecture of each city and village in Iran reflects a story about different peoples who have come and gone in this land and different dynasties that have ruled the nation during the past 3000 years. Most of the greatest structures and buildings in this ancient country were built for religious purposes, with Zoroastrianism and Islam as the most prevalent religions in Iran. Therefore, most part of Persian architecture is also known as Islamic architecture.

A Brief History of East Azerbaijan Province

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Tabriz (the provincial capital of East Azerbaijan Province) is the most important city in the province and the tourist attractions of the city are so many that they cannot all be included in this article.
For this reason, only a list of tourist attractions of the city is provided in this article and a comprehensive description about the city of Tabriz is provided in a separate article.

Tabriz, the City of Firsts

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If you have had a glance through the history of Iran and its historical monuments, you will have certainly noticed that mosques are among the historical monuments seen in every city of Iran.The Blue Mosque of Tabriz, also known as ‘Ali Shah mosque”, is the blue beauty left from the history of this land.The color of the tiles of this mosque is different from those of the other mosques. In fact, these tiles are aquamarine in color while the tiles used in other mosques are turquoise in color. It is because of this different color that most tourists visiting the mosque have mentioned the beauty of this building in their books and travelogues.

Qazvin, a city with the most number of historical monuments in Iran

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If you have had a glance through the history of Iran and its historical monuments, you will have certainly noticed that mosques are among the historical monuments seen in every city of Iran. Jameh Mosque of Qazvin is one of the oldest mosques in Iran that was built in the ninth century. This mosque was built over the ruins of a fire temple that belonged to the Sassanids. Since it was one of the most important places in the city of Qazvin, this mosque was attacked roughly by Mongols and was destroyed.

Iranian History at a Glance

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As the oldest civilization in Iran, the Proto-Elamite civilization marks the beginning of the cultural history of Iran. These ancient pre-Iranian civilizations were centered in the west and southwest of the modern-day Iran, known as Elam, and the capital was the Proto-Elamite city of Susa (Shush). The Elamites, under Mesopotamian domination for a long time, was closely tied to Mesopotamia culturally, and gradually adopted their language, the cuneiform writing, as well as their gods and temple. The massive ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil, an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran, is one of the few existing and best preserved ziggurats in the world. This monument was from the Elam Civilization which was disappeared by the Assyrians.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran

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With its outstanding cultural and natural tourist attractions, Iran, as a cradle of civilization, greatly enriches the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This list includes sites of cultural importance and natural wonders. Since 1979, 24 places in Iran have been recognized by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage sites, including the historical and cultural splendor of Persepolis, Chogha Zanbil, or Bam Citadel, to the natural wonders of Hyrcanian Forests and the Lut Desert. These 24 sites, which are scattered in every corner of the country, are considered as only some of the reasons why tourists should visit Iran. With Iranviva Group you can either choose any of the various tour packages provided beforehand by Iranviva Group or plan your own private tour packages and your desired itinerary to some of the most precious sites in Iran.

 Best Places to Visit in Isfahan

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Isfahan known as “Half of the World”, is the glorious capital city of Iran in the Safavid era. Now, as the third biggest city in Iran, with a peaceful atmosphere, Isfahan welcomes tourists from the five continents who love to explore the beauty and wonder that it has to offer. It draws many tourists to Iran notably for visiting its splendid attractions and enjoying the extraordinary experiences like walking by Zayandeh-Rud River along the wonderful historic bridges. Considered as the cultural capital of Iran, Isfahan has been recognized by the UNESCO for its outstanding universal value. Furthermore, as a hub for crafts and folk art, Isfahan displays the extraordinary beauty and glory of the best architectural pieces of the Islamic world in its iconic mosques and delicate palaces.
Here, Iranviva Group has provided a complete guide on what you can do or where you can go in Isfahan. So you can get enough information about the city of Isfahan before you book your Iran tour package with Iranviva Group, and before you travel to Iran.

A visit to one of the Zoroastrian places in Yazd

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The city of Yazd, the Bride of Iran deserts, Darolmomenin (House of Faithful People)…
People from this desert city are famous in Iran for their good deeds, honesty, civility, and dignity. The city of Yazd is located on a plain, in the central plateau of Iran. This city, which is located between the mountains of Shirkooh and Kharaneq, is bordered by the cities of Meybod and Ardakan to the north, the cities of Taft and Abarkuh to the south, the city of Isfahan to the west, and the cities of Ardakan and Bafq to the east. The city of Yazd has been the center of attention for a lot of tourists across the world for many reasons, including the historical textures, the spectacular desert, its delectable sweets, its authentic architecture, adobe structures, Zoroastrian sacred places, etc.
In this article, we will make a brief excursion to one of the Zoroastrian places in this historical city. Follow us if you are interested in exploring this city.

Top 20 museums of Sa’dabad complex in Tehran, Part 1

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About two hundred years ago, the name of Sa’dabad was not known by the Iranians and the people who traveled to Tehran, but this name is now very popular and this global reputation is due to what has happened in this region in the last two centuries. The name of this region became popular for the first time when Nasereddin Shah chose to build his royal palace in this village. Sa’dabad is located in north of Tehran, on the slopes of the Alborz mountains and in the foothills of Tochal. Now it’s time to introduce each of these beautiful palaces in the complex so you will have more detailed information about traveling to Tehran and visiting the historic sites of this city.

Top 20 museums of Sa’dabad complex in Tehran, Part 2

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The Sa’dabad area has been known differently in different historical periods of Qajar, Pahlavi, and Islamic Republic. In the Qajar period, the area was very much appreciated for its beautiful gardens and its pleasant weather. By the end of the Qajar period and the beginning of the reign of the Pahlavi dynasty, this region was well known for its enormous and numerous palaces. It is now a place with various museums. Now it’s time to visit one of the most beautiful Museum in Tehran.