Tehran is the capital of Iran. Tehran, like all the world capitals is representative of modern life. In fact, if you visit Tehran, you can see beautiful palaces, museums and art galleries; as an example, it is very well known for visiting its numerous attractions such as Palace complexes for its kings of the past time, jewelry museum, other famous museums such as Iran’s first museum, Dizin, Tochal, Saadabad, Golestan, Persian handicrafts and its high quality delicious Iranian foods.
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Tehran is named by many experts the city of museums as you can get acquainted with the history of Iran and even the world by strolling and visiting several unique museums of this modern city. The shops of this metropolitan city are well stocked with every modern goods, as well as local handicrafts. Since most international flights land in Imam Khomeini Airport, the town has become an important distribution center for visitors from abroad. Furthermore, its status as a Capital City and commercial center attracts many businessmen and diplomats every year. So many international exhibitions are annually held in this large capital city of Iran As a result, most of the country’s hotels, both large and small, as well as tourist facilities have grown up in Tehran.Summer relaxation resorts and recreational centers are equally available for local and foreign travelers and tourists in and around Tehran: parks, reservoirs and banks of three major dams (Amir Kabir, equipped for water skiing, boating and swimming, Latyan, and Lar), mountain entertainment facilities north of Tehran, Towchal Tele-cabin, Damavand peak, bowling and other wholesome pastimes, the valleys of Jajrud and Karaj rivers (both a trout fisherman’s paradises), and the ski resorts of Dizin, Shemshak, and Ab-e Ali. Reception and accommodation facilities are so versatile in Tehran and its suburbs that they would no doubt suit the taste and choice of every tourist.
Carpet Museum of Iran
Not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art and also adjacent to Laleh Park, the Carpet Museum of Iran is one of the most rewarding of Tehran’s museums. Most of the carpets on display are from the 19th or 20th centuries; and photography is permitted though use of a flash is not.
The Golestan Palace (the Rose Garden palace) was the Qajar’s royal residence and stands as a monument to the excesses of the Qajar shahs. The palace includes several buildings that are open to the public. You can wander around the gardens and admire the painted tile work. The garden has a pavilion that shelters one of the best organized museums in Tehran. It showcases everything that makes up the basic originality of Iranian life in the various provinces of the country.
National Jewelry Museum
Located in the basement of the National Bank of Iran on Ferdowsi Avenue, in front of the embassies of Germany and Turkey, this is one of the best known museums in Iran. It displays an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world including many priceless pieces. The majority of the items on display were given to Safavid kings as gifts but many pieces were taken by Nader Shah on his conquest of India. These include the Darya-e Nur diamond, the Peacock Throne and the Jeweled Globe, other pieces include the crowns of the Qajar and Pahlavi Kings.
Niavaran Palace Complex
The Niavaran Palace Complex consists of several buildings and a museum. The Sahebqraniyeh (Kings Special Office) contains a collection of art, the Shah’s golden phone, and royal pistols. The Palace of the Qajar dynasty is also inside this complex. This palace was the primary residence of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Jahan-Nama Museum (Queens Private Museum) has more art plus archeological finds from Iran, Egypt and even Mexico.
One of the greatest Iranian School architecture, it is located down town, adjutant to Baharestan. Dating back to Qajar era, it is a 20800 m2 complex, built by the most famous architects of its time in 1795. The 8 minerat specially create a beautiful and unique scenery.
A City within a City: Tehran’s history as the capital dates back to the Ghajar time. Besides museums, palaces and mosques which are the mirror of a nation’s history, this bazaar of Tehran has its own fair share of the nation’s history.
Tehran’s bustling and crowded bazaar covers a huge area. There are also mosques, guesthouses, banks and even a fire station within the sprawling area in south Tehran which is covered by the bazaar district. The main business in Tehran’s grand bazaar takes place around noon (10-12) and between 5-7 pm in the evening. Visitors are encouraged to bargain over prices.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on the west side of the very lovely Laleh Park is a low-lying dun-brick building functioning as Tehran’s most important museum of contemporary art. Notice the skylights raised from the roof. Reminiscent of the “badgirs” of Yazd or Kashan, these allow the harsh sun to softly light the central sunken well of inner space – itself a modern interpretation of the cool underground havens of desert city residences. Labyrinthine corridors spin off the central hall and guide you through the history of modern Iranian art.
Saad Abad Palace
The Sadabad Palace is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran. The complex was firstinhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah lived there in the 1920s. And his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in the 1970s. After the Iranian Revolution, the complex became a museum. However, the current presidential palace is located adjacent to the Sa’d Abad compound. Sad Abad has 18 palaces, which 7 palaces had changed to museums.
Nation Palace: Shah Reza summer villa.
Nation Arts Museum (or Africa Museum): Situated in the Nation Museum are the dedications to the Shah from the Chinese, Indians and Africans.
Green Museum: Shah Reza Summer Palace.
Anthropology Search Museum: All kinds of Iranian customs, relating to the culture and civilization of ancient Iran are shown.
Military Museum: Equipment and Weapons from the Achamenian period to now.
Mir Emad Museum: Calligraphy Masterpieces of Mir Emad and other calligraphists.
Abkar Museum: Klara Abkar Paintings.
Behzad Museum (miniature): Hossein Behzad Paintings.
Fine Art Museum: 18th & 19th century European Paintings.
Water Museum: Keeping, restoring and revenue operation of water in Iran.
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Tehran’s hotels are also modern, luxury hotels in accordance with the world hotel standards. Due to holding main political summits of the country in this city and also because of holding international exhibitions, most hotels, especially Tehran’s 4 and 5 star hotels, have special amenities for the guests. Luxury rooms, conference halls with necessary facilities, equipped gyms and sports centers and international restaurants are among the main special features of accommodations in the city of Tehran.