Tourism in Iran, 10 Reasons to Visit Iran. In Iran, tourism offers tourists a range of activities ranging from hiking and skiing activities in the Alborz and Zagros mountains to seaside holidays of the Basra Bay and the Caspian Sea. However, the main reason for those visiting Iran is Iranian Culture and Iranian History.
Persian culture dates back to 4000 BC, making Iran one of the world’s most established civilizations. Having an important place in world politics throughout history, Iran has important heritages in terms of history and tourism. Iran welcomed 5.5 million tourists in 2017. A large majority of tourists come to Iran from Asian countries, while Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, France and Belgium are the most visited European countries. Here are ten reasons to visit Iran, which comes to the forefront with its history.
Persepolis, which is about 70 km away from the city of Shiraz, is an ancient city that has been the capital of the Persian empire. The city, which was built by the ruler Darius I, was enriched with the perfect buildings which were further enlarged during the periods of Serhas and Artaxerxes. The Persepolis ancient city, which has many memories, Persian religious beliefs, palaces and royal tombs, was burnt down after Alexander the Great defeated the Persians. The ancient city, which was rebuilt as a result of archaeological studies, is now one of Iran’s most historic sites.
2. Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, located in the city of Isfahan in the country, is known among the people as ‘Meidan Emam’. The city center square is located in the middle of historic buildings such as the Shah Mosque and Sheikh Lutfallah Mosque. Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, features not only Iran but also the largest square of all of Southeast Asia.
3. Sheikh Lutfallah Mosque
It is located in Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan, one of the important cities of the country. The mosque was built between 1615 and 1618 when the Safavids were dominated by the region. The mosque, which is the most unique example of Safavid architecture with its dome, statues, processing and motifs in it, is the historical and touristic place of Iran.
4. Golestan Palace
The magnificent palace complex, the official residence of the Qajar Dynasty during the Safavids period, is located in the capital Tehran. The complex, which hosts official ceremonies during the period of Pahlavi Dynasty, consists of many buildings. Beginning in the second half of the 16th century, the Golestan Palace has an excellent pool and landscaped garden with wonderful plants.
5. Azadi Tower
The building date of the monument, One of the most important symbols of capital Tehran is 1971. Azadi Tower, designed by famous Iranian architect Hossein Amanat, is 50 meters high. The structure built by combining Iran’s pre-Islamic and post-Islamic architectural features is world-famous. The Freedom Tower, which covers an area of 50 thousand square meters in the middle of Azadi Square, was inspired by the monument ‘Monument des Martyrs’ built in Algeria in 1982.
6. Milad Tower
The tower at the center of the capital Tehran is among the top 5 skyscrapers in the world. Architect Mohammad Reza Hafezi designed the Milad Tower. The tower at a height of 435 meters is one of the important symbols of Tehran. The best view of the capital is from here.
7. Eram Garden
It is located in the city of Shiraz. It was built in the middle of the 13th century along with the building in the historic Persian garden on the northern bank of the Khoshk River. Restored hundreds of years, Eram Garden was restored during the Zand and Qajar Dynasties. The building in the garden is 2-storey and 32 rooms. The building and the pool add an excellent ambiance to the garden.
8. National Museum of Iran
It is a history museum that hosts archeological artifacts serving in the capital. The National Museum of Iran has been operating since 1937, where you can see ancient Persian remains, metal and pottery work, books, and iron money. The museum is a valuable museum where you can learn about the deep-rooted Iranian civilizations, with antiquities and antiquities belonging to the people living in the region from the earliest times to the present day.
9. Shah Mosque
The double minaret Shah Mosque, built in 1629, is located in Naqsh-e Jahan Square of the city of Isfahan. Safavid monastery built at the request of Abbas I was designed by famous architects of the period. Shah Mosque, composed of Islamic architecture and Synthesis of Persian architecture, is one of Iran’s historical and touristic places.
10. Arg-e Bam
It is a historic monument in the town of Bam in the province of Kerman in Iran. The origin of this excellent fortress dates back to the 4th and 6th centuries BC. Arg-e Bam, which covers an area of 180 thousand square meters, attracts attention with its huge walls of 6-7 meters. The castle on the historic Silk Road has 67 towers. Furthermore, the magnificent castle, which has managed to enter the UNESCO World Heritage List, took damage in the 2003 Bam earthquake. Italy, Japan, France and so on to help restore the historic castle in the proper way. You should discover Arg-e Bam, one of the most famous constructions of the country.