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What is iran known for?

The Iranian people are one of the most intimate and hospitable people in the world. Despite the negative testimony that some western media do about it and the economic problems that it faces, Iranians are patriot. In the following we review what is Iran known for.

History

Iran is home of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, The Persian Empire begins at the Iron Age, Cyrus the great was the first Achaemenid Emperor. He founded Persia by uniting the two original Iranian Tribes- the Medes and the Persians. The significance and greatness of Persepolis is in every Iranian mind. This is the burial place of Cyrus the Great, known to the world’s first human rights charter.

What is iran known for?

Architecture

Architectural masterpieces are one of the main attractions of Iran. In Iran, you can see stunning mosques and places of worship that are magnificent. Iranian architecture displays great variety, both structural and aesthetic, from a variety of traditions and experience.

What is iran known for

Hospitality

Guest is friends of God. This sentence has a special place in the Iranian people’s culture. It doesn’t matter if you are a foreign tourist or a compatriot, The Iranians do whatever they can To make you happy. This is a traditional behavior that exists between the Iranian people. The hospitality of iranian has led them to bring home memories that they will never forget.

What is iran known for

Preservation of Persian language

Thanks to the efforts of Ferdowsi to preserve the Persian language, the Iranians were able to maintain the Persian language alive. Ferdowsi is the epic poet of Shahnameh which written it, without using even an Arabic word.

What is iran known for

Rice

oft and white rice is probably the most important part of any Iranian table. Iranians swear that the flavor of Iran’s rice cannot be found in any place in the world. Before garnish rice with saffron and bring to the table, they cook it well with steam and heat.

What is iran known for

The literature

Poetry has a deep place in the soul and life of every Iranian, and is one of the honors of Iranians Among the most famous poets in Iran are Hafez, Sa’di, Omar Khayyam Neishabouri, Mevlana and etc. Some of the Iranian poets have become more famous than the borders of this country. For example, Saadi’s poem can be mentioned which Written at the top of the entrance of the United Nations center

In this article we will review the last part of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran

  • Golestan Palace| beautiful palace Remaining from the Qajar period

Golestan Palace| beautiful palace Remaining from the Qajar period

Golestan Palace is one of the most exclusive historical collections in Iran. This royal complex located in Tehran. The foundation of this collection dates back to the time of Shah Abbas Safavid but, Today, the works created by him are not visible. The complex has more than 10 museums and buildings.

This palace has a European Iranian face and has undergone significant changes during the Nassereddin Shah Qajar area. indeed, it was the result of the kings trip to Europe.

Registration year: 2013

Address: Tehran, 15 Khordad Avenue, Arg Square

  • Shahr-e Sukhteh | The Burnt City

Shahr-e Sukhteh | The Burnt City

 

The Shahr-e Sukhteh is an ancient region with an area of 151 hectares on the Zabul road to Zahedan. The city dates back to 3200 BC. The city’s name is still unknown, and it was named due to the burning on fire.

The first brain surgery, the first artificial eye, The World’s first animation, these are some of the important things that have been discovered in this city.

Registration year: 2014

Address: Sistan and Baluchestan Province, 55 km from Zabol

  • Cultural Landscape of Meymand

Cultural Landscape of Meymand

Meymand is the name of a village in Kerman province, which is one of the few architectural forms of rock architecture. The most important feature of this village is that Some of its natural and man-made caves are still used for housing and shelter. Some of stone engravings in this village date back to 10,000 years ago. The majority of residence are nomadic and shepherds.

Registration year: 2015

Address: Kerman Province, Babak Town, Meymand Village

  • The ancient city of Susa |Valuable Treasure of Khuzestan

The ancient city of Susa |Valuable Treasure of Khuzestan

Susa is an ancient city in the Khuzestan province, which is consider as one of the oldest known settlements in the world. according to studies, this city  founded in the 4000 BC but, lately the experts found the residential village dating back to 7,000 BC in this area. Among the important monuments of this city are Apadana Palace, which was the Winter Palace of the Achaemenid Kings and the main palace of Darius I. Susa has been the capital of the Achaemenid government.

