Tehran tourist attractions
- Azadi Tower. has been the longstanding symbol of Tehran. It was constructed to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian empire, combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. The entrance of the tower is directly underneath the main vault and leads into the Azadi Museum on the basement floor.
- Tehran City Theater (Tehran Theater of the Performing Arts; (Te'atr e Shahr), Enqelab Ave., Valiasr Ave., ☎ 982166460592 ,982166460594. Architect Ali Sardar Afkhami designed the main building in the 1960s, later expanded.
- Baharestan. the historic Iranian parliament building, inaugurated in 1906.
- Senate of Iran (Kakh-e Majles-e Sena). Designed by architect Heydar Ghiaï, the construction was led by Rahmat Safai. The dome is one of the most technically challenging projects in the entire endeavor.
- Khaneh Honarmandan (Artists' House), South of Honar Park, North Mousavi Ave., Taleqani Ave., Tehran, ☎ +982188310457 (fax: +982188311600).
- Tughrul Tower. a 12th-century monument, located in the city of Rey, Iran. Tuğrul Tower is near Rashkan castle.
- Shah-Abdol-Azim shrine, Rey. contains the tomb of: ‘Abdul ‘Adhīm ibn ‘Abdillāh al-Hasanī (aka. Shah Abdol Azim). Shah Abdol Azim was a fifth generation descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī and a companion of Muhammad al-Taqī. He was entombed here after his death in the 9th century.
- Grand Bazaar (Bâzâr Bozorg-e Tehrân), (South of Tehran. (''Metro: Panzdah-e-khordad''). The main entrance is on 15 Khordad Ave.). A historical market. The Grand Bazaar is located in southern Tehran; its many corridors are over 10 km in length. There are several entrances, some of which are locked and guarded at night free.
- Milad Tower. Milad tower is the fourth tallest tower in the world and 12th tallest freestanding structure in the world, and it is visible from almost everywhere in Tehran. Note that tickets to enter the observation lounge must be reserved in advance. There is a rotating restaurant at 390m above the ground, which has become one of the most expensive restaurants in the country.
Tehran has more than 50 museum and 100 art galleries.
- Treasury of the National Jewels, (Ferdosi St, near the corner of Jomhuriyeh Eslami Ave; next to the Iranian Central Bank). Saturday to Tuesday from 2PM to 4:30PM. The largest collection of jewels found anywhere in the world. You'll get to see the collection of jewels including Darya-e-Noor diamond, the sister diamond to the Kuh-e-Noor diamond. Other highlights include the world's largest uncut ruby and a free standing golden globe made from 34 kilograms of gold and an astounding 51,366 precious stones. Admission: IRR150,000. Free tours (with paid admission) are given in English.
- National Museum of Iran, 30 Tir Ave, Emam Khomeini Ave. Contains some of the most precious and significant artefacts from ancient Persia (dating back to 5000BC) and post-Islamic Persia (800AD). The must sees are the Salt Man, a prince who was naturally mummified in a salt mine for 2000 years. His clothes and jewels are still intact. Furthermore, there are statues of Parthian kings and there are many examples of Persian columns and structures. The building itself is a masterpiece from 1930s Iran.
- Golestan Palace. the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran. The Complex consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls. The Golestan (Rose Garden) citadel is one of mainly visited places in Tehran, which was the Qajars' royal residence, and its garden is an oasis of coolness and peace in the heart of the city. The major building, architecturally unpretentious, houses a museum with objects from the Qajar period in the self-important style of last century. In the Golestan garden, a one-story pavilion to the right and a short distance from the entrance, shelters one of the best organized museums in Tehran. It encloses about thirty showcases presenting almost everything related to Iran, which makes up the critical originality of Iranian life in the a variety of provinces of the country.
- Niavaran Palace is a historical complex which consists of several buildings and a museum. The Sahebqraniyeh Palace, from the time of Naser al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty, is also located inside the complex.
