On the roads in Iran
A Quick Glance at Hidden Gems
What do you recall when you hear the name Iran or Persia? At first, the names may conjure up images of colorful Persian rugs, adorable Persian cats, or even seductive Persian eyes. If the readers are a bit familiar with the history and culture of the Near East, they might think of cities such as Shiraz or Isfahan, and historical attractions like Persepolis and Pasargad (tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid dynasty). While the above mentioned are commonly associated with Iran, the main goal of this article is to focus on some of the lesser-known attractions of Iran.
Seljuk Minarets of Esfahan, Decorated City Guides
Minarets were used as observation posts or watchtowers and guided desert caravans towards the cities both in pre-Islamic as well as the post-Islamic periods. Nowadays they stand high and proud in the cities and their outskirts. They are of great significance both architecturally, and with their brick ornamentations, aesthetically.
Zanjan Province The Land of wonders
The Province of Zanjan is divided into mountains and fertile plains. This province has a mountainous climate characterized by cold snowy weather in the mountains and moderate climate on plains in the winter. In summer the weather is warm. The highest mountain summit is Takht-e-Soleyman Peak (about 3000 m) and Qezeloozoon Rood, Zanjan Rood, and AbharRood are the important rivers in the region along with several hot springs.
List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran
The World Heritage sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are places of importance for cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972 Iran accepted the convention on February 26, 1975, making its historic sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2019, twenty-four sites in Iran are included.
The Semnan charms enchant you
Semnan Province lies at the southern foothills of Alborz Mountain Range but as we move towards the south the elevated mountains dwindle into hills and flat plains. However, the lofty mountainous regions are covered by dense jungles and green plains, and many springs and rivers which have made it a recreational spot in the country. The climate in mountain peaks is cold, moderate at the foothills, and warm in the desert plains.
The Persian Qanat
Throughout the arid regions of Iran, agricultural and permanent settlements are supported by the ancient qanat system of tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground tunnels by gravity, often over many kilometers. The eleven qanats representing this system include rest areas for workers, water reservoirs, and watermills.
A historical Paradise in the north of Iran
Golestan Province is located northeast of Iran, bordering Turkmenistan to the north. Part of the Alborz Mountain Range stretches to Golestan from south and east. Kahkeshan Peak (3318m) is the highest mountain in the region. Golestan National Park preserves a rare collection of wildlife, 1350 herbal species and 302 animal species including Iranian mammals, are being protected there. The Mirza Bayloo Museum of Natural History was built east of Golestan National Park in 1983.
Mazandaran Province: An Earthly Paradise In North Of Iran
Mazandaran Province at the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake on earth, thanks ample jungles, green pastures and meadows and over a hundred species of rare plants enjoys diverse climates. The Alborz Mountain Range stands like a lofty wall between the south of the country and the Caspian Sea and Mazandaran. Mazandaran is divided into mountainous regions at the south and jungle-covered flatlands at the north.
Gilan a lush Paradise in North of Iran
Gilan has a humid subtropical climate and enjoys the heaviest rainfall in Iran. This province stretches from the western flank of Alborz Mountain Range to the plains of the Caspian Sea and joins Talesh Mountain Range at the northwest. The tallest mountain peak in Gilan is Mount Samamoos with 3689 m height. The capital city of the Province is Rasht and the main port of the region is Bandar-e-Anzali (EN: Port Anzali, previously called Bandar Pahlavi).
Iran's Special Natural Landscapes
What style of traveler are you?
The beauties of Isfahan's colored domes and Naghsh e Jahan sq seduce all travelers while they would be enchanted by the heavenly gardens of Shiraz. The historical monuments of Shiraz and the unique bas-reliefs of Achaemenian and Sassanid will guide you to the deep of Iran's history. You make marvel by Yazd's wind catchers, burial towers, and fire temples.
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