Iran Cultural Attractions
National jewels museum: You might have already seen paintings in art gallery of Golestan palace showing of incredible jewels of Safavid and Qajar monarchs which are now preserved in national jewels museum located in the basement of National Bank of Iran in Ferdowsi Ave.Make sure you don’t miss the 182 carats pink diamond called Darya-ye Nor said to be the world’s largest uncut diamond also Peacock Throne and Jeweled globe.
National museum of Iran: The building of this museum which is inspired by Sassanian architecture is located in Si tir St. with two separate parts for ancient and Islamic era.The archaeological hall of this museum has rich collections dating from Paleolithic(1 Million to 1200 years ago) era to Sassanian(1500 years ago).
Saad abad museum complex: A royal summer home in Pahlavi period is located in Valiasr Ave. Taheri st. with 18 building house museums exhibit diverse subjects such as royal dishware’automobiles and paintings.Some of these museums are as follow:
White palace or Palace of the Nation: Pahlavi summer residence is filled with extravagante furnishings,paintings and carpets.
Green palace or Shahvand palace: The more classical looking palace with over the top design and wall to wall mirrors belongs to Reza Shah. The most interesting of the remaining museums include: the Royal Automobile Museum , with its Rolls Royce, Cadillac and a ‘unique’ armoured Mercedes Benz 600.
Glass and Ceramic museum: A short walk north of National museum there is a beautiful Qajar building has many exhibits mainly from Neishabur, Kashan, Rey and Gorgan , dating from the 2nd millennium BC to the modern day.
Carpet museum: This museum is a great place to see the regional patterns and styles found in Iran also a few unique carpets such as the Tree of Life with Kings and Notables. The permanent collection is downstairs while upstairs is for temporary exhibitions.
Hafez tomb: Tomb of the famous Iranian poet(1315 – 1390 AD) who never left his hometown except to Haj. His poetry influenced Persian lyrics more than anyone else.He has an anthology of poems which many Iranians keep in their homes and recites its poems and use them as saying and proverbs in every day life.The building of his mausoleum is located in center of a beautiful garden. You might see people performing the faal-e Hafez, a popular ritual in which you seek insight into your future by opening a volume of Hafez – the future is apparent in his words.
Saadi tomb: Tomb of the great Iranian poet who was born and died in13 century.He has two major works Golestan(Rose Garden) and Bostan (The Orchard). His tomb has been recunstructed many times and the last time was during Karim Khan Zand government.
Khaju e Kermani tomb: Tomb of another Iranian poet which is near Quran gate.He lived before Hafez and although Hafez literature owes a lot to him but his art is overwhelmed by Hafez greatness.
Vank cathedral: A historical church in the Armenian neighborhood of Isfahan city.It was built by Shah Abbas order for Armenians who migrated from Jolfa Azerbaijan.The paintings of walls and ceiling describes Jesus life and are inspired by Italian painting style.
Monar jomban (shaking minarets): Some of the minarets in Iran have the ability to move which this is one of them.This place is tomb of Abu Abdullah, a dervish. The tomb is popularly known as Monar Jomban because pushing hard against one minaret will start it, and the other minaret, swaying back and forth.
Chahar bagh school: A part of an expensive complex including a caravansary and Art bazaar.This school is one of the architecturally important buildings in Isfahan but unfortunately closed to the public for most of the year except in Nowruz.
Brojerdeis house: A traditional Iranian house built in the second part of 13 century and with beautiful lunate shape wind catchers on the pavilion rooftop display the beauty of Iranian architecture in desert areas.The paintings are administrated by great Iranian painter Kamal al Molk.
Tabatabaie house: The house built in 1840s for Tabatabaie family with 4 beautiful courtyards,elegant wall paintings and glass windows structured with classical Iranian architecture that has outer (Biruni) and inner (Andaruni) rooms.
Amir Chakhmagh complex: The stunning three story building consists of a mosque, public bath, caravansary, mausoleum, Tekye, three water reservoirs and a bazaar. Look out for the huge wooden palm nakhl, an important centerpiece once used for the observance of the Shiates’ passionate Ashura commemorations.
Towers of Silence: On two hilltops out of Yazd Zoroastrian towers of silence are located a place where they left the dead bodies so the vultures eat of them because they believed in purity of earth.Other disused Zoroastrian building near this area are a water reservoir and two small wind catchers (badgirs).
Zoroastrian’s Fire Temple: The place of preserving sacred fire said to have been burning since 470 AD and a place of worship for Zoroastrians. The building which has a Farvahar symbol above the entrance is located in the center of a garden filled with pine and cypress trees. You can see the ever burning fire through a glass.
Dowlat Abad garden: This palace was a residence for Karim khan zand is now a UNESCO registered heritage site. It is mostly known for its 33 meters high Badgir.
Water museum: A museum for exhibition of The unique instruments such as water transactions, various deeds of endowment, traditional water distribution policy and different ancient utensils concerning the keeping and transmission of water. The building dates back to 100 years ago and two qanats run under it. It is located in the Kolah-douz-ha house in the north of Amir Chakhmagh square.
Seyyed Roknaddin mausoleum: A place with a beautiful blue tiled dome built 700 years ago is the tomb of Islamic notable Seyyed Roknaddin.
Ganj Ali Khan complex: A complex comprising of square,bazaar,bath, school, caravansary and mosque which was built in Ganj Ali Khan governance in 17 century. Both the facade and internal areas display arched tile work which reminds us of the Safavid era
Prince garden in Mahan: This 100 years old beautiful garden located 6 km from Mahan. It belongs to Qajar period with two pavilions in eastern and western sides.
Blue mosque: Or Mozaffari pavilion is one of the masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
El Goli: It is an structure including a big pool (54675 square meter) and a traditional two story pavilion in center of it.