Egypt has the Pyramids; Turkey, the Hagia Sophia; UAE, the Burj Khalifa. What does Iran have to offer? Can you think of an iconic Iranian landmark worthy of standing alongside these greats?
If nothing comes to mind, take a look at these 10 must-see locations in Iran. Iran is chock-full of wonders, each worthy of global recognition and pride. It’s up to you to choose which one.
If ancient ruins are your thing, Persepolis is the place for you.
Considered as the ceremonial capital of the First Persian Empire, Persepolis dates back to 515 BC. But when Alexander the Great set foot in this city, it didn’t stand a chance. Looted and razed to the ground, Persepolis lost its glory.
But today, the remains and ruins of this ancient city are spectacular sights to behold.
Like Persepolis, Pasargadae is a city of ancient ruins. Here you’ll find the noteworthy Tomb of Cyrus the Great, the Prison of Solomon, remnants of the Citadel, and many other excavated palaces.
If you have an eye for design and detail, the Golestan Palace will capture your heart. Located in Iran’s capital Tehran, the Golestan Palace is a vast complex of 17 structures showcasing grand and ornate Persian architecture. As you walk through its halls, rooms and gardens, you’ll get a taste of Persia’s golden years.
The Pink Mosque
What’s your take on the color pink? Do you like it? Or do you hate it?
If you like it, the Pink Mosque will make you love it. If you hate it, the Pink Mosque might change your mind. Once you step inside, you’ll understand where it got its nickname. A hundred shades of pink awaits you.
Also known as Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, the Pink Mosque boasts of breathtaking colored glass designs, ornate mosaics, and classical Persian architecture.
Wonder how the upper-class lived during the 19th century? The Qavam House will give you a taste of how it was. This historical house showcases a sprawling garden, sophisticated interiors, and Victorian-inspired architecture.
Tomb of Hafez
A venerated poet, Hafez continues to influence the lives of Iranians today. His tomb attracts not only tourists, but locals who seek guidance from his words.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Warm up your leg muscles before heading to Naqsh-e Jahan Square. A day is not enough to explore this destination. Known to many as Imam Square or Shah Square, this tourist spot is surrounded by four other must-see sights: Ali Qapu Palace, Lotfollah Mosque, Shah Mosque, and the Imperial Bazaar.
Aside from well-preserved historical structures, Iran is known for its grandiose Persian gardens. Spanning 2.3 hectares, the Fin Garden is a perfect example. It’s also the oldest garden in Iran.
Amir Chakhmaq Complex
No structure displays the beauty of symmetrical sunken alcoves better than the Amir Chakhmaq Complex. This 15th century attraction brings together distinctive Persian architecture elements. Explore the mosque, bathhouse, tekyeh, and caravanserai.
The best time to visit: late in the afternoon. Watch it transform as day turns into night.
The Azadi Tower is a colossal structure jutting out of Tehran’s skyline. Also known as the Freedom Tower, this monument commemorates the 2500th anniversary of the Persian empire. It’s made of 8,000 marble blocks, geometrically cut and carved to achieve this majestic symbol of Iran.
One could certainly argue the greatness of these locations in Iran are equally stunning and memorable as any great wonder of the world. Why not check it out for yourself?