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    Ardabil is the administrative centre of Ardabil Province. The city was inhabited in Sassanid and Achaemenid eras. After the Arab's conquest of Iran (654-661) Ardabil became the capital of Azarbaijan, but it was once again destroyed by the Mongols. The city is best known as the birthplace of Sheikh Safi ad-Din (1251-1334) from whom the Safavid dynasty was descended. Sheikh Safi was the founder of a... read more
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    Bam and Mahan
    Built on a large rock mass, the historical Citadel of Bam has been a strategic stronghold in the desert from period BC till the middle of the 19th century. Now it is a city moulded in the red clay of the Great Iranian Desert, Dashty-e Kavir. It is the world's largest mud citadel similar to a large European castle, except the fact that the material is not stone but mud brick. The ancient Bam, whi... read more
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    Hamadan is one of the oldest cities of not only Iran but in the world. Hamadan is one of the cradles of Oriental civilisation with legendary background. The city was founded by king of the Medes in 700 BC. In Ekbatana, the ancient name of Hamadan, there was a majestic palace containing seven castles, which had thousand rooms and equalled that of the Babylon Tower in its grandeur. The city was the ... read more
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    Isfahan was founded in the old times as a garrison town. The city was captured by the Arabs in the 7th century. It was chosen as the capital of the Deylaman and Seljuk dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries. In the 13th century Isfahan was occupied by the Mongols and in the 14th century by Tamerlane. It flourished at Safavid era (16th century) and was a famous trade centre of that time. It was n... read more
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    Kashan is one of the ancient cities of Iran, founded around 559 BC. Kashan is famous for its ceramic tiles, pottery, textiles, carpets and silk. The city is one of the most important archaeological sites in central Iran. Kashan was the favourite town of Shah Abbas I and he beautified it and asked to be buried here in the mausoleum of a 13th century ancestor. Sightseeing and excursions M... read more
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    The land of mountains and deserts in a beautiful natural setting, Kerman has a long history. Having driven its name from the tribe of Germanioi, it is believed to have been founded in the early 3rd century AD by Ardashir I, founder of the Sassanian dynasty. Beginning from the 7th century it was ruled in turn by the Arabs, the Seljuks, the Turkomans and the Mongols. Marco Polo mentioned the skill o... read more
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    Kermanshah is the administrative centre of Kermanshah Province. The town is one of the liveliest market-centres of the province, where a large number of Kurds and mountain peasants once famous as warriors can be met. These Kurds still speak their own language and remain faithful to their testamentary traditions: the men wear large turbans on their heads and black dungarees tight at the waist and a... read more
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    Kish Island
    Located on the north-east of the Persian Gulf and with an area of 90 square km, Kish is one of the most marvellous islands in the Persian Gulf, attracting the attention of many tribes and nations since time immemorial. Kish has a long history of about 3,000 years, being called under different names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata and Ghiss in the course of time. Before the Revolution it was dev... read more
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    Mashhad is the holiest city in Iran. The city grew around the legendary martyrdom of Imam Reza - the 8th Imam of the Shiite Muslims, who died in 817. It is interesting to know that the word Mashhad literally means place of martyrdom. In time this burial place began to attract Shiite pilgrims. What had been a small village grew around the Shrine into a small town, later known as Mashhad, but for ma... read more
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    The centre of the great Persian Empire, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenian and the showpiece of Achaemenian art, Persepolis (Capital of Persia, in Greek) is a historic treasure in Fars Province, 60 km to the north-east of Shiraz. The most important royal buildings were built by Darius the Great (521-468 BC) as the focus of the mighty Achaemenian Empire nearly 2500 years ago. The planning of... read more
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    Qazvin was the capital of Iran in the 16th century under the Safavid Tahmasb I. The city has been devastated by earthquakes more than once, and what remains is only a shadow of its former splendour, although there are some fine Safavid and Seljuk structures intact. Sightseeing and excursions
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    "The visitor forgets his homeland when in May he comes to Shiraz" - Saadi Shiraz is the administrative centre of Fars Province. Known as the city of Roses and nightingales, Shiraz is the cradle of Ancient Persian Civilisation. Kourosh I established the Achaemenid dynasty in this region in 553 BC, which after two centuries was overthrown by Alexander the Great. Today, the remains of the palaces... read more
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    Tabriz has a long history, it was the second largest city in Iran until the late 1960's and one of its former capitals. The old stone tablet of Sargon II, the Assyrian King with a reference to Tabriz referrers to a place called Tauri Castle and Tarmkis. The historians believe that this castle was situated on the site of the present Tabriz. It was the capital of Azarbaijan in the 3rd century AD. ... read more
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    Compared to Iran's other capitals Tehran is not an old city. Tehran was originally a village on the suburb of Rey, Iranian capital until Mongol invasion of the country in 1220 AD. Actually, very little is known of the origin and early history of Tehran. Presumably it may date back to the 9th century AD, but for the first few hundred years of its existence it was an insignificant town. Its developm... read more
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    The city Yazd is situated right in the centre of Iran and almost entirely surrounded by deserts. It has been an important station on the old caravan routes to Central Asia and India. Its history dates back to the time of Alexander the Great who praised the city, which he visited on his way to India. Some historians on the other hand, are of the opinion that Yazd derived its name from the founder... read more