Tabriz has long been a trading centre and the first constructions of the bazaar begun over 1000 years ago. It is one of the oldest and largest in the Middle East. Of what you can see today much is from the 15th century. The bazaar is a labyrinth of passages and covers an area of 1 square km and has about 7000 shops. Besides shops there are caravanserais, mosques, schools, warehouses and workshops.
It is pleasant to walk around under the high vaulted brick ceilings and visit the different sections for carpets, spices, household goods, copperware etc. If you don’t know where the road is leading just take it and found out!
The Blue Mosque in Tabriz was constructed in the 15th century, and it was long known for its beautiful blue tile work and calligraphy. Unfortunately the mosque was destroyed in an earthquake in 1773 and largely lay in a pile of rubble until the 1950s when reconstruction of the mosque begun. On the walls you can clearly see the difference between the old tiles and where it has been lost as the patterns there are only painted. The mosque has got nine domes and resembles early Ottoman mosques in architecture.
Entrance fee is IR 3000 (June 2006).
There is a souvenir shop inside the mosque.
In down town Tabriz is the Municipality Hall, a building constructed in 1934 over an ancient graveyard and under German supervision. It has a tower with a four sided clock (Sa’at Tower) and the clock rings every 15 minutes.
Azarbayjan Museum, which was inaugurated in 1962, is not a large museum but have some fine artefacts, especially on the ground floor. There are a lot of pottery, bronze items, coins and jewellery from excavations in Iranian Azerbaijan. For example the bronze helmet on the photo is a 3000-year-old helmet from Hasanlu.
Entrance fee is IR 4000 (June 2006).
The museum is open Saturday - Thursday 8am - 5pm (8pm in summer) and Fridays 8am - 1pm.
Babak Khorram-Din and his followers promoted a purely Iranian religion as an alternative to Islam. During a 20-year rebellion (816-837 AD) they killed many of the Abbasid Caliphate's (750-1258 AD) troops. In the early 1990s, an armed opposition organization called the Babak Khorramdin Organization (BKO) assassinated some Iranian Islamic officials
It all began about 6000 years ago when the dwellers of the sweeping plains of what is now Southwestern Iran began to establish settlements that would grow into cities bustling with rich commerce. Susa (Shush), capital of the region known as Elam, was first among them, and it would be followed by the Elamite cities such as Anshaan.
Standing as it did between the Indus valley to the east and the ancient civilization of Sumer to the west, Susa became a focal point for trade. It also became a rich prize for conquerors.
Although the history of the time is murky, the third millennium B.C. seems to have been marked by frequent warfare between Elamites and Mesopotamian forces from Akkad, who eventually overran and occupied Susa. In time the armies of Elam regained the city, but control would fall intermittently to Elamites and to Mesopotamians for centuries to come.
Wandering around outside the centre.
Many parts of the city don't look like a 4 million metropolis. But these suburbs extend to the horizon, they are huge, and that's the way how most of the people live. But be aware that many people will look at you very intersted and curiously.
Visit the big park in the outskirts of the town. Especially on friday everybody comes there for a picnic or just for a tea in the wonderful teahouse (see photo), and you can find many Iranians playing football or cycling. It's a very relaxed atmosphere.
Would you like to buy some souvenirs for your dears? Come follow me to go to one of the best .... Bazaar of Tabriz (Timcheh-e-Mirza Shafi in picture)
Anywhere which is talking about Tabriz its bazaar is a proof for its vastness, importance and dignity. It was cross over point of ancient cultures many centuries because of its special geopolitical conditions. It was the main communication link between east and west and also between north and south, from china to Europe and from Egypt to Russia and one of the important cities on silk-road. Marco polo has said:' Tabriz is a big and imposing city where a great treasure has been hidden in its bazaar.'
The earthquake which happened in 1771 A.D. and exterminated the entire city was important deathblow for bazaar. Bazaar was made immediately in same place with stand brick and reached its former thrive.
Our bazaar with up to 210000 squared meter vastity is the largest one in Asia.
Remember, when you want to visit bazaar, bring so much money because there is all souvenirs that you want to buy.
You must visit and enjoy of Eil-goli building:
It is in the south-east of Tabriz and was one of the most beautiful playground either for own people or for tourists from 100 years ago up to now. It is well known in Iran because of its vastness and beauty.
Its creation date is unknown and in Safavian period (500 years ago) has been repaired by Abbas-Mirza who built a road from building to ashore, made benches and stony stairs across eastern brae of building and built many falls and rills on it. During last 50 years, there has been constructed a big playground and installed many junket instruments such as Ferris wheel. Its weather is fantastic and there are many marquees for tourist entertainment and I'm sure you will be enjoyed there.
Recently, a new playground bigger than Eil-goli's, called Baghlar-baghi, with new instruments has been constructed in Farabi autobahn where I recommend you to visit and enjoy there.
Visiting :Municipality building:
This building which is the symbol of Tabriz is one of historical and honorific buildings in Tabriz. It is situated in center of the city and attracts any passenger or tourist because of its beauty and vastness. There is a big four dimension clock in highest point of the palace which is seeable from any side of the city and rings each quarter of hour to intuit punctuality for people. This palace has been built by anent of Germanic engineers 100 years ago and is a tourist visiting place now.
I like literature but I haven't any capability on it. If you like it, please don't forget to visit Magberatol-shoara:
It is in the heart of the Tabriz at seiied-hamzeh Ave. and many of the famous litterateurs from Tabriz such as Shahryar, Khagani, Fariabi, Toosi, Homam and Qatran has been inhumed there. It is mausoleum for them and at present time most of historical and cultural exhibitions establish there. I recommend visiting there for all Virtual Tourist members.
I'm sure most of the poeple like mountain climate. I attend you to where I like it so much, Kandowan valley (cliff architecture of Kandowan):
This village is in 35 Km south-west Tabriz near oskou town and in hillside of Sahand Mountain. Cliff architecture of their houses is unequalled in the world and I recommend you to visit there. Every year on July and August it is accessible for thousands of tourist because of its breezy weather. Its limpid water which gurgle from fountain and is used for treatment of renal stones has public fame. There are leasehold houses for people who want to stay more than one day. I'm sure you will be enjoyed there. One time examine it.
Would you prefer to visit a halidom place? So, come follow me to Sohrol church (Sohrageh of shabestar):
This church has been built in 18th century and situated in 45 Km north-west Tabriz in Sohrageh of shabestar region. It is an emblem of traditional architecture for church building. Praying in such places is certainly Gnostic and candidly.
I talk with people who love castles and climbing. I attend you to go to Abbas-Mirza castle:
This castle has been situated at border of the Aras River nearby Kordasht village in 150 Km north of the Tabriz which has been built in 18th A.D. and used as a fortification against Russian forces. Its walls are very tenacious and height enough to defense it. I think it remind Chinese wall. Doesn't it?