Tehran

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Glimpse of Tehran

Iran’s busy, modern hectic capital is flanked to the north by mountains and to the south by desert. A relatively young city for Iran, it has only been the capital since the end of the 18th century under Qajar Persia, since then it has been home to the country’s modern political history seeing two coups d’état and two revolutions. With few historical sights compared to the rest of the country, Tehran’s attractions lie with its museums, galleries with their large and varied collections of ancient artifacts, antiquities and art collections spanning the eras. Spending time in Tehran enjoying the tea houses and cafes of the most liberal of Iran’s cities is a great introduction to mod-ern Iranian life.

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Azadi Tower

The inverted-Y-shaped Azadi Tower, built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian empire, is one of Tehran's visual icons. Designed by Hossein Amanat, it ingeniously combines modern architecture with traditional Iranian influences, most notably the iwan-style of the arch, which is clad in 8000 pieces of white marble. It's worth going inside to see the complex structural engineering that forms the bones of the design and for the view from the gallery at the top.











Golestan Palace

The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled Palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Tehran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Tehran the capital of the country. Built around a garden featuring pools as well as planted areas, the Palace’s most characteristic features and rich ornaments date from the 19th century. It became a center of Qajari arts and architecture of which it is an outstanding example and has remained a source of inspiration for Iranian artists and architects to this day. It represents a new style incorporating traditional Persian arts and crafts and elements of 18th century architecture and technology.




Archeological Museum

This modest museum is no Louvre, but it is chock-full of Iran’s rich history. The collection includes ceramics, pottery, stone figures and carvings, mostly taken from excavations at Persepolis, Ismailabad (near Qazvin), Shush, Rey and Turang Tappeh.











Tabiat Bridge

Infrastructure that connects two parks has become a popular urban space. The architects first conceived the two-to-three level, 270-meter-long curved pedestrian bridge of varying width, a complex steel structure featuring a dynamic three-dimensional truss with two continuous deck levels that sits on three tree shape columns, with a third where the truss meets the column branches. It was an imaginative leap beyond the basic competition brief of designing a bridge to connect two parks separated by a highway in northern Tehran, without blocking the view to the Alborz Mountains. The structural elements are based on a latent geometrical order rotated and repeated in three dimensions. The result is a spatial structure large enough to create an inhabitable architectural space, where people congregate, eat and rest rather than just pass through. Multiple paths in each park were created that would lead people on to the bridge. Seating, green spaces and kiosks encourage people to linger on a site where greenery has been preserved by the minimal footprint of the bridge, whose curve offers a variety of viewing perspectives.
 

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Darband resort

Darband is one of the most popular places in Tehran because of it's clean and cool weather, river, mount and restaurants.
People usually go there early in the morning to reach to the summit by noon and enjoy the amazing view of Tehran.
If you're a nature lover, you will definitely love this place. there are many restaurants for you to rest a bit and stretch your legs. you will love the benches located right on the river for you and listen to the sound of water and enjoy your meal.

And don't forget to try Aloocheh and Lavashak!







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