Tehran, the capital of Iran, the 2019 winner of World Smart City Award, has a population of about 10 million people. The extent of what Tehran has to offer to tourists is underrated globally. From strolling down the colourful 200 years old Grand Bazaar of Tehran, to visiting vibrant museums, mosques and churches, as well as experiencing Persian street food on one of the most iconic streets of Tehran, this walking tour is designed to show off the process of modernisation of Tehran through a new set of lenses. Learn about the historical events that happened in Iran’s most secular and liberal city and ongoing history of it.
Walkthrough the city streets built during the 19th and 20th century
Learn about the ancient history of Iran (Persia) from 3000 BC to now
Trace through Si- e Tir Street for street food, cultural and religious exploration
Visit the Zoroastrian fire temple of Tehran
Visit the grand Armenian church in Tehran
While in Tehran, you ought to visit the two lavish palaces, built during Qajar dynasty. A visit to Tehran is not complete without taking a tour to the Versailles of Tehran, the extravagant Golestan Palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning palace, with its backdrop of colourful tiled walls, has been captured by so many bloggers, upon a visit from all around the globe. The historical complex was built during the Safavid dynasty. It consists of 17 spectacular buildings filled with Persian artwork, mirrored walls and ceilings. It is a true architectural masterpiece.
The Shah Mosque, an Iranian architectural masterpiece, was built during the early time of the Qajar Dynasty. You can access the courtyard of the mosque from all corners of the Grand Bazaar and see the Persian best artworks that the whole mosque embellished with.
During the modernisation boom of Iran, The Palace of the Justice in Tehran was built during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, between 1938-1946. The proximity to the Golestan Palace inspired the architect to utilise contemporary, yet Iranian elements in his design. The impressive site of this premise, with its high stone pillars and corridors, is a must-see in Tehran. Today, the High Council of the Judiciary is based in this building.
The very first Iranian university or Dar-Ol-Fonoon whose construction dates back in 1851 in Tehran. Dar-Ol-Fonoon marked the beginning of modern education in Iran. The hero behind this establishment is Amir Kabir, the Chief Minister of one of Qajar kings at the time. Amir Kabir’s diplomatic trips to Russia and the Ottoman Empire made him realise the importance of education in a country where political volatility was dominant. Today, the historical building of Dar-Ol-Fonoon is under renovations as part of the University of Tehran. Still, visits are allowed for tourists keen to check out the mosaic coated entrance and the tranquil garden of the site.
The Anglican church of Saint Peters was built during the Qajar era in 1981 in Tehran. It locates on Si- e Tir Street, along with many other religious and cultural monuments such as the Iranian National Museum and Haim synagogue. Saint Peters Church is a top tourist attraction in Tehran. The combination of Iranian and European architecture in the monument of this church is eye-catching.
Start the tour from Golestan Palace location at 10 a.m. and continue with your actual Tehrani guide to the Grand Bazaar, Shah Mosque, old mansions in ancient districts, Imam Khomeini Square, Royal Bank, National garden gate, fire temple and church and best treasure museums of the city for approximately 2.5 hours.