Qazvin Travel Guide

  • Chehelsotoon, Qazvin
    Chehelsotoon, Qazvin
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  • Jame' Atiq Mosque of Qazvin
    Jame' Atiq Mosque of Qazvin
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  • Tiled detail  of inner entrance gate Friday Mosque
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Qazvin Things to Do

  • kantur church

    ...is known for its domed 20th century and is one of the smallest churches in Iran.there is a tiny Russian graveyard besides. It is closed most of the times.

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  • Rah - Kushk Gate

    This is one of 2 remaining tiled gates, that formed part of Qazvins city walls. Its' north wall is covered with a variety of colourful tiles. I recognised the Iranian symbol (Pre- Revolution) of the lion, sword and sun (pic 2), from my previous days visit to the Golestan Palace in Tehran..The columns of the gate were covered in black rectangular...

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  • Omar Khayyam Statue - or not!

    I was attracted by this statue on the roundabout near to the Rah Kushk gate. (it became a part of my trip spotting the statues, sculptures etc that appear as you enter each town - some where quite strange, others such as in Tabriz and Hammadan were great pieces of craftsmanship)Majid, my guide explained that it was Omar Khayyam (1047 - 1123), Who...

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  • Museum of Calligraphy

    The second floor of chehel soton is now used as a museum of Calligraphy.They hold collection of exquisite Calligraphy.Chehel Soton is the only edifice left from the royal palaces of Shah Tahmasb I times.The wall paintings of the first floor are a typical work of Qazvin Painting School.It’s open from 8 am to 1pm and from 5 to 8 pm daily except...

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  • Qazvin Museum (1)

    First Established in Chehel Soton in 1968,& moved to new place in 2004.Holds ceramics, woodcarvings, Gold ornament, Painting & .... objects from 6th mill. BC until Qajar You won't find some of such object like those in other museums in IranIt’s open from 8 am to 1pm and from 5 to 8 pm daily except Monday. Admission is IR2.000 (86/2007)about pix:1.I...

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  • Chehel Sotun

    Qazvin contains few buildings from the Safavid era, when it was capital of Persia. Perhaps the most famous of the surviving edifices is the Chehelsotoon (Kolah Farangi) mansion, today a museum in central Qazvin. See more pic for night view.

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  • Al-Nabi Mosque

    The al-Nabi mosque (Masjed al-Nabi in Persian) also known as Masjed e Soltani is a famous mosque in Qazvin. Inscriptions indicate Fath Ali Shah of the Qajar dynasty to be the founder of the mosque, however sources indicate the mosque to have been existing since the Safavid period. In particular, it is now believed that the architect of the...

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  • Masjid Jami - Qazvin

    The Masjid Jami is one of the oldest mosques in Iran. The oldest part of the mosque is said to have been constructed by the orders of Harun al-Rashid in 807CE. Later additions were made, the last being during the late Safavid era. The double layered main dome of the mosque is from the Seljuk era, and is locked to the public. It houses some precious...

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  • Imamzadeh -ye- Hossein Shrine- chadors

    Before entering the shrine, I had to put on a chador. Prior to my trip I was well aware that I wasn't required to wear a chador during my travels in Iran, but while visiting some Shrines and Mosques etc, this might be expected. I knew that if ever there was a rack of chadors at a place I was visiting, I was expected to wear one.I was expecting to...

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  • Imamzadeh -ye- Hossein - Mirrored...

    This was the place that for me was quite impressive - I tried to imagine how the craftsmen ever fitted each mirrored tile, how long did it take, how did they do it. Was there men who cut the pieces, then others who painstakingly placed the pieces exactly, and others who'd worked out the design- also others who'd made the glass, and Who nowadays...

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  • Imamzadeh -ye Mausoleum - courtyard

    Entering the mausoleums interior courtyard, I wasn't expecting the optical overload of mirrored and ceramic tiles, along with the tiled dome -My jaw literally dropped!The mausoleum had the typical courtyard with an ablutions fountain, surrounded by 4 walls of buildings. One of these contained the mirrored iwan, that led to the shrine of Imamzadeh.

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  • Imamzadeh -ye Hossein Mausoleum

    This 16th Century Mausoleum was probably my favourite place that I visited in Qazvin. Normally my thoughts are that 'less is more' - this place challenged my idea. Blingtastic was the only word I could think of to describe the mirrored spectacle I came across inside.From the outside, I was greeted by the sight of a tiled Faberge egg like dome,...

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  • Chehel Sotun

    This was the former palace of Shah Tahmasp, during Qazvins spell as Irans capital. At the time of my visit it was closed, Majid said that it been closed the last time he'd visited 3 years ago. I'm not sure if it was not the normal opening times, or if there was 'renovation work in progress'I was getting quite hungry by now, so wasn't too...

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  • Ali Qapu Portal

    We drove past this impressive gateway, which I thought was the entrance to a mosque. Majid pulled up, so I could have a look, and take a photoThis was the gateway that led into a 'hidden' 16th Century palace. It was later copied (and elaborated on) by architects in Esfahan.The original gateway was much more impressive apparently, all that is left...

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  • Jameh (Friday) Mosque -Minaret and tiles

    I was quite impressed by the intricate tilework and variety of colours used in adorning the minaret. Majid pointed out the deep pink / light reddish coloured tiles - apparently this was the first use of the colour in tile making, and so was very unusual.There are 2 minarets in this mosque, although my photos only show one. Shiite mosques can...

