Why you should visit Tehran
Beneath its rough façade Tehran is Iran's biggest and most vibrant city, a place where contemporary culture thrives alongside conservative traditionalism. Tehran is a busy metropolis packed with almost 20% of the country's population and despite its reputation as a modern, expanding city, Tehran has some outstanding museums, palaces and hotels.
The gateway to Iran, it is well worth spending a few days in Tehran to see some of its treasures.
Highlights of a visit to Tehran
The Archaeological Section of the National Museum showcases a vast collection of objects from the prehistoric and historic periods.
Glass & Ceramic Museum with beautifully displayed exhibits from the 2nd millennium BC.
Crown Jewels Museum displays one of the most spectacular collections of treasures in the world.
The Islamic Period Section of the National Museum Museum exhibits some of the best collections of Persian visual arts that flourished between 9th-18th.
Carpet Museum displays some fabulous pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries from all over Iran.
Golestan Palace Complex consisting of a charming mirrored reception hall, galleries and royal quarters representing the arts of 19th century Iran.
Green Palace an ornate and classical palace built by the Qajars and remodeled by the Pahlavis.
Grand Bazaar of Tehran , a truly Persian covered bazaar that controls Iran's entire trade sector, and sets the standard for prices across the country.
Reza Abbasi Museum showcases one of the most fabulous collections of Iranian art.
Sa'dabad Complex a royal summer residence of the Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs set in a spectacular mountainside forested land.
White Palace built by the Pahlavis serving as a summer residence for the last Shah of Iran.
Gate of Bagh-e Melli , the last surviving of the twelve gates that originally pierced the mud walls of the old citadel of Tehran.