Historical Places of Iran

As the seat of one the most ancient civilizations, the historical places of Iran captures an era which dates back to over 6000 years. The most prominent works of the Islamic period are mosques, shrines, castles and Bazaars in different cities of Iran.

The various historical places of Iran include the ruins of the Pasargadae city, remains of Takht- e-Jamshid (Persepolis) palaces and fire temples among many others. These historical places document Iran's rich culture and traditions of the bygone age.

Pasargadae City
This archaeological site was a city in ancient Persia, and its ruins lie 87 km northeast of Persepolis, in Fars province of Iran. Pasargadae city was the first capital of the Persian Empire was built by Cyrus the Great. The city continued to be the Persian capital until Darius started assembling another in Persepolis.

The historical site of Iran encompasses an area of 1.6 square kilometers, and includes a structure believed to be the mausoleum of Cyrus. It also includes the fortress of Tall-e Takht and the remnants of two royal palaces and gardens. The gardens offer an illustration of the Persian chahar bagh, or four-fold garden design.

The tomb of Cyrus the Great is without doubt the most important monument in Pasargadae. Other attractions in Pasargadae city are a royal ensemble of gatehouse, audience hall, and the residential palace.

Tchogha Zanbil
Tchogha Zanbil encloses the remains of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, bordered by three huge concentric walls. This leading historical site was founded in 1250 century B.C. The city remained incomplete subsequent to the invasion of Ashurbanipal, as demonstrated by the several unused bricks left at the site.

The historical site of Takht-e Soleyman, in north-western Iran, is located in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region and comprises of the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary. It is an important tourist attraction and constitutes an excellent ensemble of royal architecture, which was created by the Sasanians.

The designs of this historical site have greatly influenced the development of Islamic architecture.

TSoltaniyeh is an important historical site in Iran and the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty which houses the mausoleum of Oljaytu. This architectural splendor is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran and is situated in the Zanjan province. The mausoleum of Oljaytu was built in 1302-12 and its interior is so exceptional, that many scholars have described it as "anticipating the Taj Mahal." Soltaniyeh is one of the major historical places of Iran and also an important tourist attraction.


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