Travel around Tehran

Tehran is a young capital for such an ancient country. In the Middles ages, it was just a small

settlement by comparison with the then historic capital and University city of Rey. Tehran only came to

prominence for the first time in 1759 as a result of its strategic situation, and has only been the capital of

Iran since 1795. Modern Tehran is currently in conflict with its recent history and a huge modernization

project. It is worth a trip however, to see some of its fascinating museums and national treasures. The

following sites are recommended to visit:

Carpet Museum: an exceptional collection of more than 100 pieces from all over Iran.

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National Museum: gives visitors a more global picture of the history of the country.

Glass and Ceramic Museum: not only impressive for the exhibits, but also for the building itself

which is an outstanding example of 19th century Persian architecture.

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National Jewels Museum: displays one of the most spectacular collections of treasures in the world

Saad Abad Complex palaces: a royal summer residence of the Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs set on a

spectacular wooded mountainside.

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Golestan Palace and gardens: Built during the Qajar period (1795-1925)

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Reza Abassi Museum: Named after one of the great artists of the Safavid period (1502-1722), the

museum contains works of different Persian miniaturist painters, from 17th century to the present day,

as well as a special selection of calligraphy from ancient Qurans.

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Tehran also has many parks, gardens, and more contemporary palaces which have now been turned

into museums, and of course, the very heartbeat of the city, the labyrinth-like bazaar with its many

boutiques, and hidden alleyways.

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