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Persepolis

The surviving ruins of Persepolis today are a mere shadow of Persepolis' former glory. It was founded by Darius I in 518 BC and was added to by the subsequent kings over a period of about 150 years. In its heyday the city spread over an…

Quran Gateway, Shiraz

The Quran Gateway is the entrance to Shiraz, the capital of Fars province in southern Iran and is one of the most beautiful and historical monuments in the country. It is located near the gorge of Allah-o-Akbar and is flanked by the Baba…

Yazd Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Yazd province is one of the most beautiful historical monuments and unique tourist attractions in central Iran. The Jame Mosque (Friday Mosque) which dates back to the 14th century, is located in the heart of Yazd city,…

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

Vakil Mosque is situated west of the famous Vakil Bazaar. It was built in 1187 (AH) during Zand Dynasty. It covers an area of 8,660 square meters. On the two sides of the entrance gate there are magnificent tile-works and arches. The left…

Goharshad Mosque, Mashhad

Goharshad Mosque in Mashhad located in southern part of Imam Reza's (AS) holy shrine, is the oldest mosque of the city, dating back to the 15th century C.E. The holy shrine almost embraces the mosque. The construction of the mosque was…

Nasirol Molk Mosque, Shiraz

Nasirol Molk who was one of the elite of Shiraz, is the founder of this mosque. Outstanding for its architectural technique, tileworks, and columniation, this is an imitation of Vakil Mosque. The mosque is the essence of Iranian art and…

Takht-e Soleyman

The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon), in north-western Iran (Azarbaijan Province), is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. It lies midway between Urumieh and Hamadan, very near the present-day…

Ali Qapu Palace

The name Ali Qapu, meaning "Magnificent Gate", was given to this place as it was right at the entrance to the Safavid palaces which stretched from the Maidan Naqsh-e-Jahan to the Chahar Bagh Boulevard. Built at the very end of 16th century,…

Bisotun

On the rocks of Bisotun Mountain, there stand some of the most important historical evidence, dating from Achaemenid period. The principal monument of this archaeological site is the bas-relief and cuneiform inscription ordered by Darius…