Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Iran

Iran is one of those countries with a rich history in the world which dating back to millenniums B.C.E up to present. Iran/Persia is able to attract so much attention to its unique monuments and its culture as well as is successful in satisfying a variety of tastes. Since the wealth and long story can be behind on each place, you can get acquainted with the history of the ancient countries, different lifestyles, different foods, memorable natures,… 

Iran is such a country of many exceptional monuments which was inscribed by UNESCO World Heritage Organization. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value; interesting thing is that Iran was nominated and today is for sure one of the exciting destinations. These properties are including 22 cultural and 1 natural places which you can not miss them. Let's get familiar with properties making Iran one a significant country.

1. Tchogha Zanbil at Susa

The ruins of the holy city of the Elamite civilization, Located in ancient Elam (today Khuzestan province) in southwest Iran. Tchogha Zanbil also called Dur-Untash, or the City of Untash, in Elamite civilization, was founded by king Untash-Napirisha at 13-century B.C.E as the religious center of Elam. The city was inscribed by UNESCO Word Heritage Organization as the first site in Iran in Khuzestan tours of Iran welcome you Persian travel agency you can visit this impressive monument.


 Tchogha Zanbil at Susa

2. Persepolis

The magnificent ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire founded by Darius I in 518 B.C. Renowned as the gem of Achaemenid (Persian) ensembles in the fields of architecture, urban planning, construction technology, and art. The royal city of Persepolis has no equivalent among the archaeological sites which bear unique witness to a most ancient civilization. The magnificent ruins of Persepolis are known as UNESCO World Heritage Site by inscribing in 1979.  This is one the impressive monument of the ancient world which make you astonished. At Shiraz tour in Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency to visit this splendid ensemble. 




 3. Meidan Emam, Esfahan

Naghsh-e Jahan or Image of the World, formerly as Meidan-e Shah, Meidan Emam is not typical of urban ensembles in Iran, is a public urban square in the center of Esfahan, as one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It built by Shah Abbas I the Great at the beginning of the 17th century, and bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storey arcades, the site is known for the Royal Mosque, the Mosque of Sheykh Lotfollah, the magnificent Portico of Qaysariyyeh and the 15th-century Timurid palace. As the great square of Iran country, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Organization in 1979. You can visit this great square in Isfahan tours With Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency. 

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Meidan Emam, Esfahan 

4. Takht-e-Soleyman:

The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman (meaning ‘The Throne of Solomon’) located in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region in West Azerbaijan province, northwest of Iran. It covers a vast area of about 124000 sq. The site includes the outstanding example of Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sassanian period (6th and 7th centuries)  which was dedicated to Anahita. As well it contains the most Mysteries Lake in the world that has ever existed. Along with several adjacent sites, Takht-e Soleymān was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. you can visit this mystery attraction at UNESCO tour of Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency.

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5. Bam and its cultural landscape:
Bam and its related sites display the highlighting cultural landscape and the exceptional testimony to the development of a trading settlement in the desert environment of the Central Asian region. The origins of Bam can be going back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries B.C). Its heyday was from the 7th to 11th centuries, being at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments. This citadel was the largest mud-brick building in the world, which was destroyed almost entirely on December 5, 2003, in a terrible earthquake and has recently rebuilt.
 This site has been approved as an Iranian tangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2004. You can reach this destination through Kerman tour of Iran welcomes you travel agency.


 Bam and its cultural landscape

6. Pasargadae:

Pasargadae located in the homeland of Persians in Iran, next to Shiraz city when it was in power at Achaemenid time. As World Heritage Site, was the first dynastic capital of the one of Persian Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, Iran, in the 6th century B.C. Displaying exceptional testimony of Achaemenid dynasty in Persia with its palaces, gardens, and the tomb of the founder of the dynasty, Cyrus the Great. The great Cyrus, the famous ruler of the Persian Empire is one of the most celebrated rulers in the world's history. When he was killed during the war, Cyrus's body was mummified and brought back to his capital, Pasargadae, and laid in his sarcophagus. This noteworthy complex is among the list of UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2004. In order to get acquainted which makes you visit this monument place, please see the Shiraz tour in Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency website.

