Tehran was a village between two main Iranian ancient cities named “Ray” and “Shemiranat”. Ray is known as Tehran’s mother. Finally, after being a crossroad for a long time, Agha Mohammad Khan from the Qajar dynasty chose Tehran as his kingdom’s capital. It remained the most important politic city till now so you can find many historical and modern places here.
So let’s start getting more familiar with the best places for visiting in this ancient half-modern populated beautiful city.
A masterpiece remained from the Qajar era that’s a complex of Iranian art and an inspiration European architectural art inspiration. It’s the oldest historical monument in Tehran. Visiting Golestan Palace gives you the chance to see not only a great glorious palace but also important historical Tehran museums like anthropology museum. Golestan Palace was granted the title of UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013.
You can enjoy both inside and the palace’s beautiful yard circled with the colorful walls and pools on the roads.
A two-floor bridge connecting “water and fire” and “Taleghani” parks over Modarres highway. It’s built in 2014 and designed by Ms. Araghian. This Bridge which has become one of Tehran’s symbols is a very beautiful place to have a delicate walk. Especially at nights, you can see colorful lightenings and rows of cars moving under where you’re walking. This bridge is 300 meters long and has a weight of about 2000 tons. It’s built on metal trusses with a 40 meters hight.
It’s also built in the Qajar era and was the king’s summer-quarter. It’s located in the most good-weather areas with a 300-hectare space. Today, the official residence of the President of Iran is located adjacent to the complex. The complex includes more than 180 hectares of natural forest, streets, qanats, galleries, mansions/ palaces, and museums.
You can find many beautiful museums in this complex like water, white (Pahlavi king’s palace), master Behzad, Farshchian (miniatures), books and scripts, anthropology and 7 others which were the kings and quins house someday.
Tochal is a summit in the north of Tehran which is 3962 meters high. It relates to the Alborz mountain chain. A very good place to see Tehran the whole city completely and also skiing in winter.
A luxury old area in the north of Tehran that’s called Tajrish, has a traditional bazaar. You can see the small shops in each other’s neighbors selling everything. You can find different types of pickles and kebab besides traditional Iranian handicrafts like kalamkari. The brick-made walls and dome-like ceilings make you feel like walking in about 100 years ago. While visiting this bazaar pay attention to the different smells. You can find natural spices.