Registration year: 2015

Address: Khuzestan Province, Ancient City of Susa

  • Qanat |Architectural iranian Architecture Intelligence

Qanat |Architectural iranian Architecture Intelligence

Iranian Qanat is one of the most amazing water supply systems in the world. 11 Qantas  registered as the Iranian Qanat in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Qanat of Gonabad as the oldest and largest qanats in the world

Baladeh-Ferdows qanat in southern Khorasan, The remains from the Sassanid era

Zarch  qanat in Yazd, the longest Iranian Qanat

Moon qanat in ardestan, the only two-story qanat in the world

Hasan abad qanat in mehriz, with the age of seven hundred years

Vezvan  qanat and mazd abad qanat in Meymand with Underground dams

Joopar qanat in kerman, with the age of 750 years.

Ibrahim abad qanat in arak, one of the oldest quants in the country

Aasem abad qanat and akbar abad  qanat in bam city, with Twin structure

Registration year: 2016

  • Dasht-e Lut l Amazing Effect of nature

Dasht-e Lut l Amazing Effect of nature

Dasht-e Lut is a desert plain with an area of about 175,000 kilometers in southeastern Iran.

This desert includes parts of the Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan, and South Khorasan, which is the seventh largest desert in the world. Also, this is the hottest place on the earth. In 2005, in Dasht-e Lut, temperature of 159.3 degrees Fahrenheit was measured, the highest ever officially confirmed for a location on Earth.

Registration year: 2016

Address: Parts of Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and South Khorasan provinces

  • Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region

Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region

This collection includes 8 archaeological sites which is dispersed in three geographic Bishapur, Firoozabad and Sarvestan in the southeast of Fars province. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars included structures, palaces, ancient cities. Monuments in this collection date back to the earliest and latest times of the Sassanian Empire, from 224 to 658 CE.

So, this collection as follows:

Historical monuments of Firuzabad: The Palace of Ardashir, Qaleh Dokhtar, The Ancient City of Ardashir-Khurreh, The Investiture Relief of Ardashir, The Valley of Tang-i Ab, The Mehr-Narseh Bridge

Historical monuments of Bishapour: Valerian Palace, Ditch, Bishapour city, Commemorative Columns, Defensive towers, Anahita Temple, Ceremonial Hall, Fire Temple, Historical Bath, The Mosaic Ayvan, Sasanid bridge, Sasanid entrance, Shapur’s Cave, Tang-e Chogan, Reliefs of Tang-e Chogan

Sarvestan Monument

Finally, to learn more about these phenomenons and historical monuments , we need to visit them. So, In planning for travel to the destinations which contain these cases, don’t forget them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran includes 23 sites. The list includes 22 cultural heritages and a natural phenomenon. This is only a brief introduction to each of the works and you can read their full introduction in separate articles.

  • Chogha Zanbil | Ancient masterpiece

    Chogha Zanbil

The first UNESCO World Heritage sites in Iran  is Chogha Zanbil . An ancient temple, near the ancient city of Susa in the Khuzestan province. This sanctuary located in the the ruins of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam. Some experts consider this building as the first religious building in Iran. The Chogha Zanbil ziggurat has a square shaped design with a length of 105 meters to each side. The central core of the ziggurat built by mud bricks and covered with bricks.

Registration year: 1979

Address: Khuzestan province, 40 km south-east of Susa

  • Persepolis | Achaemenid immortal LegacyPersepolis

Persepolis is an ancient city in the city of Marvdasht, Fars province. Darius has been its founder. Also after him, his son Xerxes and his grandson, Ardeshir I, expanded and developed it. According to many historians The Greek commander, Alexander the Great, attacked Iran in 330 BC and destroyed Persepolis by firing. Nevertheless, the ruins of this magnificent city are among the most important sources of knowledge about the Achaemenid empire and its society and culture.

Registration year: 1979

Address: Fars province, Marvdasht city

  • Naqsh-e jahan square | Isfahan’s Glorynaqsh-e jahan square

Naqsh-e jahan square with the official name of Emam Square is a Magnificent monument in Isfahan. A collection of unique works and beautiful buildings can be found in it. Naqsh-e jahan square has rectangular shape with 560 meters long and 160 meters wide.

The monuments in this square included, the Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Gheysarie Bazaar

Registration year: 1979

Address: Isfahan, naqsh-e jahan square

  • Takht-e Soleyman | Valuable treasure of Iranian historynaqsh-e jahan square

Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon) is an ancient complex which included number of palaces and fire temple of Azargushsnab and a beautiful lake in it. It is considered as a largest monuments of Sassanid era which is known until today. Thus Takht-e Suleiman was considered to be the largest educational, religious, social, and pre-Islamic Iranian worship center.

