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Iran’s massive capital of Tehran is a sprawling city at the foot of the Alborz mountain range. With a population of approximately 15 million people, it is the largest city in the Middle East and a cultural melting pot full of interesting museums, historical palaces, art galleries, cultural centres and lively cafes and restaurants, not to mention some of the most friendly and welcoming people you are ever likely to meet.

You shouldn't miss the Golestan Palace - this extravagant building was historically the royal Qajar complex, the seat of the Shahs of Persia. The many museums here are also well worth a visit if you're interested in learning more about the history and culture of Iran, in particular the National Museum, Carpet Museum of Iran and Niavaran Palace Complex. Tehran is also home to the Iranian Imperial Crown Jewels, claimed to be the largest, most dazzling and valuable jewel collection in the world, which includes crowns and thrones, 30 tiaras, jewel-studded swords and shields and a vast number of loose precious gems.