Top 10 best tourist places in Iran

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There are many tourist spots in iran and most of them are their ancient religious heritage. Here are some of the best tourist places in Iran.

10. Pasargadae

Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenian dynasty; the ruins of the once great city are located in southwestern Iran. The main attractions of the city which is now in ruins are Tomb of Cyrus the Great, The Prison of Solomon, The Audience Hall of the Pasargadae Palace and The citadel of Pasargadae.

9. Lake Urmia

Lake Urmia is the largest lake in whole of the Middle East and is situated in northwestern Iran near the Turkish border.  The gigantic lake is spread over an area of around 2000 to 2300 square miles and is famous for the extreme salinity of its waters; just like the Dead Sea.

8. Soltaniyeh

The city of Soltaniyeh is the capital of the Zanjan Province and is located in north-western Iran. The 800-years old huge Dome of Soltaniyeh is now the city’s main attraction.

7. Chogha Zanbil

Chogha Zanbil is an antediluvian complex in Iran’s Khuzestan province. The complex is guarded by three homocentric walls. The city’s construction came to an abrupt end after the death of the King Untash-Napirisha

6. Shaking Minaret and the abandoned village

the minaret of Jomban popularly known as Shaking Minarets are located in the Isfahan Province in Iran. The towers got the name ‘shaking towers’ because when pushed they can actually move around 5 cms.

5. Chak-Chak – the holy place of Zoroastrians

Chak-Chak is a Holy site for the followers of the Zoroastrians religion; it is where the Zoroastrian religion was born. Zoroastrian was the Persia’s main religion until the Arab invasion. The site is situated near the city of Ardakan in Iran’s Yazd Province. Chak Chak serves as a pilgrimage point for Zoroastrians. Every year in June hundreds and thousands of Zoroastrians from around the world gather at the fire temple in Chak Chak.

4. Alamut Valley and the Castles of the Assassins

the Alamut region is located in the province of Mazandaran in the North of Iran. The valley of Alamut contains the ruins of more than 50 castles. These castles have collectively been given the name The Castles of the Assassins. According to a popular tale the Assassins didn’t receive their name because they killed anyone, but it was rather from the fact that they used to take hashish all the time and remained stone. However the other version of the tale that says that they were feared because they killed people in cold blood sounds more plausible.

3. Ancient Persepolis

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Persepolis is an ancient city and was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The city is located in Iran’s Fars province and is near the modern city of Shiraz. The Gate of All Nations, the Apadana Palace, the Throne Hall and the Tachara Palace stand among the remains of the city. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz

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The Tomb of Hafez and the nearby memorial hall, known as Hafezieh are two tribute structures built in the memory of the famous Persian poet Khwaja Shamsu d-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi. The tomb, the gardens, and the memorials to other well known figures attract thousands of tourists to Shiraz every year.

1. Naqsh e Jahan Square

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Naqsh-e Jahan Square also known as the Imam Square is located in the center of Iranian city Isfahan. The square was completed in 1629, it is now one of the most popular historical sites in Iran, and it is also on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The square is surrounded on all sides by other sites of importance that include the Shah Mosque on the south side,  The Ali Qapu Palace in the west, The Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in the east and Isfahan’s Grand Bazaar in the north.

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