Adorian Fire Temple
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 12, Mirza Kouchak Khan St, Zoroastrian Fire Temple
+98 21 6670 6865
Adorian Fire Temple in Tehran is a temple built during the Qajar era (1785–1925). The fire in the temple was brought over from the Yazd Fire Temple, which is an Atash Behram (Fire of Victory) temple with its fire having burned for 1,500 years. This fire temple resembles the one in Yazd and even has a similar pool in front of the structure.
Azadi Cultural Complex
Azadi Sq.
+98 21 660 239 51-4
Built in 1971, the Azadi Tower, which sits at the western entrance of the city, is considered the symbol of Tehran. The tower, which is a Pahlavi structure, was originally named ‘Shahyad’ (King’s Memorial Tower) and was later renamed to Azadi (Freedom or Liberty) Tower after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. In 1967 a competition was held in...
Bagh Ferdows Mansion
Vali Asr St, Bagh Ferdows
+98 21 2270 5005
Bagh Ferdows Mansion is a Qajar era (1785–1925) home located in the Ferdows (paradise) garden. The structure is noted for its detailed flower and leaf stucco reliefs. The house is a National Heritage Site. A number of museums and cafes have been opened in the garden which is a popular hangout spot for young Iranians and artists.
Bahram Fire Temple or Mill Hill
Bahram Fire Temple or Mil Hill in Rey is the ruins of a Sassanid (226-651 CE) fire temple. This temple is believed to have belonged to Bahram V (406- 438 CE) the fifteenth Sassanid king. The reed beds near the ruins suggest there was once a lake close to the temple. The remaining two arches of the temple suggest it was built of mortar and adobe. Ex...
Bibi Shahrbanou
Jaddeh Madan Rd
Bibi Shahrbanou is a mausoleum with an enamel dome. Legend has it that this is the tomb of Shahrbanou the daughter of the Sassanid Yazdegerd III (590-651 CE) and the mother of the fourth Shia Imam Ali ibn Husayn al-Sajjad (PBUH)(659-713). However, as the mausoleum is located above a mountain, close to a spring and frequented by women there are thos...
Dar ul-Funun
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 11, Kalhor، Kalhor St
+98 21 6657 3000
Dar ul-Funun is a science institute established in 1851 in Tehran by Amir Kabir (1807-1852), the prime minister of Qajar monarch Nasser-al Din Shah (1831-1896). It is considered the first modern institution of higher education of the country. After a trip to Russia, Amir Kabir realized the country’s dire need for an institute of higher education...
Ebn-e Babevei
Tehran Province, Tehran, Nasr
Ibn Babawayh Cemetery in Rey is where many prominent Iranian figures are laid to rest most notably the traditionalist Ibn Babawayh (923-991) whom the cemetery has been named after. Some of the other famous occupants of the cemetery include journalist and poet Mirzadeh Eshghi (1893-1924), scholar and writer of the first Persian dictionary Ali-Akbar...
Emamzadeh Ghasem
Emamzadeh Ghasem Square
Imamzadeh Qasem in Tehran is a mausoleum and pilgrimage site, which dates back to the 10th century. Legend has it that the head of a son of the second Shia Imam Hasan, Qasem, who was killed in Karbala is buried here. During the Safavid era in the 16th century, a wooden chest was placed over the tomb. This octagonal-shaped brick structure was expand...
Emarat Badgir
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 12, ark sqr, Panzdah-e-Khordad St
+98 21 3311 3335
The 26-meter tall Emarat-e Badgir (wind tower monument) is located in the eastern part of the compound of Tehran's Golestan Palace, once the Qajar royal complex. The tower, elaborately decorated with blue, yellow and black tiles, is built on top of a lavabo (howz khaneh).
Golestan Palace
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 12, ark sqr, Panzdah-e-Khordad St
+98 21 331 133 35-8
Golestan Palace or the Rose Garden Palace is a masterpiece of Qajar era (1785–1925) crafts and architecture and the place where traditional Persian arts meet European architecture. The palace was originally known as the Arg of Tehran and was built during the reign of the founder of the Safavid dynasty, Shah Abbas I (1571-1629). It found importance...
