TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is a tourist destination in the far northwest corner of Iran, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, the Azerbaijan Republic and Turkey.
Alternatively known as Qareh Klise (meaning black church), the property presents important vestiges of Armenian culture in the region.
Together with St. Stepanos Monastery and the Chapel of Dzordzor, Qareh Klise was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008 under the name “Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran”.
All the three sites are located in West Azarbaijan Province and are of high significance from both historical and cultural perspectives. They bear credible testimony to interchanges with the ancient regional societies in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian.
UNESCO experts say these edifices are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions.
Isfahan Travel Guide: a list of things to do in this Iranian city from culture and arts to food, shopping and hotels.
I was excited when I learned that my hotel in the Iranian city of Isfahan had an observation deck, but I was also cautious. After all, the rooftop of said hotel was only four stories above the ground. Surely, the view of historical Isfahan couldn’t be that impressive.
Additionally, by the time I made my way through the red tape I’d realized was a wrapped around most extraordinary things in Iran, it was 20 minutes past sunset. Any color the fading light might’ve streaked across the sky would surely be gone, to say nothing of how tired I felt after the long journey from Tehran—I almost wanted to feel uninspired. The bell boy removed the padlock from the fire door.
Its resplendent mosques replete with Islamic artworks and architecture lends it a royal charm….
There are many impressions first-time visitors would have of this country. But contrary to what you see on the news and learn through hearsay, Iran — that was once home to one of the world’s oldest civilisations — will make you feel at home the minute you arrive. Language may be a problem, you realise right at the outset, but a bit of miming and a friendly smile will take you a long way — in Iran, the guest is a VIP, and locals will go out of their way to make sure you feel special. As I journey to Isfahan, just a short flight from the capital, Tehran, I’m transported into the pages of history, to architectural marvels that hypnotise me for hours, with their opulent decor.
Iran has published a book depicting the tourist attractions and geographical features of the Lut Desert, also known as Dasht-e Lut, in the east-central part of the country.
A book on the vast Lut Desert in east-central Iran has been published in both Farsi and English, according to a Farsi report by IRNA.
The book titled “The Lut Desert: Iran’s First Natural Feature Registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List” was published by Iranian cultural heritage institutions, including the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage in the northeastern Iranian province of South Khorasan.
The office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Kerman Province has banned the entry of any unlicensed tour to Lut Desert to organize tourism activities in the world heritage site. Speaking to ISNA, Mahmoud Vafaei added that any travel agency aiming to organize tours to the desert should coordinate with UNESCO’s World Heritage Office in Kerman Province in advance and get the required license.
“Being lost in the extended desert, technical failure of vehicles and strong sand storms are among troubles that travelers might face in the desert,” he said, adding that going on licensed tours helps prevent any inconvenience.
Lut Desert, a vast desert shared between the provinces of Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July, becoming Iran’s first natural heritage site on the list.
Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy. Yazd in central Iran has been a manifestation of the brightest cultural heritage and ancient civilization throughout history with human settlement in Yazd dating back to the third millennium BCE.
Tribes, who migrated from Balkh to Pars, called this land ‘Yazdan’ during the Pishdadi era. The most important early settlements in Yazd include Mehrpadin (Mehriz), Fahrashan or Pahreh (Fahraj), Khormish and Adar (Ardakan), Aqda and Eshkezar.
Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy.
Yazd is known as the city of wind towers. In fact, wind towers improve ventilation. They can be seen in residential units and ancient houses.
Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.
It is a little-known piece of history that Saddam Hussein was a great fan of ancient Mesopotamian literature. His enthusiasm for epics written in cuneiform – the world’s oldest known form of writing – can be seen in his own efforts at writing political romance novels and poetry. Hussein’s first novel, Zabibah and the King, blended the Epic of Gilgamesh with the 1001 Nights, and was adapted into a television series and a musical.
Indeed, the Iraqi dictator was said to be so immersed in his novel-writing that he left much of the military strategising to his sons leading up to the 2003 war. He continued writing in prison, using a card table as a writing desk.
Despite hosting amazing attractions ranging from spectacular natural landscapes to vibrant cities, these countries aren’t always on the radar of the average traveler.
Tourism has changed from being perceived as a national activity to becoming an international phenomenon with more people traveling far and wide to sample a region’s or country’s beauty. Most countries, including the poor ones, are capitalizing on their natural beauty and other attractions to generate more revenue and facilitate growth. Countries like France, the US, the UK, China, and Spain receive tens of millions of tourists annually. However, some countries with greater potential and attractions like Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka do not see as many visitors as they deserve. Here are some of the most underrated countries for tourist and why they are underrated.
More than 6 million people visited Iran in the year ending March 2017, up 50% on the previous year and three times the number in 2009, according to official data.
(CNN) — The surge in visitors follows the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that resulted in many sanctions being lifted early the following year.
European airlines such as British Airways and Lufthansa (DLAKY) resumed direct flights to the country, and Iranian authorities relaxed visa requirements. And as more people arrive, demand for accommodation is skyrocketing.
That’s creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs and foreign businesses.
Unlike some Western firms, who are reluctant to invest in Iran because they fear President Trump could yet torpedo the nuclear deal, international hotel chains are moving fast to meet the need for more rooms.
France’s Accor (ACCYY) was the first chain to open in Iran in 2015. It now operates two hotels there.
Iran, known as Persia until 1935, is a partly undiscovered gem. It offers rich culture, history and provides visitors with impressive heritage. Iran ranks seventh among countries in the world as regards the number of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. Historical and urban settlements date back to 4000 BC in this area. Locals are called Persians and represent about 51% of the population. Tourism-review.com, in collaboration with prominent Iranian tour operator GapaTour, introduce the best, most famous, historical and prominent places of the “Land of the Aryan’s” – the 7 wonders of Iran.
Once the thriving cultural and art center of Iran, today Persepolis is considered one of the most beautiful historical locations in the world. The ancient city, situated 60 km northeast of the city Shiraz, had long been buried under the sand for centuries until its discovery in the 1930s by Erich Frederich Schmidt and his colleagues.