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Tehran Guide

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Monuments



Azadi Tower. has been the longstanding symbol of Tehran. It was constructed to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian empire, combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. The entrance of the tower is directly underneath the main vault and leads into the Azadi Museum on the basement floor. Admission for foreigners: IRR 150,000.


Tehran City Theater (Tehran Theater of the Performing Arts; Te'atr e Shahr), Enqelab Ave., Valiasr Ave., ☎ 982166460592 ,982166460594. Architect Ali Sardar Afkhami designed the main building in the 1960s, later expanded.


Baharestan. the historic Iranian parliament building, inaugurated in 1906.


Senate of Iran (Kakh-e Majles-e Sena). Designed by architect Heydar Ghiaï, the construction was led by Rahmat Safai. The dome is one of the most technically challenging projects in the entire endeavor.


Khaneh Honarmandan (Artists' House), South of Honar Park, North Mousavi Ave., Taleqani Ave., Tehran, ☎ +982188310457 (fax: +982188311600),


Tughrul Tower. a 12th-century monument, located in the city of Rey, Iran. Tuğrul Tower is near Rashkan castle.


Shah-Abdol-Azim shrine, Rey. contains the tomb of: ‘Abdul ‘Adhīm ibn ‘Abdillāh al-Hasanī (aka. Shah Abdol Azim). Shah Abdol Azim was a fifth generation descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī and a companion of Muhammad al-Taqī. He was entombed here after his death in the 9th century.


Toopkhaneh (Imam Khomeini Square; Tūpkhūneh; Cannon House). a major town square (Maidan-e Toopkhaneh) and a neighborhood in the south of the central district of Tehran.


Ibn Babawayh Cemetery (Ibn-e Baabevey), Rey.


Grand Bazaar (Bâzâr Bozorg-e Tehrân), (South of Tehran. (''Metro: Panzdah-e-khordad''). The main entrance is on 15 Khordad Ave.). A historical market. The Grand Bazaar is located in southern Tehran; its many corridors are over 10 km in length. There are several entrances, some of which are locked and guarded at night free.


Milad Tower. Milad tower is the fourth tallest tower in the world and 12th tallest freestanding structure in the world, and it is visible from almost everywhere in Tehran. Note that tickets to enter the observation lounge must be reserved in advance. There is a rotating restaurant at 390m above the ground, which has become one of the most expensive restaurants in the country.


Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, (Metro: Haram-e-Motahar, on the southern edge of the city). Free.




Museums

Tehran has more than 50 museum and 100 art galleries.



Treasury of the National Jewels, (Ferdosi St, near the corner of Jomhuriyeh Eslami Ave; inside the Iranian Central Bank). Saturday to Tuesday from 2PM to 4:30PM. The largest collection of jewels found anywhere in the world. You'll get to see the collection of jewels including Darya-e-Noor diamond, the sister diamond to the Kuh-e-Noor diamond. Other highlights include the world's largest uncut ruby and a free standing golden globe made from 34 kilograms of gold and an astounding 51,366 precious stones.Admission: IRR200,000 for tourists. Free tours (with paid admission) are given in English


Holy Defense Museum, Sarv st. Haqqani exp. Vanak square, Tehran, Iran, ☎ 2188657026, [4]. Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.A full experience of Iranian military history. The government has spared no expense on audio visual techniques, and a guide will escort you throughout the museum explaining in English the various exhibits (signs throughout are also in English). Outside see tanks, rockets and other vehicles of significant historical importance. Admission: IRR360,000 "Admission:.


National Museum of Iran, 30 Tir Ave, Emam Khomeini Ave, [5]. Contains some of the most precious and significant artefacts from ancient Persia (dating back to 5000BC) and post-Islamic Persia (800AD). The must sees are the Salt Man, a prince who was naturally mummified in a salt mine for 2000 years. His clothes and jewels are still intact. Furthermore, there are statues of Parthian kings and there are many examples of Persian columns and structures. The building itself is a masterpiece from 1930s Iran. Admission pré-Islamic part: IRR 300,000 for foreigners, IRR 50,000 for Iranians. Admission Islamic part: IRR 200,000 for foreigners.