As a matter of fact, Azargushsnab was one of the three important Sassanid fire temples.

Registration year: 2003

Address: West Azerbaijan province, 45 km northeast of Takab and Takht-e-Solomon village

  • Arg e Bam | An ancient cityArg e Bam

Arg e Bam is a large collection of tall and enclosed buildings near Bam in Kerman province. This citadel has an area of nearly 180,000 square meters. In the architecture of this ancient city, two separate parts are considered.

The government sector includes a military citadel, a four-season mansion, a barrack, a 40-meter water well and a stable for 200 horses in the center.

The peasant segment includes the city’s main entrance, the main entrance to the castle and market, about 400 homes and public buildings, such as school and sport field.

Registration year: 2004

Address: Kerman Province, Bam

  • Pasargad | tomb of Cyrus the Greatpasargad

Pasargad was the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire to be built under the command of Cyrus the great. This work is a prominent example of the Achaemenid royal art and architecture and an unrivaled Witness of Persian civilization that remains to this day. Actually the tomb of Cyrus the Great is one of the most important parts of the Pasargad, which is almost wholesome.

Except for it, The prison of Solomon, The Private Palace,The Audience Palace, The Gateway Palace and Caravanserai of Mozaffari are part of Ancient art in Pasargad.

Registration year: 2004

Address: Fars Province, Pasargad City, Pasargad Complex

  • Dome of Soltaniyeh | Jewel turquoise ZanjanDome of Soltaniyeh

Dome of Soltaniyeh is a turquoise dome constructed in Soltaniyeh. Also, it is a prominent example of Iranian art architecture. Soltaniyeh Dome is the third largest dome of the world in terms of height after the Church of Santa Maria in Italy and the Hagia Sophia in Turkey.

furthermore, this dome is also the largest historical dome in Iran and the largest brick dome in the world. Dome of Soltaniyeh is the first example of double-shell domes in the world.

Registration year: 2005

Address: Zanjan Province, Soltanieh City, Allameh Helli Square, Allameh Helli Blvd.

  • Bisotun Inscription| Treasured memorabilia of DariusBisotun Inscription

Bisotun Inscription is a multilingual inscription and a large rock relief which carved at a height of 100 meters from the ground on a cliff at Mount Bisotun in the Kermanshah Province.

This stone inscription and reliefs on the orders of Darius I, Achaemenid king, carved. The inscription written in four script included: Cuneiform, Ancient Persian language, Elamite and Akkadian or new Babylonian.

Notable points of Bisotun inscription include: introduction of Darius in his own words, Achaemenid dynasty, death of Cambyses, Gaumata rebellion and his death, praying for the country and its nation, Darius’s thank to Ahouramazda for his help in overcoming opponents and retrieving peace, advice to future kings who will read Bisotun inscription.

Registration year: 2006

Address: Kermanshah Province, Kermanshah City, Bisotun City, Bisotun Historical Site.

If you have any questions about Iran visa, come along with us to review some tips

The I Go Persia team is ready to provide advice and service to facilitate the visa process and entry into Iran.

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How to get Iran visa?

Two groups do not need a visa to enter Iran: Kish and Qeshm Islands visitors and citizens of eight countries

Citizens of eight countries with free visa agreement are:

Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Armenia and Egypt can travel to Iran for a certain period without requiring a visa.

Syria: 90 days

Georgia: 45 days

Bolivia: 30 days

Turkey: 30 days

Armenia: 30 days

Egypt: 20 days

Azerbaijan: 15 days

Lebanon: 15 days

To increase the duration of their stay in Iran, they can apply to the consulates or Iran’s embassies. Also, if they are in Iran, they can go to the Foreign Nationals, Police Registration office in Iran and apply for visa renewal.

Visa on arrival

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Iranian Visa on arrival is possible at Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahanand Kish airports.

