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8 Top Attractions in Tehran

Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants and warm friendly people.

You should spend time in Tehran, the most liberal city of Iran, then you'll soon realize that the city is so much more than a chaotic jumble of concrete and crazy traffic blanketed by a miasma of air pollution. Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, and warm friendly people.

  • Golestan Palace

Although there was a Safavid-era citadel on this site, it was Nasser al-Din Shah (r 1848–96), impressed by what he’d seen of European palaces, who created the Golsetan Palace (Palace of Flowers) you see today. The first place to visit in Iran tours which include Tehran is this beautifully tiled and decorated palace which is in the center of the city and near to Bazaar and several tourism sites.

This UNESCO registered palace complex consists of 17 structures in total, including reception halls, museums, throne rooms, and royal quarters, and boasts impressive, well-kept gardens too. The intricate tile work, mirrored interiors, symmetrical fountains, and marble thrones demonstrate the pinnacle of Qajar-era architecture and provide a sense of the level of opulence the monarchs would have enjoyed. (Read More: Iran UNESCO Sites)

  • Azadi Tower

The inverted-Y-shaped Azadi Tower, built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian Empire, is one of Tehran's visual icons.  It's worth going inside to see the complex structural engineering that forms the bones of the design and for the view from the gallery at the top. Due to the domestic flights in your Iran tour, you would see this iconic tower which fuses elements of Sassanian, Achaemenid, and modernist architecture and literally means ‘Freedom Tower’.

  • National Museum

The other site that includes tours to Iran is the National Museum of Iran. This site is filled with an impressive range of treasures and objects from the 30,000 years of human habitation in the Iranian plateau. From Stone Age tools to primitive art, from decorated capitals from Persepolis to coins and pottery, the museum features items from the length and breadth of Iranian history. The building itself, designed in the early 20th century with nods to Sassanian architecture, is one of Tehran’s more interesting modern constructions.

Next door to the National Museum, and part of the same complex, this museum offers a stunning collection of arts and antiquities from throughout the Islamic period, including calligraphy, carpets, ceramics, woodcarving, sculpture, miniatures, brickwork and textiles. The collection includes silks and stucco-work from Rey, portraits from the Mongol period, a collection of Sassanian coins, and gorgeous 14th-century wooden doors and windows.

  • Grand Bazaar

Right in the heart of the city, the Grand Bazaar is an essential visit for any tourist in Tehran. Like other cities that you would have a city tour in Iran, Tehran Bazaar with over 10 kilometers of labyrinthine alleyways filled with covered shops, haggling customers, and general commotion, you will find everything from jewelry to carpets and pots and pans for sale here. Visit in the morning, when business is brisk but not yet frantic – later in the day, the chance of being run over by a piece of fast-moving haulage equipment is high.

  • Milad Tower

The Milad Tower is one of Tehran’s most iconic structures and the most prominent feature of the city’s skyline. Featuring a revolving restaurant and observation deck, the completed in 2007, it stands at an impressive 435 meters, making it the sixth tallest tower in the world, fast becoming an iconic structure on the city's skyline. Trips to the head of the tower are inexpensive and worth the effort on a clear day. It's a multipurpose tower. Tehran concerts, seminars, and some festivals are held here. There's a dolphinarium and around food court.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art boasts the most extensive (and valuable) collection of artworks outside Europe.  Also known as TMoCA, this site is among the largest art museums in Iran. It has collections of more than 3000 items that include 19th and 20th century’s world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Although some items have not been exhibited since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, works by big names including Picasso, Monet, Andy Warhol, and Henry Moore are on display, as well as pieces by Iranian artists. If you are travel to Iran don't forget to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.

  • Saadabad Museum and Palace Complex

Sprawling across the foothills of Darband, this estate was a summer home to royals since the Qajar dynasty, although it was the Pahlavis who expanded it to 18 separated buildings the site you see today. For a glimpse into the luxurious life of the shahs, don't miss the extravagant 54-room White Palace, built in the 1930s. The more classical-looking Green Palace dates from the end of the Qajar era.

  • Nature Bridge

It's easy to see why this multilevel, sculptural pedestrian bridge, designed by Iranian architect Leila Araghian, has won awards and been a huge hit with locals. The 270m long walkway connecting Park-e Taleghani and Park-e Abo-Atash over the busy Modarres Expwy is a fun space to relax and, in good weather, it provides superb views of the north Tehran skyline against the Alborz Mountains.

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