Tabriz was the capital of Iran in the first half of the 16th century with rich cultural and political background extremely influential in the country’s recent history, a pioneer in modern developments, and renowned for its parks, gardens and handicrafts, particularly for its worldwide famous rugs. The main highlights include:

Grand Bazaar of Tabriz (Prospective World Heritage Site), a magnificent covered labyrinthine with impressive domed halls and fine brick vaulting.

Azarbaijan Museum with exhibits from the 3rd millennium BC, as well as a re-weave of the famous Chelsea carpet now in London’s V&A Museum.

Kaboud Mosque a glorious building with every surface covered with the blue tiles and intricate calligraphy.

Arg-e Ali Shah a huge brick edifice, a landmark and a remnant of early 14th-century citadel.

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