IKA: Imam Khomeini Airport

TEH: Tehran Mehrabad Airport

SYZ: Shiraz International Airport

MHD: Mashhad International Airport

TBZ: Tabriz International Airport

ISF: Isfahan International Airport

KIH: Kish International Airport

Iran Visa on Arrival Tips

Citizen and Passport holders of the countries listed below can get Iran Visa on Arrival

Azerbaijan – Albania – Germany – Austria – Armenia – Uzbekistan – Spain – Australia – Slovenia – Slovakia – United Arab Emirates – Indonesia – Ukraine – Italy – Ireland – Bahrain – Brazil – Brunei – Belarus – Belgium – Bulgaria – Bosnia Herzegovina – Portugal – Peru – Tajikistan – Thailand – Turkmenistan – China – Denmark –  Russia – Romania – Japan – Singapore – Sweden – Switzerland – Syria – Saudi – Oman – France – Palestine – Cyprus – Kyrgyzstan – Qatar – Croatia – South Korea – North Korea – Colombia – Cuba – Kuwait – Georgia – Lebanon – Luxemburg – Poland – Malaysia – Hungary – Mongolia – Mexico – Norway – New Zealand – Venezuela – Vietnam – Netherlands – Yugoslavia – Greece.

It should be noted that this type of visa is issued solely for the purpose of tourism and for persons who originally have the nationality of the above mentioned countries with Regular Passport. This visa are not allowed for Diplomatic Passport holders and official passports, etc.

Iran Visa on Arrival is not issued for Citizen and Passport holders of these countries

USA, UK, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Citizens of these countries for travel to Iran, must take action through Consulate or Iranian embassies in those countries.

Applying through the Electronic online registration form for visa application and having Iran Visa reference number before the trip still is the better way to expedite the issuance of a visa at airport.

Valid Travel Insurance is often necessary for getting visa at airport

please notice:  All visitors to Iran must hold a valid passport with at least six months validity  and confirmed return ticket

Apply for an electronic visa application by clicking on the following link  Visa application

In this article we review Top Places to See in Kashan .Kashan is a city full of historical sights and which makes a different Trip’s memory for you.

This city is one of the oldest cities in the Iranian plateau with many precious landmarks. Golab Giri is the most important Kashan festival which is related to rose and water rose.

Top Places to See in Kashan:

Fin garden

 Fin garden

Fin garden is One of the most famous and popular Places to See in kashan. Because Its name recorded on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Many important things have happened throughout the history of this garden. The murder of Amir Kabir (chief minister to Naser al-Din Shah Qajar) in Hamam-e Fin (Bath of Fin) is one of the most important of them.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

In Kashan, you can see old buildings and houses with a beautiful and amazing architecture. These houses have become the most engrossing parts of this beautiful and historical city. The most famous of them is Tabatabaei house, which is known as bride of Iranian houses. After that, the Abbasid house, which is considered as masterpiece in architecture. Borujerdi house is also another historical houses in this city that has its own beauty.

Agha Bozorg mosque

Agha Bozorg mosque

Agha Bozorg is a collection of mosques and schools that are one of the most beautiful buildings  during Qajar dynasty in Iran. The structure and decoration of this mosque is very Spectacular and it is stunningly beautiful.

Tepe Sialk (Sialk Hills)

Tepe Sialk (Sialk Hills)

Sialk dates back to 7500 years ago. And it’s the remnants of civilization that existed in Kashan during the ancient times.

Kashan Traditional bazaar

Kashan Traditional bazaar

Another valuable historical heritage in Kashan is the traditional bazaar of this city. This bazaar was built during Safavid dynasty.

Niasar Fire Temple

Niasar Fire Temple

Zoroastrian fire temple (ateshkadeh) that have been built by Ardashir I. Fire temple of Niasar, also called Chahar Tagh (four arches) and located 28 kilometers west of Kashan.

 

 

In this travel guide to Shiraz, we review the city information and important tips

Shiraz has three types of mountainous climate, temperate, warm and dry in different parts of the city. In the winter, the Shiraz’s climate is relatively moderate, and in summer it has warm and dry air. The best time to travel to this city is on May.

Travel guide to Shiraz

Accommodation in Shiraz

Accommodation in Shiraz

Due to the fact that Shiraz is one of the most popular cities in Iran for tourists, therefore there are many hotels in this city. Following on this travel guide to Shiraz, we will mention some good hotels in this spectacular city.

Pars Hotel, Karimkhan Hotel and Chamran Grand Hotel are luxury Hotels in Shiraz. Also If you want to be economical on your trip to Shiraz, you can go to the cheap hotels in this city.