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  • Jameh (Friday) Mosque - Entrance Portal

    I thought this covered entrance was one of the gems of the mosque, partly due to its stunning tiles, and also as it led through a winding passage, that slowly opened out to reveal the inner courtyard.

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  • Jameh (Friday) Mosque - Dome

    For me, the tiled domes of the mosques are one of the main images of Iran. I took numerous shots of these during my trip.The blue tiled dome of the Jameh Mosque is double layered and due to its extra weight, it is supported by extra buttresses

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  • Jameh (Friday) Mosque or Jame' Atiq...

    This Mosque is one of the oldest in Iran. It is noted for its fine marble mirhab (pic ) and huge iwans. Iwans (or eivan in Farsi), are a typical feature of Iranian architecture. They are rectangular halls that open onto a courtyard. Some are very ornately decorated with tilework, mirror work and rare woods.The mosques foundations sit on the site of...

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  • Qazvin Museum (2)

    First Established in Chehel Soton in 1968,& moved to new place in 2004.Holds ceramics, woodcarvings, Gold ornament, Painting & .... objects from 6th mill. BC until Qajar You won't find some of such object like those in other museums in IranIt’s open from 8 am to 1pm and from 5 to 8 pm daily except Monday. Ticket costs IR2.000 for Iranian...

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  • Fogha early type of Coke - Qazvin Museum

    Fogha JugCeramic12th centuryFogha was Gassy drink. as Coke they kept fogha at such like this jugThe door was covered with skin until gas produced in drinkthe skin was pierced for sucking at time of drinking

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  • Darvaze(Gate) Darb Koshk

    built during Naser eldin shah of QajarDarb Koshk gate has got one facade towards the outside of the city that is ornamented with wall-arcades, tile-works and Rasmibandi decorations.

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  • Aali Ghapoo

    Southern door of Safavid royal court.firstly made in Shah Tahmasb’s times and after that in Shah Abbas' I.On the front of the elevated portal which is 17m high and has got a peak arch, There shines a glazed tiled inscription in Sols Jali calligraphy achieved by Alireza Abbassi over which a big lattice-window of tile is set.

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  • Bazaar

    Built during Safavid & developed by Qajarmost parts bazaars have been destroyed without anything left,but some complex still exist:Saad ol-Saltaneh ComplexQeisariehSaray-e VazirSaray-e Razavi (Shah)Saray-e Hadj RezaSadieh BazaarBazaar derives from the Persian word bāzār, the etymology of which goes back to the Pahlavi word baha-char...

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  • Peighambariyeh or char Anbia

    Peighambariyeh means the place of the prophetsFour Jewish Prophets who gave tidings of the arrival of Jesus Christ, are said to be buried here. Their Arabic names are: Salam, Solum, al-Qiya, and Sohuli.as like as other shrine whole the walls covered by small mirrors The architect was Mirza Masoud Sheikh Ol-Eslam

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Qazvin Restaurants

  • As good as recommended?

    Dish Gheymeh nasar (meat stew) was recommended by the LP guide. It was alright and not much special. The dish was IR27,000 (May 08]). There are other dishes which are more attractive. Try them. See more pics for restaurant inisde, menu and the dish.

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  • Good place and quiet

    I wanted to have rice (Chelo) in the 1st night in Qazvin, but I looked for 1 hours around the Iran hotel and could not find. So I went back to the hotel restaurant. The meal was good and I have salad, Delster (non-alcoholic drink), mixed meat and rice for IR47,000 (May 08). The restaurant was empty as I think most people would think it is...

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Qazvin Transportation

  • Train from Qazvin to Tehren

    I took a morning train at 9am from Qazvin to Tehreh. The trip was 2 hours, whilst bus may take up to 3 hours. It was 2nd class and costs IR6,000 (May 08). The train is double deck and it is like the communter trains in other countires. It is comfortable with air-con.Taxi from Iran Hotel to train station was IR10,000 (May 2008), although it could be...

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  • Taxi to Gazor Khan (Alamut Castle)

    The car+driver was arranged by Hotel Iran in Qazvin. For 1 person 1 castle Gazor Khan (Alamut Castle) US$50 and 2 castles - both Gazor Khan (Alamut Castle) and Lamiasar US$65. Later in the night the hotel managed to arrange 3 more Swiss travellers to go together. At end, the car charges for 2 castles was US$90 for 4 people. When we negotiated, the...

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  • Bus from Zanjan to Qazvin

    I took a morning bus from Zanjan to Qazvin. Buses are waiting at Ferdosi St and Beheshti (Khayyam) St. I was there at 9:15am but had to wait all passengers to fill the bus beforw it could start off at 10:10am.The bus was to Tehren and it cost IR20,000 (May 08). It took 2 hours to get to Qazvin. The worse part was that the bus dropped me off not in...

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Qazvin Off The Beaten Path

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    by MalenaN Written Dec 29, 2006

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    Ovan Lake is situated in Qazvin province, about 75 km from Qazvin and near Alamut. The lake is 8 km from the Qazvin - Alamut road. The view over the lake and the surrounding mountains ( Alborz Mountains) is beautiful and really worth the detour. In the area around the lake are four villages. The water in the lake comes from springs in the bottom. It covers about 90 000 sq m and is 325 metres long and 275 metres wide, and has a depth of 20 metres.
    When the weather is nice Ovan Lake is a popular place for picnic on Fridays.

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