Haron Al Rashid Prison
Mesgar Abad Rd
Haroun Prison or the Harun al-Rashid prison in Rey is a cuboid structure made of stone and stucco, which dates back to the Buyid dynasty (934-1062). The structure, which was used for the solitary confinement of criminal in the Buyid era, is 9 meters tall and has two stories.
Imam Khomeini Shrine
Persian Gulf Hwy
+98 21 5522 7578
The Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini is where the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini (1902-1989), has been laid to rest along with his wife Khadijeh Saqafi and his second son Ahmad Khomeini, who died in 1995. The mausoleum is located to the south of Tehran in the Behesht-e Zahra (Paradise of Zahra) cemetery. Construction of the mau...
Imamzadeh Saleh
Tehran, District 1, Tajrish Square
+98 21 2274 8010
Imamzadeh Saleh is a mausoleum and mosque complex in Tajrish Square in Tehran's Shemiran district. This mausoleum, which is believed to date back to the 13th century, belongs to a son of the seventh Shia Imam Musa ibn Jafar (745-799). The square structure has a tiled dome and strong Ilkhanid era (1256–1335) architectural elements. The shrine has a...
Imamzadeh Yahya
Rey Street
Imamzadeh Yahya is the mausoleum of one of the descendants of the Shia Imams. The structure was an octagonal-shaped tower with a conical dome. During the Qajar era (1785–1925), tilework was added to the structure. Currently an octagonal shaped shrine has been built in place of the original tower. The shrine has mirrorwork, seven-colored tiles and T...
Masoudieh Mansion
Tehran, Mellat St
+98 21 3399 2013
Masoudieh Mansion is a Qajar era (1785-1925) home consisting of an Andarouni (private quarters used by women) and a Birouni (public quarters used mostly by men). The structure is the starting point of many cultural organizations such as the first museum of Iran which was built in a corner of this beautiful mansion in 1939 as well as the National Li...
Milad Tower
Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri Hwy, Hemmat Hwy Entrance, Milad Tower
+98 21 8436 1000
Milad Tower is the sixth tallest telecommunications tower and the 15th tallest freestanding structure in the world. Second only to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the Middle East’s tallest tower, this 435-meter tower is visible from almost any location in Tehran and has become one of the main symbols of the Iranian capital. Erected in a 14,000-hectare plo...
Nature Bridge
Tehran Province, Tehran, Modares Hwy
Infrastructure that connects two parks has become a popular urban space. The architects first conceived the two-to-three level, 270-metre-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...
Niavaran Palace Complex
Shahid Bahonar Sq.
+98 21 2228 2012
The Niavaran Palace complex is located in an 11,000 hectare garden in north Tehran and consists of Qajar (1785–1925) and Pahlavi (1925-1979) era structures, which have mostly been turned into museums that house a diverse collection of paintings from Sohrab Sepehri and Parviz Kalantari to Paul Gaugin and Pablo Picasso as well as displays ranging fro...
Rashkan Castle
Rashkan Castle is an Arsacid Era (247 BC–224 CE) structure intended to hold the city of Rey. The main parts of the castle were still standing until the Qajar era (1794-1925CE) but have since fallen into ruin. The walls of this castle have arrowslits for archers. Excavations at the site have uncovered the remains of a number of other structures from...
Rey Wall
22 Bahman St
Wall of Rey is a 6,000-year-old structure, which dates back to the Median era (678 -549 BC). Only three kilometers of this defensive wall, which encircled the entire city during the Parthian era (247 BC–224 AD), remains today. The height of this adobe wall is 8 meters in some parts and 3.2 meters in others. There were once moats around the wall, wh...
Saadabad Palace Complex
Vali-e Asr St., Falahi St., Taheri St.
