Iran 360 Virtual Cultural Expedition

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.

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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.

Itinerary

Isfahan

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Isfahan has always been the place where people seek to find out about the golden history of Iran and the evolution of culture, history, and art when blended with the aesthetic flavor of Islam. Naqsh-e Jahan square is a whole different world in the middle of this city, the place in which you travel in time and witness great developments in time. This enchanting square brings the most significant of masterpieces together. Ali Qapu palace is one of these masterpieces which is an ancient heritage of the Safavid kings. Walk in this palace, enjoy the scenic view of Naqsh-e Jahan square from the terrace and discover the amusing patterns and figures hiding in the last floor.

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.

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Vank Cathedral

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.

Music Museum

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.

Shiraz

Perspolis

Now, let us resume our journey into the heart of ancient Persia where the fields had the honor to carry the weight of the great Achaemenid kings. Fars province is adorned by historical treasures and its capital, Shiraz, is known to be the homeland to the most beautiful flowers, nightingales, and the fragrance of spring blossoms. Persepolis and what has survived the great fire of Alexander the great in its structure tells you the stories of Cyrus and what his palace had hosted during the golden age of the Persian Empire. Here, you get to read tales of history carved among the pillars and stones, patterns that have preserved their essence although they can be counted as ruins. Walking among these remains is itself a journey in time.

Arg of Karim Lhan

But this province was not chosen to be the capital only to the Achaemenid Empire, but it also belonged to another nourishing era, the Zand Dynasty. Karim Khan built a great citadel to display his eye-catching power and grandeur and so named it after himself. Arg-e Karim Khan is an amazing sample of Persian architecture, holding within itself, a Persian-style garden of bitter oranges that drive every visitor crazy with the fragrance of their blossoms in spring.

Nasir al Molk Mosque

Iran is a Muslim country and you know while traveling to this country that a large number of what you might visit includes different mosques in different cities. You might also have heard of a mosque which is known as the pink mosque and you wonder “Why would a mosque be famous for a color? And why would it be pink? It’s weird”. However, if you visit Nasir al Molk mosque in Shiraz and step inside its praying hall, you’ll find pink the mosque a sensibly perfect alternative name for it; just pay attention to the sacred dance of the light and colors.

Tomb of Hafez

Shiraz has embraced the name of many great figures in the classical and romantic literature of Persia. Hafez is the most notable among these literary figures who played a significant role in excelling Persian poetry and people believe that they owe him a great debt. So, they let his literature enter their lives and they consult his advice in his poems, the Divan, on every occasion. Many people have faith in his strong verses and his fortune-telling cards. His mausoleum is one of the most beautiful places to find tranquility and a little bit of poetic atmosphere.
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Yazd

Alexanders Prison

While traveling deeper and deeper into the history and culture of Iran, we shall not pass Yazd without visiting its most notable attractions. Yazd does not boast only of its historical attractions scattered all around the city, But it offers a deeper level of historical scent in its very structure. A great part of the city is still preserving its traditional fabric and people live and walk among these old mud-brick walls. In the old city of Yazd, traditional neighborhoods have come together to depict the amazing combination of wind catchers and mud-brick domes above the surface of the earth; strolling among these lanes and watching all the amazing places around them like Alexander’s Prison will suit your fancy.

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.

Tehran

National Museum of Iran

While traveling deeper and deeper into the history and culture of Iran, we shall not pass Yazd without visiting its most notable attractions. Yazd does not boast only of its historical attractions scattered all around the city, But it offers a deeper level of historical scent in its very structure. A great part of the city is still preserving its traditional fabric and people live and walk among these old mud-brick walls. In the old city of Yazd, traditional neighborhoods have come together to depict the amazing combination of wind catchers and mud-brick domes above the surface of the earth; strolling among these lanes and watching all the amazing places around them like Alexander’s Prison will suit your fancy.

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.

Golestan Palace

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.

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