The metropolis of Tehran is a heaven for museum lovers. It's the city of monuments, museums, palaces and interesting sights, so much that some of its major tourist spots may be hidden or lost in the hustle and bustle of its streets. But most of visitors do not know that how Tehran Visit can be interesting if you know the highlights.
Iransafar Tours suggests the places below as the sights which shouldn't be missed during your stay in Tehran:
The most important street in Tehran and one of the most beautiful streets in the world, Vali Asr street is about 18 kilometers long and has been in the list of Tehran's highlights in various periods of Tehran's history. According to some documents from 19th century, north of Valiasr Avenue was the promenade of the Qajar family and their summer palaces were located there.
This street connects the northern and southern parts of Tehran. Railway Square is the starting point and Tajrish Square is the last destination of Valiasr Street. This street can be considered the center of Tehran's art cafes
Valiasr st. Tehran, Iran
Enjoying the beauty of Valiasr Street is not limited to walking on Valiasr Street under its tall and old plane trees. There are some popular and important public parks on this street which are worth a visit. Mellat Park is the largest on Valiasr Street. This old park is one of the most important sights of Tehran at the intersection of Nayyeh and Valiasr highways.
The park is decorated with urban elements and various sculptures; therefore it is perfect for photography, especially in the fall. Melat Cinema Complex is also located in this park
Mellat Park,Tehran, Iran
At Valiasr Ave and not far from Tajrish Square, there is an old and beautiful garden at the end of which is a historic mansion. Ferdows Garden is one of Tehran's most famous gardens and today it has been transformed into a cinema museum with its mansion and one of the most spectacular places in Tehran. Don't miss this autumn walk
Ferdows Garden,Tehran, Iran
Tajrish bazaar, on one side to Tajrish Square, on the other side to shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh and the surrounding streets, has been one of North Teran's oldest shopping centers and still retains its old atmosphere. Although the construction of a modern market in new style alongside the completely traditional form of the market has influenced it, the old and famous market shops have not lost their identity. The old roofed Bazaar of Tajrish is a small example of Tehran Grand Bazaar.
Tajrish Bazaar,Tehran, Iran
In the Tajrish market, which consists of small "Souks", there is an indoor fruit and vegetable section, which is a very attractive and beautiful place. Of course, this square is originally the location of Tajrish "Mourning Square" which is used in occasion of Muharram Rituals and after tenth Muharram is leased to the fruit market. The Tajrish market, like other traditional markets, has a mosque and a Hussainiyah.
There is a lot of speculation about the history and construction date of this market. According to some sources, the date of construction goes back to 70 years ago. However, the market's old businessmen believe that Tajrish Bazaar is much older and about 150 years old. Of course, some of the structures that exist in this place are about 200 years old such as Tajrish Tekyeh, which is said to have existed there for 220 years.
Tajrish Bazaar was quite open at the beginning of its formation. This caused trouble for shopkeepers and shoppers in the fall and winter seasons, so in 1973 the corridors got covered with wood and tin plates and replaced over time with a monolithic iron roof. A few years later, the market obtained its new magnificent appearance with the renovation performed by Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.
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Azadi square is one of the largest squares of Tehran where the Azadi Tower with forty-eight meters height is standing in the middle as the symbol of Tehran. The Azadi Tower (meaning freedom) formerly known as "Shahyad" was built as a symbol for the capital during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
The Azadi Cultural Complex, consisting of several sections, is located on the lower floor of the Tower and includes a museum, library, audiovisual unit, exhibition hall, meeting hall, concert & conference hall.
Mellat Park,Tehran, Iran
Azadi Tower was built in 1970 by Iranian architect Hussain Amanat, who is now a Canadian citizen. At that time, Amanat was a 26 year old student on a mission to design a square in the capital to mark "the symbol of modern Iran" and "the Gateway of the great civilization"
Earlier, In 1966, an architectural design that could symbolize Iran was put on the competition among Iranian architects, and eventually Mr. Amanat's design was selected by the University of Tehran to be constructed. Operation of Azadi Tower started in November 1969, and ended in September 1970 and was inaugurated on January 5th, under the name of Shahyad Tower.
On the opening day, the Shah and his wife were present at Shahyad Square, and the Cyrus Cylinder, the world's first human rights charter, was unveiled for the first time. This cuneiform tablet was inscribed about 2550 years ago by Cyrus and is now kept at the British Museum in London.
The total area of the square is about 78,000 square meters and the tower is built in shape of a gate which connects ancient Persia to Modern Iran.
"This is based on the past of Iranian history," says Hussein Amanat, architect of Azadi Tower. "I wanted to show the ones coming from abroad or even the Iranian people that where and what culture this work belongs to."
Milad Tower is a multipurpose telecommunication tower located in northwest of Tehran, on top of a hill of approximately 14 hectares in the south of Shahrak-e Gharb district. With 435 meters height (315 meters high for concrete shaft and 120 meters high for tower antenna), Milad Tower is the tallest tower in Iran, and the sixth tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
With 13,000 meters of built up area, Milad is the first of all world's telecommunication towers in terms of grandeur of tower's 12 storey top structure. Due to its great height and different appearance, this structure is visible almost everywhere in Tehran and is therefore one of the symbols of the Iranian capital.
