Let us set our journey into the world where the days are still bestowing their brightness into the hearts of people and no one’s living on the bit of their despair given through by darkness. People of Persia have learned for more than 2500 years and it’s been through witnessing what their ancestors left for them that they have turned into these strong, unified people who love to help and grant happiness to their friends and acquaintances. These ancient legacies are scattered in almost all provinces of today’s Iran; yet, you’ll be able to find some of these provinces wealthier than the others. That’s why cities like Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kashan, and Tehran are most popular among tourists.
In this virtual tour, we’re going to visit some of the most famous attractions and UNESCO’s world heritage sites in 4 major cities of Iran. We’re going to embark on our virtual expedition in Isfahan, the art gallery of Iran in the size of a city and we will continue our journey into the cities of Shiraz and Yazd, and we finally call it to an end in the Capital city of Iran, Tehran.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
As you’re standing on the terrace of Ali Qapu, the gorgeous doom of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque stands right in front of you and invites you to a sacred tour within its walls.
To create such great masterpieces, miracles have happened and political factors had a significant effect on them. In the Safavid era, when the Persian Empire and the Ottoman Empire were in a second war in 1605, the old Jolfa (in Azerbaijan) had turned into the battlefields and as Shah Abbas knew he had no chance in front of the enemy, he decided to withdraw from enemy forces and took the policy of transference of local people to the capital. Therefore, a large number of Armenians including the residents in Jolfa Were brought to the capital where they shaped their own community and merged their culture in the greater Islamic, Persian culture. The result of that was the stunning Vank Cathedral in the middle of a neighborhood called New Jolfa, observe this awe-striking mixture with your own eyes.
While visiting Isfahan, it might be also a good idea to visit the place in which the history and evolution of music in Iran have been exhibited. The various musical instruments behind the glasses will definitely catch your attention? Enjoy the sound of traditional Persian music while gazing at these enthralling showcases.
Arg of Karim Lhan
Nasir al Molk Mosque
Tomb of Hafez
Amir Chakhmaq Square
Like that of Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan, Amir Chakhmaq Square is the most important urban area to the locals in Yazd where they gather to celebrate or commemorate great events. Among these significant events is the notable commemoration devoted to the grief upon Imam Husayn and his family’s death in the tragic day of Ashura. The epic Hussainiya in the middle of this square hosts these rituals every year.
Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd
However, the history of Yazd goes beyond Islam and enfolds the oldest monotheistic religion, Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrians believe that fire represents their wisdom and light of God, and fire temples are where the worshipers gather for their prayers. No great number of Zoroastrians are left, but Yazd is one of the cities with most of them and you can find amazing places related to the Zoroastrians. One of these ancient heritages is Atashkadeh-e Yazd which is a fire temple honored to house a fire belonging to the fifth century. There are interesting objects and documents exhibited in different parts of the temple and you might enjoy taking a look at them as well.
Sahed Al-Zaman Zoorkhaneh
This antiquity has surprisingly had a touch in every aspect of people’s lives such as in social and cultural aspects. This vision has made ancient sports of higher values in these communities. Zurkhaneh is a house in which Iranians practice their ancient sports and you’ll be able to find these houses almost everywhere since all Iranians value their traditional principles and ancient legacies. Saheb Al-Zaman Zurkhaneh in Yazd is one of the most famous ones and taking part in their practices is quite an authentic experience.
National Museum of Iran
Carpet Museum of Iran
Actually, there are many museums in Tehran among which some might be more interesting to you depending on your own tastes. However, the patterns and pictures knotted among threads of hand-woven carpets have always played with the eyes of visitors. The Carpet Museum includes instances that have survived ages and have come to tell us their tales of the hard times.
Before ending this imaginative journey, we must be careful not to miss the amazing symphony of colors on the walls of Golestan Palace. Being the center of government during the Pahlavi Dynasty, Tehran enfolds a number of palaces belonging to the royal family in different parts of the city. Each of these Palaces is exceptionally beautiful and worth a visit. The gorgeous Golestan Palace also enchants visitors with its epic architecture and wonderful patterns. You have to witness this beauty with your own eyes.