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7. Soltaniyeh:

The mausoleum of Oljaytu (the eighth Ilkhanid ruler) was the ancient capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty and was a very exquisite mosque that is well-known in the world from the viewpoint of architecture, constructed in 14th century in Persia, founded by the Mongols. Its dome is considered as the masterpiece of Islamic Architecture of the Ilkhanid Period which is covered with eye-catching turquoise-blue faience tiles. This unique vast dome formed by double-shell structure (an inside shell and an outside shell), and the materials and themes used in its interior decoration. This dome is the third-largest dome of the world in terms of height after the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Hagia Sophia mosque.
It was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. At the UNESCO tour of Iran welcomes you travel agency you can visit this attraction.

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 Dome of Soltaniyeh

8. Bisotun:

The 2006 UNESCO World Heritage site of Bisotun located at Kermanshah province of Iran along a historical trade route, containing the remains which dating from pre-historic times to the history time of ancient Persia from the times of Median, Achaemenid, Sassanian and Ilkhanid periods. The Bisotun Complex includes Bisotun Inscription, Bistoon Caves, Khosrow Bridge, and Hercules Statue. This brilliant cuneiform inscription that was written by the order of Darius of the Persian Empire is regarded as the most prominent feature of this complex. The inscription has become famous as the longest in the world which is one of the first documents of Iran. On the one day tour of Kermanshah of Iran welcomes you travel agency you can visit it.

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Bisotun inscription 

9. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran:

In the north-west of the Iran country, there is The Armenian Monastic Ensembles which includes three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor dating back to 7th century.
The Armenian Monasteries of Iran represent the prominent Universal Value of Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. As the place of pilgrimage of the apostle St. Thaddeus, these ensembles bear exquisite living testimony to Armenian religious traditions down the centuries. This complex was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iran in 2008. By this Persian Travel agency, you'll be a trip and visit this sightseeing through the UNESCO Tours of Iran Welcome You Persian travel agency. It can give you the chance of visiting these scrumptious Armenian monuments.

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran 

10. Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System:

At the west of Iran near to civilization of Elamite, there is one of Iran's UNESCO site named as Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System which is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, which referred to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C, although the major part of its construction dates back to the Sassanid dynasty. It is as rich in its diversity of civil engineering structures and its constructions as in the diversity of its uses (urban water supply, mills, irrigation, river transport, and defensive system). Probably it was influenced by the Petra dam and tunnel.
This system has been registered in UNESCO’s List as a tangible heritage site in 2009. You can visit this masterpiece of creative genius in Khuzestan tours With Iran welcomes you travel agency.

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Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System 

11. Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex:

Tabriz, the former Capital city of the Early Safavid Dynasty has long been the venue of cultural exchanges, and its historic bazaar complex which inscribed by UNESCO World Heritage Organization in 2010 is one of the most important commercial centers on the Silk Road.
Tabriz Historic Bazaar complex located among one of the most
Frequented east-west trade routes, consists of a series of interlinked, covered brick structures and enclosed spaces. As Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex is one of the major and important international trade and cultural centers in Asia and the world between the 12th and the 18th centuries CE, it was used for a variety of functions, commercials, and trade-related activities, social gatherings, and educational and religious practices. You can visit this destination with Tabriz tour offered by Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency.

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Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex 

12. Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil:

Sheikh Safi was one of the great Sufi master and one of the highly respected features of 7 hundred years ago who knew many things and brought so knowledge for people. He constructed the exquisite building in a garden as khangah for his students to train and today he is buried in this place. Sheikh Safi was the ancestor of Safavid's first ruler, Shah Ismail I. Nowadays it is considered one of the finest khangah structures in Iran.
This ensemble name has been among the list of UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2010. The UNESCO Tour of Iran welcomes you travel agency gives you the chance of visiting this pleasant attraction.


Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh  

13. The Persian Garden:


Persian gardens resemble heaven or paradise on earth as it refers to the unique design and indicates the adaptation between nature and human. One of the first traces of the geometrical garden in Persia dating back to approximately 500 B.C.E when Cyrus the Great, founder of Achaemenid dynasty established the first unified empire of medians and Persian both together at his capital city, Pasargadae. The design of the Persian Garden, based on the right angle and geometrical proportions, is often divided into four sections known as Chahar Bagh (Four Gardens). Later during the Sassanid dynasty, when Zoroastrianism became the official religion of whole Persia, water in art grew increasingly important and manifested in gardens design with lovely fountains and ponds. After Arab Conquest, the aesthetic aspect starting to grow up and made to build several splendid gardens in Iran. Persian gardens include 9 gardens, selected from various regions of Iran.
UNESCO announced this complex as the Iran world heritage site in 2011. At UNESCO tour of Iran welcomes you travel agency you can visit these universal value property of Persia.

Eram Garden 

14. Gonbad-e Qābus:


Qabus Tower (Gonbad-e Qabus) is the highest brick-baked- tower built in the world, which dates back to 1006 AD. With 53 meter height, it could be considered as the world's tallest brick building and the only remaining evidence of Gorgan city which was a former center of arts and science in the Ziarid dynasty in Iran country. This tower was made on the order of Qabus Ibn Voshmgir and then it was destroyed during the Mongols’ invasion in the 14th and 15th centuries.
 It illustrates the development of mathematics and science in the Muslim world at the turn of the first millennium AD.
It is not only a tower but also is used to be like a lighthouse on land so people passing trough silk road could use it to guide them in the area. 
 The name of this attraction is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2012. Come along with the UNESCO Tour of Iran welcomes you travel agency to reach this destination. 

 Gonbad-e Qābus


15. Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan:

At the center of the historic district of Isfahan, Capital of Iran during the Safavid Dynasty (1501-1738), there is the astonishing congregational mosque that portraits the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries, starting in 841 A.D.
In a couple of hours, you are able to see 800 years of Islamic design which displays architectural styles of different periods in Iran country. At more than 20,000sq meters, it is also the biggest mosque in Iran and containing 4 Iwans (Portico) with 4 gates face to face. Religious activity on this site is believed to date back to the Sassanid Zoroastrians of country Persia.
Among the various and famous names at UNESCO lists, the name of Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan can be visible since 2012.
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 Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan
16. Golestan Palace:


 At Tehran city, Capital of Iran, there is the valuable gem of Iranian architecture, called lavish Golestan Palace which greeting you among the beautiful garden. This most famous palace of Iran country had a long history from the Safavid era to the Pahlavi dynasty. The former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city has been approved as an Iranian tangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013. This brilliant building has one of the tiniest tile works that you should definitely see.

The palace has 10 halls and buildings full of ornamentation. By this Persian travel agency, you’ll get close to this magnificent memento of old Tehran. Please follow this on the Iran tour package of Iran welcomes you travel agency. 

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 Golestan Palace

17. Shahr-i Sokhta:

Shah-i sokhta or burnt city, one of the wonders of the ancient world is one of the best places to get acquainted with the most advanced urban establishment of the Bronze Age.  This area was Founded around 3200 BC, was populated and developed several distinct areas within the city: This settlement, which flourished for more than a thousand years between the end of the fourth and the beginning of the second millennium B.C., reached the peak of its prosperity as a center of trade and raw materials around 2700-2600 B.C. The remains of the mud-brick city represent the emergence of the first complex societies in eastern Iran. The remains of buried structures in the soil and the numerous objects discovered in this city remain in a well-preserved state due to the specific dry desert climate of this region make this site a rich source of information regarding the emergence of complex societies and contacts between them in the third millennium BC. Another sightseeing of Persia which is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2014 is Shahr-I Sukhta located at the eastern of Iran at Zahedan Province. Following the UNESCO Tour package of Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency can give you the chance to visit this UNESCO site of Iran. 

