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Tabriz

Country
Iran, Islamic Republic
State
East Azarbayjan Ostan
City
Tabriz
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

     Tabriz is the fourth largest city and one of the historical capitals of Iran and the capital of East Azerbaijan Province. Situated at an altitude of 1,350 meters at the junction of the Quri River and Aji River, it was the second largest city in Iran until the late 1960s, one of its former capitals, and residence of the crown prince under the Qajar dynasty. The city has proven extremely influential in the country’s recent history. Tabriz is located in a valley to the north of the long ridge of the volcanic cone of Sahand, south of the Eynali mountain. The valley opens out into a plain that slopes gently down to the northern end of Lake Urmia, 60 km to the west. With cold winters and temperate summers the city is considered a summer resort.
 



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How to Reach

By plane

Daily flights from Tehran on Iran Air, Iran Aseman and other companies. Fare is 490,000 Rials for 1-way. Direct flights from Dubai have just started on Tue and Sat, operated by Kish Air (around 200 USD for 2-way). Direct flights from Istanbul (7 flights per week), operated by Turkish airlines (5 flights) and Iran air (2 flights); fare is around 250 USD for 2-way.There are also direct flights from Damsacus.

By car

By the newly built bridge over the Urmia lake Tabriz is reachable from Urmia in 1.5 hours.

By train

Daily train from Tehran. 12 Hours travel (152,500 Rials for 1-way ).

Weekly to and from Istanbul, twice a week to Van

By bus

Bus relations with major cities. 6-8 Hours travel from Tehran (normal ticket cost around 150,000 Rials for one-way).

Key places to visit
Bazaar of Tabriz, Ghari Bridges, The Saheb ol Amr Mosque, Babak Castle, Shah-goli, Blue Mosque, Blue Mosque


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Places to Visit

Bazaar of Tabriz

    The Bazaar of Tabriz is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazar in the world. It was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010
   Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity and its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, Iran, this spectacular structure consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry), Mozzafarieh (a carpet bazaar), a shoe bazaar, and many other ones for various goods

Ghari Bridges

The Ghari Bridges are two historical bridges over Quri River, in Tabriz, Iran. Because of their age, currently both of the bridges have been closed to traffic. According to some scholars, there was an older bridge with the same name at the same location on the river, that was destroyed during construction of these two bridges.

The Saheb ol Amr Mosque

The Saheb ol Amr Mosque is a mosque located on the east side of Saaheb Aabaad square in Tabriz, Iran. The mosque was initially built in 1636 and has a history of destruction and repair. The name Sāheb ol Amr (Master of command) is one of the titles of the last Twelver Shiah Imam

Babak Castle

Babak Castle breathtaking castle, nested on a rocky peak at an altitude of 2,700 m. Babak was apparently one of the last Zoroastrian heroes fighting the Islamic invasion, 1400 years ago. A 2-hours walk to get up there, but definitely worth it.
 

Shah-goli

Shah-goli is the name of a large park in Tabriz, Iran. Early history of the Shah-goli is not clear. However, it seems that it was used as a water resource for agricultural purposes. It was used as a summer palace during the Qadjar dynasty (when Tabriz was the official residence of Prince of Iran). It contains a palace that is surrounded by a great square water pool almost 12 meters deep. During 2nd Pahlavi's it was reconstructed.

Blue Mosque

 Blue Mosque Originally built in 1465, this mosque which was once certainly superb, but was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1778, leaving only the entrance Iwan. It was reconstructed at early 1900 by the Iranian Ministry of Culture. The inside of the mosque is tiled with superb blue ceramic, unfortunately, many pieces went missing during the quake and were simply replaced by painting instead of tiles - some of the original tiles can be found around the entrance.

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