Golestan Palace. the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran. The Complex consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls. The Golestan (Rose Garden) citadel is one of mainly visited places in Tehran, which was the Qajars' royal residence, and its garden is an oasis of coolness and peace in the heart of the city. The major building, architecturally unpretentious, houses a museum with objects from the Qajar period in the self-important style of last century. In the Golestan garden, a one-story pavilion to the right and a short distance from the entrance, shelters one of the best organized museums in Tehran. It encloses about thirty showcases presenting almost everything related to Iran, which makes up the critical originality of Iranian life in the a variety of provinces of the country. Entrance to the various halls and museums is charged separately. Costs 940,000 IRR (November 2016) if you want to see everything


Niavaran Palace. is a historical complex which consists of several buildings and a museum. The Sahebqraniyeh Palace, from the time of Naser al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty, is also located inside the complex.


Abgineh Museum (Glassware Museum), (No.75, 30th of Tir Ave., Jomhuri Ave.), ☎ +982166708153, 982166708154. prehistoric Glass and Ceramics


Sa'd Abad Gallery of Fine Arts.


Carpet Museum & National Rug Gallery. exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over Iran, dating from 18th century to present. It has a library that contains 7,000 books.


Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Features the works of great artists such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The collection of these paintings were selected by the former Empress Farah Diba. Do not expect to see these works as they are kept in the cellar most of the time. The museum is used mostly for exhibits of Iranian and Arab artists.


Darabad Museum of Natural History. Iran's most famous museum for nature and wildlife


Saadabad Palace. is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran.The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century.Currently, parts of the Saadabad Palace compound are museums, in which visitors can roam through and look at the rich history of Iran.


Time Museum, No. 12, Baqdadi St., Zaferanieh St., Vali Asr Ave., ☎ +98 21 241 7336/7. The 700 Sq. m building is situated in a 6000 Sq. m garden. It is embellished with various dazzling Iranian arts and crafts such as ornamental brickwork, arched ceiling decorated with painting, plasterwork, tile work, nodular wood work and stone work. The garden includes biological clocks, sundials, and geologic measures of time. The building includes mechanical clocks, watches, and calendars.


Money Museum, Mirdamad street. Coins and banknotes from different historic periods.


National Arts Museum, (Baharestan district)


National Library of Iran.


Malek National Museum and Library.


Negarestan Garden, Daneshsara st., Baharestan square. A big and beautiful garden and art gallery with an impressive collection of paintings created by contemporary Iranian painters, just next to Baharestan square. A wonderful place to spend a few hours and get some rest and enjoy the fresh air among the trees in the garden. 4000 tomans.




Parks



Jamshidieh Park which is in the Niavaran district at the base of the Kolakchal Mountain, is one of the most picturesque and beautiful parks in Tehran.


Niavaran Park is one of Tehran's famous and most pleasant public city parks. It is located within the Niavaran district and is situated immediately south of the Niavaran Palace Complex.


Park Mellat (Literally the Nation's Park) is situated on Valiasr Street (the longest street in the Middle East) is the largest park in Tehran situated in close proximity to the national television headquarters.


Ab-o-Atash Park; Taleghani Park; Tabiat Bridge, Modarres Highway, Abbas Abad Lands, Tehran.




Bazaars and shopping malls


Visit the Bazar, very appropriate for shopping. It ranges from cheap things to very expensive luxury things. You can find almost anything in Bazar, from clothing to carpets, kitchen accessories, decoratings, jewellery....

When in the Bazar, don't miss out the 'Sharafol-eslam' restaurant located in the Bazar. It is very famous for its kebabs and chickens, excellent food, excellent quality, you'll never have enough. It gets really crowded though, which requires some patience.

There are also numerous shopping malls in the city. Valiasr Street and Tajrish Square (also includes a traditional bazaar) are two of the many locations full of shopping centres in Tehran. Some of the great Tehran Shopping Malls and Centers are listed below:


Milad-e Nour Shopping Center, Shahrak-e Gharb district


Tandis Center, Tajrish neighbourhood


Golestan Shopping Center, Shahrak-e Gharb district


Tirajeh Shopping Mall, Ashrafi Esfehany Blv


Palladium Mall, Moqadas Ardabili St. The confectionery store next to the supermarket is perfect for shopping souvenir sweets. Though on the pricey side by Iranian standards, the quality of the sweets is also high. Look out for the Tehranis who are wearing traditional black chadoors; they are a distinct minority among the well-to-do clientele of this ultra-modern mall.


Zafaranieh Plaza, Zaferaniyeh St.


Donyayeh-Noor Shopping Center, Resalat Highway


Mega Mall, Sattari Highway


Modern Elahieh Tower, Modarres Highway


Sam Center, Parkway Bridge