Persian architecture is renowned for its intricate brilliance and splendour. The mosques, palaces and ancient sites are generally in remarkably good condition and are easly accessable for visitors.
Perhaps the most well known of all the ancient sites in Iran and the 'Gate of All Nations' is easily recognisable. The site dates back over 2,500 years and many of the reliefs and inscriptions are well preserved.
The nearby Necropolis or Naqsh-e-Rustam are a series of tombs dating back c.3,000 years and include the grand tombs of Darius 1 and Darius 2.
This palace in Tehran is often the first site for foreign visitors and is a vast layout of palaces, museums, halls and monuments. The gardens are also impressive. A visit here is well worth it and you should allow a minimum of several hours to explore thoroughly.
Al Qapu Palace
Every trip to Iran will include a visit to Esfahan and the Al Qapu palace is a fascinating architectural masterpiece. The many paintings are stunning and the acoustics of some of the rooms built for playing music are equal to any modern symphony hall.
The beautiful mosque in Esfahan is in near perfect condition inside and the tile design of the walls and ceiling are breath taking. This is the highlight of the equally impressive Esfahan square where you can relax by fountains, browse the bazaar or sit on a terrace and sip tea.
Sheikh Loftollah Mosque
Also in the Nagsh-iJahan Square (Esfahan square) is the privately built mosque for the royal court of the Safavid period and is considered to be a masterpiece. It is particuarly beautiful at sunset where the moon will often rise above the dome and create a stunning image.
Nasir Ol Molk Mosque
Known as the Pink Mosque of Shiraz or the rainbow mosque due the incredible colour patterns caste from the stained glassed windows. As with many buildings in Iran, the inside is more impressive than outside and it's possible to spend many hours here soaking up the mystical atmosphere.