Iran: Things to See and Do in Tehran (Tourist Attractions)

Tehran is the largest city in Iran. It is also the nation’s capital and home to more than 8 million people. The climate in the Tehran is quite mild, as it is approximately 1200 metres above sea level. Tehran has a host of rich historical and cultural sites. If you happen to travel to the city, here are five attractions that you may find appealing.


Carpet Museum of Iran:

If you relish the idea of a magic carpet ride, then you might love the Carpet Museum of Iran. This museum is located close to Laleh Park. It has two galleries that feature an array of Persian carpets dating from as far back as the Bronze Age to the present day. Apart from carpets, the museum also exhibits carpet designs and kilims. The museum is open 9am to 5 pm every with the exception of Mondays and religious holidays.

Golestan Palace:

Built between 1524 and 1576, this opulent structure is one of the oldest buildings in Tehran. It is the former home of Qajar family who is credited for making Tehran the capital city. The palace features ornaments that date as far back as the 19th century. There are eight palaces, halls and museums located within the Golestan Palace complex.

Azadi Tower:

This is a magnificent tower that was built in 1971 and is the symbol of Tehran. The tower was built to commemorate the Persian Empire’s 2500 anniversary. The tower was named the Tower of Kings when it was first built, but was later renamed Azadi following the Iranian revolution. The Azadi Tower is totally covered with marble blocks and is approximately 50 meters in height.

Laleh Park:

If you are a nature lover, then you will want to visit Laleh Park. It is a recreational park featuring green areas, pools and water fountains. It is a perfect venue for family picnics, long walks or just to relax. You can also shop and dine while at Laleh Park, as it includes shopping centres and restaurants that offer Italian, Turkish and Iranian cuisine. The park is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

National Museum Of Iran:

The National Museum of Iran is more than 70 years old. It features 550,000 artefacts dating from pre historical days to the Islamic era. It occupies 20,000 square metres of space, making it the largest museum in the country. The National Museum of Iran is a combination of two museums- an ancient one and a modern one.Tehran is a rich historical and cultural city. The above are just a few places you can visit that are bound to leave you in awe.

 

October 16, 2013