Uncover the hidden secrets of Iran in 2016

photo by CC user Julia Maudlin on Flickr

Looking to discover a nation off the beaten track in 2016? Then it’s time you discovered Iran. Made out to be far more dangerous than it actually is, those that fight through these media-spawned fears will find a nation filled with pleasant surprises, as you will find out in this article…

1) Persepolis

One of the primary cities of the Persian Empire, Persepolis is an archeological site that you can’t afford to miss on your travels in Iran.

Dating back to the 6th century BCE, pillars, arches, gates and foundations are all of what remains of what was once a strong, proud city, but enough has survived that getting an idea of what life was once like here isn’t all that hard.

With plenty of bas reliefs, sculptures and other remnants of that time to go around, you’ll feel like the luckiest traveler alive, since there likely won’t be much of a crowd when you visit, which will stand in stark contrast of what you would find at the Acropolis in Greece.

2) Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Ranking as the second largest public square in the world, the Naqsh-e Jahan Square is one of Iran’s most popular meeting places for ordinary citizens, making it an ideal place for those looking to get a good look at everyday Iranians going about their business.

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its grandeur and style, this public landmark in the city of Isfahan is filled with amazing fountains, lush gardens, busy markets.

With a series of significant palaces and mosques lining its edges, you’ll likely be spending much of your first day in this city within the general vicinity of this square.

3) Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque

When in Shiraz, this is the one cultural sight that you cannot afford to miss. The Nasir-Ol-Molk, or Pink Mosque is famous for its dazzling stained glass windows that line its exterior.

As the low light near sunrise or sunset streams in, it creates a kaleidoscopic effect in its interior, which will enrapture your mind at its beauty. Do not forget your camera at the hotel under any circumstances when you go to see this mosque.

4) Eram Garden

If you’re looking for a way to relax after your mindblowing experience inside the Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque, take a walk through the Eram Garden.

Named after the Arabic word for heaven, this gorgeous attraction is lined with dropping trees, bright flowers, and several reflecting pools that will put your landscaping skills to shame.

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