Shahr-i Sokhta 

18. Susa:

The prominent Elamite city of Persia, Susa was once the greatest city of ancient Persia which had been the important city in the Persian Empire. During its all historical events, it was able to regained prominence in 521 B.C. when Darius I set it up as Achaemenids' fortified winter capital. Today is a pleasantly small new town with vast Archeological sites,
Splendid castle and the enigmatic tomb of Danial prophet. it is also famous for its ziggurat Tchogha Zanbil which is considered as one of the must-see monuments. This ancient Elamite city of country Persia is designated by UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2015. Following the Khuzestan package which offers by Iran welcomes you Persian tour operator you can visit this city.

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Susa City 

19. Cultural Landscape of Maymand:

Maymand is one of the fascinating villages at the heart of a mountain at Kerman province, Iran, which its houses constructed without using mud, brick, mortar, …!
Being the only handmade village caused to attract the attention of UNESCO O Organization and announced this amazing village as World Heritage Site of Iran in 2015. It is one of the best samples of nature architects where its people raise their animals on mountain pastures. At ……. Tour of Iran welcomes you, tour operator, you can visit this beautiful village.

 Cultural Landscape of Maymand

20. The Persian Qanat:

Persian underground Qanats are one of the fascinating water extraction and shifting system which consider as the marvels of water engineering in deserts. Many of them are still in use throughout Iran Since most regions in Iran are dry-desert and warm. This adaptation made people to using Qantas. Iranians have succeeded in eliminating their water needs by supporting the ancient Qantas system of tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground tunnels by gravity, often over many kilometers. Qantas are a symbol for the introduction of cultural traditions and rich civilization in dry and desert areas. It is registered by UNESCO Organization as a World Heritage Site in 2016.

The Persian Qanat 

21. Lut Desert:

The first Iran's natural site which inscribed in 2016 by UNESCO World Heritage Organization is the Lut desert, located in the south-east of the country. Considering the hottest point of Iran, it is caused by Aeolian erosion on a colossal scale where its popular activities contain: visiting impressive kalut, driving to see Gandomberian place, safari,… you can enjoy your time visiting this natural wonder of Iran at Kerman desert tour which can be arranged by Iran welcomes you Persian travel agency. 

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 Lut Desert

22. Historic City of Yazd:

At the center of Iran, there is one of the ancient cities on earth called the historic city of Yazd. It can be traced to the time of the Achaemenid era and en route of Silk Road. It is the traditional earthen city of Iran where life has been adapted to its desert location through the most noteworthy water system of Qantas, amazing wind catchers, and adobe roofs. This public-religious architecture has been included among the list of UNESCO World Heritage Organization since 2017. If you haven't visited this unique UNESCO city, don't Miss Yazd tour of Iran welcomes you Persian Travel agency.

 Historic City of Yazd

23. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region:

The newest monuments of Iran which inscribed by UNESCO World Heritage Organization in 2018 as the 23rd properties are 3geography areas near to Shiraz city. These are admirable sites if the Sassanid dynasty such as Sassanid Palace at Sarvestan, Firouz Abad complex:, Qale-ye-Dokhtar, Ardeshir Palace, and monuments at bishapour including the historic city of Bishapour (Gur City), Tang Chogan Bas relieves and Shapour cave. At the Sassanian tour which offered by Iran welcomes you Persian Travel agency you can visit these historic monuments.

Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region 

24. Hyrcanian Forests

According to UNESCO, Hyrcanian forests form a unique forested massif that stretches 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The history of these broad-leaved Hyrcani forests dates back 25 to 50 million years when they covered most of this Northern Temperate region. 


 Hyrcanian Forests


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