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Conference Venue

 

Sights to see in Tehran:

The Iranian Center for International Conferences, the Center for International Research and Education, Shahid Aghaei St. Shahid Bahonar St. Niavaran, Tehran

Iranian Center for International Conferences (ICIC)

 

View of Mount Damavand as seen from the Dizin ski resort.

View of Mount Damavand as seen from the Dizin ski resort.

The city is quite divided along the lines of north and south – the south being the former heart of Tehran and now a more conservative, religious and poorer area than the cosmopolitan north.

Tehran has two airports; Mehrabad airport, located in the west of the city is mostly used for domestic flights, with international flights leaving from Imam Khomeini Airport, approximately 35 kms south of Tehran.

 

Sights to see in Tehran:

Tehran Bazaar (15 Khordad Ave) – most of the architecture of this bazaar is less than 200 years old, but the site itself has been used by traders for approximately 1000 years. It is situated towards the south of the city and stretches for over 10km. The men running the stalls, the ‘bazaris’ are often very wealthy, conservative and religious and wield significant political power and a history of resisting authority. Tehran Bazaar is estimated to control one third of Iran’s retail and trade sector. The bazaar appears as a city within a city; it has over one dozen mosques, many banks and several guest-houses. Each row of the bazaar specialises in a particular trade, including jewelry, paper, copper, carpets, gold and spices.

Tehran Bazaar (15 Khordad Ave)

Tehran Bazaar (15 Khordad Ave)

 

Imam Khomeini Mosque – located within the bazaar and noted for its impressive tile-work, this mosque is one of the most croweded and largest mosques in Tehran. It is accessible from many parts of the bazar and hundreds of people.

Golestan Palace (Ark Sq) – this palace was built during the Qajar Period and is illustrative of the excesses and grandeur of the Qajar rulers. Each building comprising the palace has its own unique history.

Shams ol-Emāreh was Tehran's first tallest building, built between 1865 and 1867

Shams ol-Emāreh was Tehran's first tallest building, built between 1865 and 1867.

National Museum of Iran (Si Tir St) – designed by French architect André Godard, this building blends Sassanian principles of architecture with Deco-style brickwork. There is a wonderful collection from Persepolis as well as collections of ceramics, potterz, stone carvings and figures from Ismail Abad, Sush, Rey and Turang Tappeh.

US Den of Espionage (Taleqani Ave) -This is the former US embassy in Tehran has a fascinating history; it is the place from where CIA operatives coordinated the 1953 coup d’etat which brought down Mohammad Mossadegh’s government and where in 1979, students held 52 diplomats hostage for a period of 444 days. It is only open the public at specific times.

Sa’d Abad Museum Complex (Valiasr Ave, Taheri St) - the former royal summer home, with more than ten buildings spread out over 104 hectares of mountainside parkland. If there is not time to see all the museums, the While and Green Palaces come the most highly recommended.

Green Palace at the Sadabad Palace complex.

Green Palace at the Sadabad Palace complex.

 

Niyavaran Palace Museum (Niyavaran Ave, off Shahid Bahonar Sq.) – this is the complex where Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his family spent much of the last ten years of the Shah’s reign. The palace is spread over five hectares of landscaped gardens.

Park-e Mellat – Tehran has a large number of parks that offer ideal places for escaping the chaos and pollution of the city. This park is located off Valiasr Ave.

Park-e Shahr – here it is possible to go ice-skating in the winter, take a boat trip on the small lake.

Azadi Tower (Azadi Sq) – this striking tower located at the end of Azadi Ave was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Azadi Tower

Azadi Tower

 

Milad Tower – at 435m, this telecoms tower is the tallest building in Iran, and (as of early 2010) the sixth tallest tower in the world and the 14th largest freestanding structure in the world.

Milad Tower at Night

Milad Tower at Night

 

Other museums include:

  • Museum of the Islamic Period (Si Tir St)
  • Iban Ebrat Museum (off Sabt St)
  • National Jewels Museum (Ferdosi St)
  • Glass and Ceramics Museum (Si Tir St)
  • Madraseh Va Masjed-e Sepahsalar (Mostafa Khomeini St, off Baharestan Sq)
  • Iranian Photographers’ Centre (Somayyeh St)
  • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (Kargar Ave)
  • Carpet Museum of Iran (Fatemi and Kargar Ave)
 

Information sources

Burke. A and Elliot. M, Lonely Planet: Iran, (Lonely Planet Publications, 2008).

http://historicaliran.blogspot.com

http://www.cellular-news.com

http://wikitravel.org

http://en.wikipedia.org