+98 21 227 520 31-9
Built in north Tehran in a 300,000 hectare plot, Saadabad Palace Complex was initially built by Qajar kings (1785–1925) as a summer residence before becoming the home of the Pahlavi family (1925-1979).  The complex has 180,000 hectares of natural forests and a total of 18 palaces and houses from the Pahlavi and Qajar eras including Shams Palace,...
Sardar-e Bagh-e Melli
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 12, Emam Khomeyni St
+98 21 3340 7525
Sar dar Bagh-e Melli (The National Garden Façade) is a government compound where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, The National Museum of Iran, and Malek National Museum are located. This Qajar era (1785–1925) monument is a combination of European and Iranian architecture. The structure has unique tilework which includes poetry, religious in...
Sepahsalar Mosque and School
Tehran Province, Tehran, Allameh Sharif-e-Razi
+98 21 3356 6166
Sepahsalar Mosque and School was built by Mirza Hosein Khan Moshir od-Dowleh Sepahsalar (1828–1881) the prime minister Nasser-al Din Shah Qajar (1831-1896). The mosque has rooms for students and a library with over 4,200 handwritten and 10,000 printed books.
Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine
Kashani St.
Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine in Rey is where a fifth generation descendant of the second Shia Imam, Hasan Bin Ali, has been interred. This 9th century structure has several courtyards, a golden cupola, two tiled minarets, a portico, a sepulcher, and a mosque. The mirror-work, paintings and gildings of the structure were all carried out or donated during...
Shams-ol- Emareh
Tehran Province, Tehran, St ark sq, Panzdah-e-Khordad
Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) is one of the most beautiful structures of Golestan Palace. The building was built upon the order of Nasser-ol-Din Shah to give the Qajar monarch a panoramic view of the city. This building is a fusion of Persian and European architecture and has two identical towers. Shams-ol-Emareh has been decorated with mult...
Takht –e- Rostam
Takht –e- Rostam (Rostam’s Throne) is a volcanic rock cliff and the ruins of a Sassanid era (224-651 CE) Zoroastrian fire temple located 80 km southwest of Tehran near Shahryar county. It is said that in ancient times the fire in this temple was visible from a long distance away.
Tehran City Theater
Tehran Province Tehran Enghelab St
Tehran City Theater, which was unveiled in 1972, is a performing arts complex in Tehran. This cylindrical structure has traditional Persian decorations and contains several performance spaces including Chaharsou Hall, Qashqai Hall, Sayeh Hall, and the Main Hall. The complex also has a specialized art library frequented by students and arts enthusia...
Tehran Grand Bazaar
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 12, Panzdah-e-Khordad St
The Tehran Grand Bazaar is a historical 10-kilometer market in the Iranian capital. The bazaar is located in Arg Square with its main entrance in Sabze Meydoon. While the exact age of this bazaar is unknown, some studies suggest that parts of it predate the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736). The bazaar in Tehran is largely open and only parts like Amir B...
Toghrol Tower
Tehran Province, Tehran, District 20, Shahid Taqipur
Toghrol Tower in Rey city is a 12th-century monument where Seljuq ruler Tugrul Beg (990 – 1063) is buried. The 20-meter tower is built of bricks and once had a dome, which was destroyed in an earthquake. A flight of stairs inside this cylindrical tower connects its lower level to the higher one. The tower also functions as a sundial. It is said tha...
Tower of Silence in Rey
The Tower of Silence in Rey is where Zoroastrians exposed the corpses of their dead to the sun. This six-meter high structure is made of stone and mortar and dates back to the first millennium BC.
Zahir-od-dowleh Cemetery and Ribat
+98 21 3311 5841
Zahir-od-dowleh Cemetery and Ribat in Darband, Tehran, is where many prominent Iranian artists and cultural figures are buried. The cemetery is the eternal resting place of famous names such as musician Abolhasan Saba (1902-1957), singer Qamar ol-Moluk Vaziri (1905-1959), poet Iraj Mirza (1874-1925) musician Gholamhossein Darvish Khan (1872- 1926)...