0625 GMT February 25, 2020
Tabriz is a major industrial hub and also offers handicrafts including, handwoven rugs and jewelry. Local confectioneries, chocolates, dried nuts, and traditional Tabriz cuisine are acclaimed throughout Iran.
The city boasts tourist attractions and historical monuments which lure many visitors.
These are some of the sights worth visiting when you plan to travel to the city.
Tabriz is considered to have the largest roofed bazaar in the world. The 15th-century bazaar has been registered as a world heritage site.
The present structure of the bazaar dates back to the penultimate years of the Zand dynasty (1750-79 CE).
The complex has high brick domes and arches. It includes several small bazaars, each designated for a specific guild and craft.
Carpet making is the main trade, but Tabriz is also renowned for its silverware and jewelry.
The spice bazaar, one of the most impressive in Iran, is an excellent place for picking up dried herbs.
Built in 1465, Kaboud (Blue) Mosque was among the most magnificent buildings of its era.
It took a further 25 years to cover every surface with blue majolica tiles and intricate calligraphy for which it’s so named. It survived one of history’s worst-ever earthquakes (1727), but collapsed in a later quake (1773). Its reconstruction finally started in 1951.
The brick monument is now complete, but the original blue exterior is only seen in its main entrance. The interior is also blue with missing patterns laboriously painted onto many lower sections around the few remaining patches of original tiles.
Qur’an Museum is located in Saheb-ol Amr Mosque in the central part of Tabriz. Rare and valuable copies of the holy Qur’an, pertaining to various eras are kept in the museum.
Sanjesh Museum lies obscured in the midst of mundane apartment blocks. The brilliantly-restored 160-year-old Qajar mansion is more interesting than its display of rococo German clocks and commercial scales.
This huge brick edifice — a landmark which cannot be missed — is a chunky remnant of the city’s citadel.
Criminals were once executed by being hurled from the top of the citadel walls.
This charming Qajar-era courtyard house is historically significant as a headquarters during the Constitution Movement (1906-11).
St. Mary’s Church
Tabriz has had a Christian community almost as long as Christians have existed. St. Mary’s is a 12th-century church mentioned by Venetian Merchant Traveler Marco Polo and once the seat of the regional archbishop.
The relatively central Sarkis Church serves the Armenian community. It’s hidden in a basketball court behind high white gates.
The German-designed Municipal Hall is a century-old Tabriz icon. It’s only open to the public during occasional exhibitions.
El Goli Park
The pleasant hillside garden and park of El Goli is a popular weekend resort spanning an area of 54,675 square meters.
Meaning ‘the people’s pool’ in local dialect, El Goli is situated southeast of Tabriz.
A hill on the eastern side of the park leads down to a pool via a set of steps, and a fountain from the top of the hill flows down to the pool. There is a grand two-story hexagonal building in the center of the pool resembling a small peninsula.
El Goli’s hexagonal building was severely damaged in1967. Hence, it was replaced with an identical structure in 1970.
El Goli was once a village on the outskirts of Tabriz but was gradually assimilated into the modern city. The purpose of El Goli’s pool seemed to provide villagers with a source of water to irrigate their fields.
The place has always been a popular spot for the locals, especially during the summer. Lately, it has attracted more tourists due to the construction of a 20-story hotel in its vicinity.