- Abgineh Museum (Glassware Museum), (No.75, 30th of Tir Ave., Jomhuri Ave.), ☎ +982166708153, 982166708154. prehistoric Glass and Ceramics.
- Carpet Museum & National Rug Gallery exhibits a variety of Persian carpets from all over Iran, dating from 18th century to present. It has a library that contains 7,000 books.
- Reza Abbasi Museum named after Reza Abbasi, one of the artists in the Safavid period. The collections of this museum belong to a period from the 2nd millennium BC to the early 20th century.
- Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Features the works of great artists such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The collection of these paintings were selected by the former Empress Farah Diba.
- Darabad Museum of Natural History. Iran's most famous museum for nature and wildlife.
- Saadabad Palace is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran.The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century.Currently, parts of the Saadabad Palace compound are museums, in which visitors can roam through and look at the rich history of Iran.
- Time Museum, No. 12, Baqdadi St., Zaferanieh St., Vali Asr Ave., ☎ +98 21 241 7336/7. The 700 Sq. m building is situated in a 6000 Sq. m garden. It is embellished with various dazzling Iranian arts and crafts such as ornamental brickwork, arched ceiling decorated with painting, plasterwork, tile work, nodular wood work and stone work. The garden includes biological clocks, sundials, and geologic measures of time. The building includes mechanical clocks, watches, and calendars.
- Money Museum, Mirdamad street. Coins and banknotes from different historic periods.
- Bagh-e Ferdows (The Mohammadieh Palace), Tajrish, Shemiran, North Tehran, between Zafaraniyeh and Jafar Ābād. It is part of a palace complex consisting of two castles, the North Castle and the South Castle, of which the former has decayed. Since 2002, it houses Film Museum of Iran.
- National Arts Museum, (Baharestan district).
- Tehran City Theater (Tehran Theater of the Performing Arts; Te'atr e Shahr), Enqelab Ave., Valiasr Ave., ☎ 982166460592 ,982166460594. Architect Ali Sardar Afkhami designed the main building in the 1960s, later expanded.
- Talar Vahdat Theater.
- Iran-shahr Theater, South of Honar Park, North Mousavi Ave., Taleqani Ave., Tehran, ☎ +982188814115 , +982188814116.
Zoos & Botanical gardens
- National Botanical Garden of Iran, Shahid Goudarzi Ave., Peykanshahr exit, Tehran-Karaj Highway (Km 5), ☎ +982144195901-5; +982144787297 , +982144787595;,. Its area is about 150 hectares and is planned to be the main center for horticulture and plant taxonomy in Iran. A herbarium of Iranian plants (TARI) is gradually being built up and now consists of some 160,000 numbers. Also there are gardens of non-Iranian plants such as Himalayan, American, Japanese, African, and Australian. Virtual Tour: http://www.rifr-ac.org/FA/userfiles/file/Garden/flash/Tour_Bagh.html
- Tehran Zoological Garden (Eram Zoo), 4 kilometer on the Tehran - Karaj Expressway in the Eram amusement Park.
- Birds Garden, Lavizan park,Eastern Hemmat Highway
- Jamshidieh Park which is in the Niavaran district at the base of the Kolakchal Mountain, is one of the most picturesque and beautiful parks in Tehran.
- Niavaran Park is one of Tehran's famous and most pleasant public city parks. It is located within the Niavaran district and is situated immediately south of the Niavaran Palace Complex.
- Park Mellat (Literally the Nation's Park) is situated on Valiasr Street (the longest street in the Middle East) is the largest park in Tehran situated in close proximity to the national television headquarters.
- Ab-o-Atash Park; one of the wonderful parks of iran
- Taleghani Park; Abbas Abad Lands, Tehran.
- Tabiat Bridge, Tabiat Bridge is the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran. The 270-metre bridge connects two public parks—Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park—by spanning the Shahid Modarres