Tourist Attractions of Tehran
Although the look of Tehran today is very different from the “Old Tehran” and its quiet and exquisite neighborhoods, it still has many places, historical houses, palaces and memories at its heart that narrates the history, culture, and the days not so far away of this lovely city’s prosperity. Tourist Attractions of Tehran
There were times in which these historical places of Tehran were alive and prosperous and were working like the vital organs of everyday life of the people. Individuals may imagine Tehran as a big city, a metropolis, and a city full of traffic; but the truth behind these looks shows something completely different from what we may think.
The following attractions are some of the most interesting ones for tourists and also native visitors.
Golestan Palace is the name of a historical complex which was built and completed at different times. Regarding the architecture, attracting tourists and the value of artistic works held inside the complex, it is among the most important historical sites of Iran and is the host to many local and foreign visitors. The construction process of the building started from Shah Abbas of the Safavid era until the Qajar and Naser al-Din Shah era which made some changes under the influence of his trips to Europe.
This building has witnessed important events such as the Constitutional Revolution, the Coronation of the Pahlavi I and II. Moreover, beautiful artwork such as the Marble Throne and the Gravestone of Naser al-Din Shah were transferred from the city of Rey to this place. Works from Kamal al-Molk and other Persian artists are also being kept in this complex. Beautiful buildings such as Shams ol Emareh and Mirror Hall and Building of Windcatchers (Emarat e Badgir) are also popular among the visitors.
You can’t talk about Tehran without talking about the spectacular Niavaran Palace or Niavaran Complex. Niavaran Complex was where the last Iranian king was living. This palace also includes a very beautiful garden. This building is the only royal building which has a convertible ceiling, though its convertible ceiling doesn’t work anymore. Besides this building, you can see other historical buildings such as “Ahmad Shahi Pavilion” and “Sahebqaranieh Palace”.
Sa’dabad Complex is another important complex in Tehran and Iran. The fusion of Iranian and European architecture is conspicuous in this site. This place had been the summer residence for Pahlavi the Second and his wife. The art of stone plantation in the façade of the building is among the greatest works of its kind. Today a part of this building is dedicated to “Museum of the Nations”.
Museum of Time
Without a doubt, the Museum of Time is one of the most beautiful buildings in Tehran. This building is known as a masterpiece in Persian architecture. The exterior color of the building is blue with screened windows. The tools for estimating time are placed around the building.
Grand Bazaar of Tehran
Grand Bazaar of Tehran is an ancient and covert bazaar. The history of this bazaar dates back to the Safavid period. Despite being old, this ancient bazaar is still popular for various reasons and the existence of different markets and a few modern shopping malls does not lower its value.
The main sections of this bazaar are Abbas Abad Bazaar, Goldsmiths Bazaar, Amir Bazaar, Shoemaker Bazaar, Zeid Bazaar, Carpenters Bazaar, Bein al-Haramein Bazaar, Jame Mosque Bazaar, etc. If you feel hungry do not be worried, because several Kabab Restaurants exist in this area.
National Garden Gate
Before the building of Azadi Tower as the symbol of Tehran, National Garden Gate was the symbol of this city. National Garden Gate had been a gate for entering Mashgh Square. The reputation of this square was as same as Vali-e Asr or Enghelab Square of today’s Tehran.
It is among the most appealing historical sites in Tehran. This place was built by the decree of Naser al-Din Shah. Masoudieh Palace has several sections that are open to the public. Divan Khaneh, Sofreh Khaneh, Seyed Javadi Yard, Moshiri Yard, and Moshir ol-Dowleh House are some of the parts of this historical palace or mansion. In fact, you encounter a series of houses which are called Masoudieh collectively. It is worth mentioning that this place was one of the most important bases for Iran’s Constitutional Revolution supporters and a lot of activities were coordinated in this place.
Azadi Tower is the first symbol of the capital city of Iran. This tower was built years before Milad Tower and many people still believe that it is the main symbol of Tehran. This beautiful construction is one of the contemporary architectural masterpieces. Hossein Amanat built this tower in 1349 of Jalali Calendar for the commemoration of the 2500-year royal celebrations. The architecture of Azadi Tower is a combination of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. Museum, library, Gallery, and Theatre Halls are some parts located in the lower part of the construction. Therefore, Azadi Tower