News ID: 259809
Published: 1105 GMT October 06, 2019

Tehran, a global standard metropolitan city

Tehran, a global standard metropolitan city
IRNA

October 6 is marked as Tehran Day. Tehran is now the global standard metropolitan city. Agha-Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742–1797) selected Tehran as the desirable and pleasant place to live. Historians say that 230 years ago, he put the throne on his head at Golestan Palace and declared Tehran as the capital of Iran.

Of course, modern Tehran is far from the context of history in those days. Some still find it a pleasant and memorable, kind and generous city where living is desirable, IRNA wrote.

Though neither Iran’s oldest or prettiest city, the bustling metropolis of Tehran is not without its own compelling charm.

In the following lines, we will inform you of some of its tourist attractions:

 

Tehran Grand Bazaar

 

Let's spend an hour in the bustle of the Tehan Grand Bazaar, the heart of the country’s economy -- a market that is reminiscent of the Safavid, Zandieh and Qajar dynasties. At first glance, you might be surprised at the size and bustle of the market, but spending time in the marketplace can be a memorable experience. Right in the heart of the city, the Grand Bazaar is an essential visit for any tourist in Tehran.

In addition to architectural beauties, Tehran Grand Bazaar has had an uplifting history and has been present on all major historical events and played a major role in the country’s social and political developments.

There are two different stories of how and when the Tehran Grand Bazaar was built. One relates it to the time of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar (1831–1896) and the other attributes its construction to that of Shah Tahmasb (1514–1576) of the Safavid Dynasty.

 

Moghadam Museum

 

The Moghadam Museum in Tehran has a reputation as one of the most valuable historical houses in the world. The museum complex consists of the main building and a beautiful garden, safely hidden from street noise behind thick walls. The entrance of the museum is not easy to discover from the street, but it readily offers all its beauty to curious travelers who notice the modest door of the museum.

It is a luxurious example of the buildings built during Qajar Dynasty. Originally, it belonged to one of the city authorities titled Ehtesab-ol-Molk.

Later on, his son, Mohsen Moghadam, inherited the house and owned it together with his wife Salma. Besides being an architectural and cultural monument itself, the house is an incredible collection of priceless objects. In 2009, the house was restored and opened for the public as a museum.

 

Iranian Art Museum Garden

 

Iranian Art Museum Garden, known as "Sepahbod Garden", is located in the Elahieh district. Most of the museum's fame is due to its beautiful replicas of Iran's famous tourist attractions. It was totally renovated this year. After renovating the park, artisan shops and some cultural-art products, art workshops and a few other green spaces were added to the complex.

The main building of the museum, built in 1931, belonged to Ahmad Amir Ahmadi, lieutenant-general of Reza Shah Pahlavi (1878-1944), then his wife, Turan Mohajer Eslami.

This garden was owned by House of Cinema and was turned into Iranian Art Museum Garden in winter of 2006.

At present, what is seen in the Iranian Garden Museum is a replica and miniature of some important Iranian antiquities, historic tourist attractions, and voluminous artifacts. Alongside these works of art, you can take a stroll in the lively garden space and enjoy the blend of history, art, and nature.

 

Tabi’at Bridge

 

A 270-meter, three-level bridge connecting two parks in Tehran, the Tabi’at Bridge ( Nature Bridge) is probably the most beautiful piece of urban architecture built since the victory of the Islamic Revolution (1979).

Opened in 2014, the Tabi’at Bridge is a popular hangout for Iranians who come to enjoy a variety of dining options, views and relaxation areas. Even more incredibly, the Tabi’at Bridge was the brainchild of Iranian architecture student, Leila Araghian, who was only 26 at the time.

Winning design competitions all over the world — the Tabi’at Bridge should not be missed, and we can’t wait to see what Leila Araghian comes up with next!

 

Golestan Palace

 

The incredibly lavish Golestan Palace is considered a defining work of the Qajar Era thanks to the marriage of Persian craft architecture with Western influence.

That is probably why it was rewarded the UNESCO World Heritage Status.

The Palace is one of the oldest buildings in Tehran and when the Qajar family came into power in 1779 they made Tehran the capital of Iran — where it has stayed ever since. Glorious and outrageously excessive the Golestan Palace is one thing to do in Tehran you absolutely cannot skip.

 

Azadi Tower

 

An icon of Iran known around the world, the Azadi Tower, marks the west entrance to Tehran and is part of the Azadi Cultural Complex.

There is a museum underground which is included in your ticket you can either walk or take two elevators up the 45-meter tall structure. And yes, the entire thing is clad in cut marble so you can imagine how incredible it looks at sunset (though the views from the top are pretty incredible too!).

Built in 1971, this iconic tower fuses elements of Sassanid, Achaemenid, and modernist architecture.

Literally meaning ‘Freedom Tower’, the ivory-colored, Y-shaped building is situated in a park in west Tehran, and features a well laid out underground museum.

Though not as tall as the Milad Tower, it nevertheless boasts fantastic views of the city from the top floor.

 

   
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