According to the global statistics, Milad tower is the sixth-tallest of its kind and the 24th tallest freestanding structure in the world. Entrance tickets are cheap by international standards, and the elevator is rather exciting as you can see the view with the glass panels surrounding you.
Open Observation Deck
On the upper open observation deck, depending on how clean is the air, you can often see for miles around, making it a perfect spot for view photographers. The megacity of Tehran is breathtaking from the open observation deck.
Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Iran's most famous art museums, which houses the largest treasures of modern art outside Europe and North America. The museum owns one of the five major collections of modern art in the world and consists of 9 galleries: 3 permanent Exhibitions containing more than 4,000 works by Iranian and world artists museum treasury, and 7 galleries dedicated to temporary and seasonal exhibitions. The Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the sights in Tehran that art lovers occasionally have to make their way to. Just remember this museum is not open on weekends and make sure it is open before leaving.
Meuseum of Contemporary Art,Tehran, Iran
Tehran Bazaar is one of the oldest, largest and at the same time, the most vibrant Tehran public places, always packed by locals and tourists. The primary construction of the market is from 17th century but the present structure is mostly dating back to 19th century – Qajar Era.
The old parts of Tehran Grand Bazaar are constructed with ceilings in the form of vault and domes and enjoy a unique and sophisticated architecture. winding corridors, arches and traditional vents are the architectural beauties of Tehran Bazaar. But this beauty and complexity didn't exist at the beginning of the market. Over time, the market expanded; for example, parts of it got roofed due to the summer heat.
These developments also took place in service areas, with cafes, tea houses, Zurkhanehs, baths, mosques, etc. In each department, new corridors were created that were particularly for the sale of special goods, each of which was a big market itself.
The Tehran Bazaar complex is still regarded as one of the most active economic hubs in Tehran. If you want a cheap and affordable purchase, do not forget about the Tehran market. Just remember the market is not open on holidays.
Grand Bazaar,Tehran, Iran
The Golestan Palace is a complex of palaces and buildings remaining from the historic citadel of Tehran, the residence of the Qajar dynasty and is considered one of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in Iran's 200-year-old capital.
The Golestan palace, dating back some 442 years, represents a unique and magnificent document of the Qajar era's architecture and decorative arts, which peaked under Nasser al-Din Shah. This is the first example of a combination of European and Persian style, which later became one of the hallmarks of Iranian art and architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Golestan Palace Complex consists of 17 buildings in total, including Shams al-Amara, Salam Hall, Mirror Hall, Basin palace, Marble Throne, Abyaz Palace and more.
The courtyard enjoys a lush and spectacular garden. Elegant tiles, ponds, fountains, and Mirrors, which are signs of Qajar architecture, can be found in every corner of the Golestan Palace. The palace hosts many historic events and has been home to a number of Qajar kings. Golestan Palace is located on 15th Khordad Street, Arg Square.
Golestan Palace,Tehran, Iran
The current treasury of the National Iranian jewelry Museum is one of the most fascinating places in the world! The museum displays royal jewels from the Safavid, Afshar, Qajar, and Pahlavi periods; famous jewelry such as the Diamond of "Darya-i-Nur", the Nadir's Jegheh, the Crown of Farah Pahlavi, Kiani Crown of Qajars. , "Jewel Globe", "Peacock Throne", "Naderi Throne" and thousands of objects are waiting for you in this museum.
These were collected during the Qajar period and were originally kept in the treasury of Golestan palace - part of it was mounted on crowns, thrones and other decorative objects of the palace.
With the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the royal jewels were moved to the basement of the Marble Palace in the year 1937, and after the National Bank building was completed, most of them were transferred to the National Bank Museum and today they are in the possession of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This treasury makes up 70 percent of the country's currency support. A new central bank treasury is under construction in the hills of Abbasabad, Tehran.
There is much to be said about this extraordinary collection, but one question cannot be answered definitively:
How much is the value? No one knows the answer to this question, because it contains gems that have no equal in the world. Iran's national jewelry collection is artistic, historical, and unique in a situation that even the world's most elite experts and evaluators have not been able to calculate real or approximate value.
Farah Diba's Crown, National Jewelry Museum, Tehran, Iran
The old village of Darband in north Tehran is one of the most spectacular places in the city. Due to its cool summers, Darband is one of the most visited attractions in Tehran. The Darband River runs through this village which is the beginning of the climbing route to the Tochal Mountains overlooking the city of Tehran. For those who are not interested in hiking, a chair lift is intended. The beginning of the route is full of small cafes and restaurants.These restaurants have a great reputation and are usually always busy, especially at night. If you are looking for an opportunity to escape the bustle and pollution of Tehran and relax in the heart of nature on traditional benches in a restaurant, Darband is a good choice.
The closest metro station to Darband is Tajrish Station. You have to get a taxi from the station to Darband.
Darband, Tehran, Iran