One of the oldest cities of Iran – Tabriz, is located in the province of East Azerbaijan, in the north-west of Iran. Modern Tabriz is considered the most densely populated city of Iran, however it attracts tourists not for modern buildings, but for historical monuments.
Tabriz played a key role in the history, culture and development of not only the country but the entire region. Here are collected the most unique and valuable historical sights serving as living examples of the development of the architecture of ancient Persia.
The main attraction of Tabriz is the ancient bazaar, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is considered the oldest in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. In former times, the bazaar was a trade center on the Silk Road. This is a huge complex, a kind of a town where you can easily get lost.
The second most popular tourist attraction of Tabriz is the Blue Mosque. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Iran. The decoration of the building took more than 25 years. The part of the building was destroyed during the earthquake in 1773.
Many tourists come to Tabriz to see the unique lake Urmia near the city. Because of the salt content in the water its deep blue color shimmers in the sun, attracting attention. Urmia is one of the most beautiful natural sights in Iran and one of the largest lakes in the world.