Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Visit in Iran
Pasargadae is the capital of Cyrus the Great (559–530 BC) and also his last resting place, was a city in ancient Persia, and is today an archaeological site and one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cyrus the great, the Iranian emperor, defined the first declaration of Human Rights on Cyrus Cylinder.
The mightiest monument of Fars province, the one that really indicates the honor and greatness of Iran is undoubtedly Persepolis and its landscape, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It is situated 70 Km northeast of Shiraz, in the Fars Province, at the foot of Kuh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) in the plain of Marv Dasht.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, known as Imam Square, is a square located at the center of Modern Isfahan city, Iran. The Naqsh-e Jahan was constructed in 1598, when Shah Abbas, decided to move the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan and became the ain place where the Shah and the people met.
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex which can well indicates the traditional commercial and cultural system of Iran, is situated in East Azerbaijan Province at the north western of Iran.
During the reign of the Safavid Shah Abbas I, a vast Garden called Chahar Bagh (Four Gardens), a govermental residence were constructed on the present site of Golestan Palace and its surroundings in Tehran. The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasp I (1524-1576) and was reconstructed by Karim Khan Zand (1750-1779).
Later Karim Khan Zand ordered the construction of a citadel and a number of towers in the same area. In the Qajar era some royal buildings were gradually built within the citadel. In 1813 the eastern part of the royal Garden was extended and some other places were built around the Golestan garden.
The group of places in the northern part of the garden, consists of the museum hall, the ivory hall, the crystal hall and Narinjestan hall.
Among all halls, the most famous one is the Ayineh Hall for its extraordinary mirror work.
Historical City Of Yazd
The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 km southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a Qanat system developed to draw underground water. The earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the Qanat system, traditional houses, bazars, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Zoroastrian temples and the historic garden of Dolat-abad.
With its winding lanes, forest of badgirs (wind catchers), mud-brick houses, atmospheric alleyways in Fahadan neighborhood and centuries of history, Yazd is a delightful place to stay, referring as a ‘don't miss’ destination by almost all travel associates in the region. The city has an interesting mix of people as well, some 10 percent of whom follow the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism.
Cultural Landscape of Maymand
Meymand is a very ancient village which is located near Shahr-e Babak city in Kerman Province, Iran. Meymand is believed to be a primary human residence in the Iranian Plateau, dating back to 12,000 years ago. Many of the residents live in the 350 hand-dug houses amid the rocks, some of which have been inhabited for as long as 3,000 years. Stone engravings nearly 10,000 years old are found around the village, and deposits of pottery nearly 6,000 years old attest to the long history of settlement at the village site.
Bisotun is an archaeological site located along a historical trade route in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, containing remains dating from pre-historic times through the history of ancient Persia. Its primary monument is the Bisotun Inscription, made in 521 BC by Darius I the Great when he conquered the Persian throne.
Shushtar is an ancient city, about 92 kilometers far from Ahvaz, the center of the Khuzestan province. During the Sassanian era, it was an island city on the Karun River and selected to become the summer capital. However this masterpiece of creative genius and civil engineering structure, can be traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C.
The property includes 9 gardens, selected from different regions of Iran: Pasargad Persian Garden at Pasargadea, Chehel Sotun in Isfahan, Fin Garden in Kashan, Eram Garden in Shiraz, Shazdeh Garden in Mahan, Dolatabad Garden in Yazd, Abbasabad Garden in Mazandaran, Akbarieh Garden in south Khorasan Province and Pahlevanpour Garden.