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The capital of Iran is significantly a modern city while the best of the old has been conserved. The Shahid Motahari Mosque has 8 minarets overlooking the city. The Bazaar, which is open every day except Friday and religious holidays, is 1 of the world’s largest, another bazaar, catering principally for local communities, are found in a suburb of Tajrish.

The Tajrish suburb is situated in the north of Tehran, Iran's capital. There are a number of vaulted alleys, everything from fine carpets to silver, and copperware to exotic aromatic spices available here. There is a separate section for each trade practiced and craftsmen can be seen at their work.

Tehran has numerous good museums which include the Abgineh Museum of Iranian Pottery, the Rea Abbasi Museum (which houses a rare collection of Iranian paintings and calligraphy), the National Museum of Iran (or Iran Bastan Museum, displaying mainly archaeological and anthropological exhibits), the Rassam Cultural and Art Foundation of Carpet, which includes a carpet museum and carpet weaving school, the Carpet Museum, whose oldest carpet is 450 years old, and the Anthropological Museums in Golestan Place and Saad Abad. Tehran, the capital of Iran also has several cultural centres which include Azadi, Bahman and Khavaran as well as a City Theatre, a National Library, a Zoo and a University.

The Alborz mountain chain is a well known place for excursions from Tehran. There are various mountain resorts providing ski slopes and cable car facilities (available from January to March). Varamin, Rey, Qazvin and Shemshak Towns, which have conserved much of their original style, are easily access by car from Tehran.

Northwestern Iran

Tabriz, Iran’s 2nd largest city, has a ruined but restored fine blue mosque constructed in 1465. The covered Qaisariyeh Bazaar dates back to the 15th century. About 22 kilometres or 14 miles from the salt lake lies Uromieh Town, which claims to be the birthplace of Zoroaster. Other towns worth visiting include Astara, Ardabil, Bandar-e Anzali and Rasht.

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is the name popularly given to the region surrounded by the historic cities of Kermanshah, Hamadan, and Khorramabad. This region of Iran is predominantly rich in historical associations, for many centuries the Silk Road passed through the nice rolling countryside of the region, and there are many indications of settlements dating back over 6,000 years.

Hamadan was the summer capital of the Persian Emperors, even though 1 of the few easily visible signs of the city’s antiquity is the Stone Lion, dating back to the time of Alexander the Great. Kermanshah is a suitable place for visiting the Taghe Bostan Grottoes, where there are numerous great bas relief carvings. In Kangavar, the sight of the Seleucid Temple of Artemis has massive fallen columns and is now being rebuilt.

Esfahan

The previous capital of Persia, Esfahan has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city’s most significant feature is its stunning central square which is about 7 times larger than San Marco in Venice. The palaces, mosques, bridges and gardens also deserve a visit. The Friday Mosque (Masjid-e Jomeh) is 1 of Iran’s finest buildings. The Shaikh Lotfullah Mosque is well known for the stalactite effect of its northern entrance. There are also numerous pleasant bazaars.

Elsewhere

The capital of the Fars Province, Shiraz is 1 of Iran’s historic cities with many buildings dating back to the 9th century, great parks and gardens. Persepolis, about 50 kilometres or 30 miles away, is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and renowned for the Ceremonial Seat of Darius, constructed on a very large platform carved out of the Kuhe Rahmat. Another UNESCO listed archaeological site can be found at Changha Zanbil, 40 kilometres or 25 miles southeast of Susa.

Khorasan is a large province in the east where a great stimulation of learning occurred in the early Middle Ages. Mashhad, a previous trading post on the Silk Road, is the capital of the region.

Kerman City in the southern desert region has numerous striking mosques and a ruined citadel, even though travellers are advised to exercise caution and only travel on tours organised through Iranian licensed tourist organisations.