An Introduction to Tourist Attractions of Tabriz; Step by Step with History

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An Introduction to Tourist Attractions of Tabriz; Step by Step with History

With a very rich history, Tabriz used to house many historical monuments. This city has many ancient, historical and tourist attractions due to its long history and the great role played in historic events. 

Jomeh Mosque
This is a large, congregational mosque (J?meh) in Tabriz city built and repaired from Seljughiya to Qadjar era (11th till 19th century). It used to be the main mosque for the city of Tabriz and it still used for prays and some other religious ceremonies. It has a Shabistan with nice colorful windows.

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque or Mozafarih Mansion is one of the beautiful mosques of Tabriz. Built in 1465, this mosque was famous because of its blue tiles. Inside of the mosque was tiled with superb blue ceramic many of them destroyed during the earthquake. During reconstruction which is still in progress many of the missing parts replaced by painting instead of tiles. Some of the original tiles are the entrance.

Saint Stepanos Church
This 9th-century Armenian Church is north of Tabriz and south of Aras River, close to the Iran-Nakhichevan border. Along with two other Armenian churches in the region (St Thaddeus and the Chapel of Dzordzor) it was inscribed a UNESCO site in 2008. This church was built in the Sassanid period and has prominent motifs from Mary and the childhood of Jesus.

Tabriz Municipality Mansion
Saat Tower is the symbol of Tabriz. It was used as the main office of the city municipality. The building, known as the Municipal House, was built by German engineers during the Pahlavi era.

Bazaar of Tabriz
One of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. It was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010. Located in the center of the city of Tabriz. Bazar consists of several sub-units called Bazarche (sub-Bazar) each of which devoted to trade and shopping of specified goods. Bazaar of Tabriz leads from the west to the Jomeh mosque and from the east to the Ali Qapu.

Behnam’s House
This house was built during the latter part of the Zand dynasty (1750–1794) and the early part of the Qajar dynasty (1781–1925), as a residential house. The house consists of a main building, referred to as the Winter Building, and a smaller structure, referred to as the Summer Building. Like many traditional houses in Iran, this house has an inner (andaruni) and an outer (biruni) courtyard, the former being the larger of the two. 

Sharbat Oghli House
This house with its different special architecture located in Sorkhab square of Tabriz. This house was built before Mashrooteh time, belonging to a family called “Company”. This 3-storey house is 1,500 square meters. The house has two courtyards in the north and south. The southern yard leads to southern alley through an enclosed corridor. 

El Goli (Shah Goli)
It used to be the summer palace for rulers or the king who ruled in Tabriz. Nowadays it is considered as a park with a square artificial pond. In the center, a small hall is on an island and hosts a restaurant. This mansion was developed during the Safavid period and was restored during the Qajar period and turned into a park for public use during the Pahlavi era.

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