The historic city of Tabriz is home to many stunning and historic buildings. Aside from the many historic palaces and museums, you can also enjoy a visit to the salted lake of Urmia and troglodytic Kandovan village. If you have decided to visit Tabriz on your trip to Iran, we recommend you to keep in mind these attractions and activities listed below. You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts.
The UNESCO Recognized Site of Tabriz
The Grand Bazaar of Tabriz is one of the most significant Bazaars in Iran. The Bazaar is located on the famous east-western route of Silk Road. From the centuries ago until today, this Bazaar has been one of the most important points of commerce in Iran. The Grand Bazaar of Tabriz is known to be longest Roofed Bazaar with series of interconnected structures.
You can walk around this Bazaar and visit the several sections of Amir Bazaar (gold and jewelry section), Mozzafarieh (the carpet bazaar), a shoe bazaar, and many other Bazaars.
The Blue Mosque of Tabriz was built about 5 centuries ago. This mosque is famous for its beautiful tilework with shades of blue. Unfortunately, the decorations of the mosque has gone through much damage through the years. Yet, it stands as one of the magnificent mosques in Tabriz.
The Jameh Mosque of Tabriz, as the center of religion and social gathering, holds some of the unique examples of Stucco and Brickwork. The minarets and the whole structure of this mosque is different from any of the mosques that you might see in Iran.
Important Historic Houses
The Constitution House of Tabriz represents the important role of Tabriz in the Persian Constitutional Revolution. Among this mansion’s stained glass windows and eye-catching stucco works, you can get to know more about this revolution and its influential figures.
Behnam House is known as one of the most stunning traditional houses in Tabriz. This mansion is consisted of two summer and winter palaces. By visiting Behnam House’s public section, you can enjoy the beautiful paintings, miniatures, and stucco works.
Arg of Tabriz (Military Citadel) has been a witness to the most important historic challenges of Tabriz. During the two wars between Iran and Russia and the Persian constitutional revolution, this Arg was of much importance for the city.
Tabriz with about 17 different museums is known as the city of museums after Tehran. One of the most important museums in Iran is the Azerbaijan Museum which is located in Tabriz. This museum holds artifacts and sculptures from the prehistoric times to the current modern era. Other notable museums of Tabriz are listed as below:
- Qajar Museum of Tabriz
- Iron Age Museum of Tabriz
- Pottery Museum of Tabriz
Parks, Bridges and natural wonders
Elgoli or Shah Goli Park is one of the most significant Parks in Tabriz and Iran. In the heart of this great historic park there is a lake with a small palace in the middle of it. You can also visit Khaqani Park which is a historic park located near the Azerbaijan Museum and the blue mosque.
Just near the city of Tabriz you can see the Colorful Mountains and hills of Tabriz known as Ala Dagh Lar. The green, blue, red, and golden mountains of this era are a result of a series of soil Compositions.
Qari Bridge of Tabriz is known as the light bridge for its beautiful display of light at nights. This historic bridge with its beautiful arches connects the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz to the northern Tabriz.
Other Attractions near Tabriz
- The Kandovan village is located in east Azerbaijan province, 60 kilometers south of Tabriz. This thirteen century village represent not only the village life of Iran, but also an unusual formation of its houses. Most of Its homes are naturally formed caves. They were formed from volcanic ash of Mount Sahand.
- Lake Urmia is located within 90 kilometers of Tabriz. This lake is an endorheic salt lake in Iran with numerous islands and beautiful salt beaches.
- Mount Sahand and Maryland Ski Resorts are located within 60 kilometers of Tabriz
- Jolfa’s UNESCO recognized monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian Saints are located within 230 kilometers of Tabriz. The Saint Stepanos Church is located on a wooded hill above the famous Aras River. The Armenian architectural traditions and elements can be seen in this church and the Saint Thaddeus Church.
- Zahhak Castle is a 3000 year-old monument located within 145 kilometers of Tabriz. This Castle was named after the Persian Methodological figure, Zahhak.
- Babak Castle is located within 204 kilometers of Tabriz. This fort was built by Babak Khorramdin, the leader of the Khurramites in Azerbaijan. It has been standing for 1200 years in the mountains of Arasbaran forests near Tabriz.