Shiraz Restaurants

Shiraz Restaurants

Haft Khan Restaurant, Soofi Traditional Restaurant , Shater Abbas Restaurant are the city’s most famous restaurants. Following on this article, we will introduce some good traditional Shiraz’s food

Famous Shiraz’s Foods

Shiraz's Foods - Kalam polo

Shirazi Polo: To prepare this delicious meal, you need: rice, eggplant, chicken, yogurt, saffron, barberry and spice. This food has a lot of fans and usually everyone is satisfied with its flavor.

Dopiaze Aloo: Potato, onion, tomato, tomato sauce and spice. These are necessary ingredients for cooking this meal. cook this food is easy and is one of the most popular foods in Shiraz.

kalam polo: this delicious meal,Get prepared by Persian rice and meat and cabbage.

Other Shiraz’s attractions

Shiraz's attractions

Vakil Mosque, Quran Gateway, Arg of Karim Khan, House of qavam, Vakil bazaar and Afif abad garden are Another spectacular attraction of this beautiful city.

Shiraz is a city of love. Also shiraz is a city of history and art. One of the most beautiful cities in Iran, which take at least three or four days to explore all the city’s landmarks. Before anything else you should know that the best time to go to Shiraz is on May. When the streets are full of orange blossom’s perfume. The Shiraz’s climate is usually pleasant. its summer is warm but the autumn and winter are not so cold. Shiraz has attracted the attention of international experts with its many beauties.

The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in shiraz. Persepolis and Pasargad.

Pasargad

Pasargad shiraz

Pasargad was the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire to be built under the command of Cyrus the great. This work is a prominent example of the Achaemenid royal art and architecture and an unrivaled Witness of Persian civilization that remains to this day. The tomb of Cyrus the Great is one of the most important parts of the Pasargada, which is almost wholesome.

Pasargad shiraz

Except for it, The prison of Solomon, The Private Palace,The Audience Palace, The Gateway Palace and Caravanserai of Mozaffari are part of Ancient art in Pasargad. Pasargad was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.

Persepolis

Persepolis shiraz

Persepolis was the ritual capital of the Achaemenid Empire built at the time of Darius I. Then his son, Xerxes and his grandson, Ardeshir I, expanded it.

Persepolis shiraz

Persepolis is also known as the Parseh or Jamshid throne, and has displayed a great splendor. Long columns with various patterns and designs which Over the years, they are still standing. The remains of this city are still in the north of Marvdasht, north of Fars province (northeastern Shiraz). Persepolis was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

If you want to travel around Iran and see the different cities without tour operator help, you need to know about Iran’s public transportation system. For traveling to Iran you can choose air, rail or bus system which is depend on your travel style and even a country you will coming from.
To learn more about public transport in Iran, follow this article.

Bus

this is the first transportation way in Iran. There are more than 20 bus companies in Tehran and most of the big cities which offer daily services for all over the country. Bus transportation is comfortable and cheap so you can save your money, even by choosing Overnight buses between main cities you can manage your time. There is 4 Bus Terminal in Tehran, Which are visible on Google map.
Most of Iranian cities have local bus services. Tehran has bust rapid transportation system which is known as BRT and it’s a best way to escape traffic during peak time in city center. Keep in mind that in urban bus men and women sit in separate place.

Bus in iran
Metro

Subway is available in Tehran and Mashhad. Tehran subway system has four lines with different direction. Also an extra line goes to Karaj, a big city in neighbor Tehran. The Tehran subway operates daily from 5.30am-11pm.

subway in iran
Taxi

Different types of taxis are available in Iran:
Yellow or green taxis. These are belongs to official taxi companies in Iran. Most of them work on a certain route, but it does not mean that you cannot take a taxi for a different direction. These taxis carry up to 4 people unless you rent them individually.
Taxi drivers just accept cash. To taking taxi in Iran you can either stand in street or goes to the nearest taxi station.
Also some citizens, who are actually on the way to work or certain destinations, pick up passengers who are going to the same route. Their car has no taxi sign but they charge the same as yellow taxis.
Also there is a number of taxi- app for some cities. Snapp and Tap30 are quite popular in Iran. These apps work the same as Uber.

Tazis in iran