10 Must-See Pieces of Iranian Historical Architecture; Jessica Stewart; My Modern Met


Iran – Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan

Bursting with rich history, Iran’s architecture helps weave a tale of the country’s long, Persian culture. Decorative tile work and ingenious feats of engineering are hallmarks of Persian architecture throughout the centuries.

And with twenty UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is no shortage of monuments to visit. From elaborate mosques to sprawling desert cities, the breadth and variety of historical architecture in Iran is stunning. As such, we’ve whittled down a list of the top 10 historical sites that should top your must-see list when in Iran.

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz

This colorful jewel box of a mosque is filled with a kaleidoscope of light each morning. Located in Shiraz, this 19th-century architectural masterpiece is also known for its dazzling tile work, aside from its stained glass windows.

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