UNESCO Heritage

UNESCO Heritage

IRAN with 22 cultural heritage sites is one of the 10 countries with the most Cultural Heritage Sites in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

22 world heritage sites in Iran have already been registered in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage: Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, Bam and its Cultural Landscape, Bisotun , Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Golestan Palace, Gonbad-e Qabus, Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan , Meidan Emam Esfahan, Pasargadae , Persepolis , Shahr-i Sokhteh , Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Soltaniyeh , Susa, Tabriz Historical Bazaar Complex, Takht-e Soleyman, Chogha Zanbil, Iranian Qanats, Loot desert,Persian Garden as well as Yazd city.

Museum of Water

"Water Museum" in the city of Yazd is one of the most valuable architectural monuments and currently the world's most unique water museum . The museum and monument features are in five floors with canals of hundreds of years old age. There is a “well-house” on the rooftop of the building which was used to pull water from it to fill the cistern on the ground floor. Historical items showcased at the museum include items used to dig canals, tools and devices to measure the volume of water, lighting...

Global Yazd

In the heart of the central desert in Iran, beside a branch of Silk Road , lies the historic city of Yazd ; A labyrinth of narrow alleys among age-long houses, of adobe and mud bricks, popular for wind catchers or Badgir -a traditional system of ventilation for hot summer days-, Qanats -the traditional underground irrigation system to transfer water from miles away to the city-, Bazars , Baths , Mosques , Synagogues , Zoroastrian temples , and the historic garden of Dowlat Abad , to name merely...

Yazd Zoroastrian Fire Temple
The Oldest Surviving Zoroastrian Fire

Bahram F ire Temple Or Vararam Fire Temple in Yazd is one of the premises of the Zoroastrians, consists of buildings and tree-lined garden and has been built in recent centuries. The building construction dates back to the Pahlavi I era and its architecture is mainly inspired by the Achaemenid arts and architecture. The main building is located in the center of the courtyard and surrounded by tall cypress, pines and evergreen trees. A large circular pool at the center of entrance makes a certain...

Kabir Grand Mosque of Yazd
Built in 100 Years, Lasted 900 Years

Kabir Grand Mosque of Yazd , is a treasury of Islamic art and architectural designs. Its primary building was founded by “Aala al-Doleh Kalijar" on top of an ancient fire temple, 900 years ago. The current structure of the building was initially founded by “Amir Ala-o-Doleh Garshasb” and "Sayed Rukn al-Din Mohammad Ghazi”, in Muzaffarid and Timurid era. Two beautiful minarets and a high entrance as well as magnificent tile works , two inscriptions in Kufi and Sols calligraphy, double shell dome...

Persian Gardens, Real Paradise on Earth

Diverse designs and exclusive architectural style of the Persian Gardens try to portrait the image of the Garden of Eden (basically Paradise on Earth) taking four of major elements in Zoroastrianism , namely sky, earth, water and plants into consideration. Persian Garden is considered as a significant example of Persian culture in the world and enjoys three structures and a unique design. Firstly, it is located on the way of a water stream, secondly, it is surrounded by high walls, thirdly, ther...

Islamic Architecture

Grand Mosque of Isfahan

The Grand Mosque of Isfahan ( Jame Mosque /Friday Mosque) is a magnificently exquisite building which is comprised of elements from different Islamic eras. Technically and artistically, it is regarded as the most important and the oldest religious structure in Iran which enjoys a global reputation. The mosque is one of the largest and the most mysterious mosques in the Muslim world which was built...

Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah & Shrine Ensemble

Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili Mausoleum (famous poet and mystic) is the largest and richly ornamented Khanegah (Khaneghah) that was constructed by employment of traditional Iranian architecture and inspiration of Sufist philosophy. Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili’s, the ancestor of Safavid kings, mausoleum is an artistic and architectural masterpiece that was built by Sadr Al-Din Mousa, Sheikh’s son, in...

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Historical square of Naqsh-e Jahan (literally translating "Image of the World Square”) is one of the largest, most beautiful and magnificent squares in the world. It was built in a garden named Naqsh-e Jahan (dating back to the Seljuk era) in a rectangle area by order of the first Shah Abbas Safavid during his lifetime. The square is the second largest square in Isfahani architecture method during...

Soltaniyeh Dome, World's 3rd Tallest Dome

The Soltaniyeh historical dome, the largest brick dome in the world, was built by order of Sultan Mohammad Khodabandeh (Oljeitu) in Soltaniyeh city, the capital of the Ilkhanate dynasty from 1302 to 1312. This mausoleum is an artistic masterpiece of Iranian and Islamic architect, which was built in Azari architectural method and was the first building to present the clear evolution of Seljuk archi...