Naghsh-i Jahan Square

The Naghsh-i Jahan Square, built by Shah Abbas I the Great during the Safavid era, is a testament to the lush and vibrant culture of ancient Persia. The square is well known for its famous mosques such as the Royal Mosque, the Shayk Lutfallah Mosque, the Portico of Qaysariyyeh, and the Timurid palace, which has been existent since the 15th century.

The four prime mosques not only serve as places of worship but at the same time flaunt the rareness and splendor of Iranian architecture. These mosques are furnished with elaborate designs, culturally meaningful beautifications, and old engravings.

A British Iranologist named Roger Seyouri studied the existence of the square during the Safavid era and proposed that the Naghsh-i Square served as a public trading site during daytime and a venue for entertainment and performances at nightfall.

Azadi Tower

The Azadi Tower, formerly known as the Shahyad Monument, was a commemorative pylon created in 1971 in honor of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Designed by Hossein Amanat, this 148-feet skyscraper displays grand Islamic and Persian architectural designs and symbols, making the Azadi Tower a national icon in Iran.

The marble-covered tower stands on four firm pillars, which bow at the peak, creating grand overhead arcades. Beneath the Azadi Tower is the Azadi cultural complex where picturesque botanical gardens and water springs are designed to memorialize Iran’s vibrant ancient culture.

Qeshm Geopark

Located in southwestern Qeshm Island, Qeshm Island Global Geopark is a haven of distinct Iranian natural heritage.

This 1,500-square meter territory provides a taste of the country’s splendid natural assets coupled with inimitable Iranian warmth and conviviality.

This world-class geopark is the perfect getaway for nature tripping adventures, with only 30 minutes of air travel time from the northern or southern coast. Cheap food, accommodations, and services supplement the awe-inspiring ambience of being one with nature in an extraordinary Iranian experience.

Shiraz

The historic archaeological site of Shiraz in Iran is widely known for being an ancient walled city as well as being a focal point of Islamic mosques and palaces. Shiraz is teeming with historically and culturally significant Islamic shrines and cenotaphs, including the gigantic Safavid mosque.

Possibly the most remarkable Islamic structure in Shiraz is the Syed Amir Ahmad, or Ahmad ibn Musa, Shrine. The reliquary was created for Amir Amad, whose father and brother were both imams and who was believed to be murdered while taking refuge with this brother, Mir Muhamad, in Shiraz around 835 AD.

Eventually, the simple burial chamber that was the resting place of Amir Ahmad and Mir Muhammad captured the interest of that time’s spiritual and imaginative monarch. Queen Tashi Khatun ordered for the transformation of the tombs and the erection of a grand mosque and a religious institute in the 14th century.

Since then, the brothers’ tombs have been a famous attraction and were ultimately titled as the Shah Cheragh or the “King of Light.”

At present, the moniker of the shrine only gives justice to its glittering parapets. The interiors are a skilfully veneered surface with shimmering cut glass pieces and tinted tiles, while the dome is an exquisite gleaming mosaic of tiny thatch pieces.

Mount Damavand

Mount Damavand, an inactive stratovolcano, is deemed to be a national symbol of Iranian power and peace, as it has endured and outlasted a number of empires, tribes, governments, and even religious rules.

At 18,602 feet, this volcano in the province of Mazandaran is considered the king of all gigantic land forms in all of the Middle East and Western Asia.

Although fenced by the toothed sheer drops of the Albroz mountains and guarded by seemingly infinite deserts, Mount Damavand still stands out and reigns supreme with its unmistakable stature and unnaturally gripping form.

The best times to climb the superior heights of Mount Damavand are the months of July, August, and September. This narrow-summit volcano was first conquered by a climber named W. T. Thomson in 1837.

 

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