The residence of crown princes of Qajar (1789-1925) until 1925, has a lot to offer you! The Tabriz attractions include Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, Azerbaijan Museum, Blue Mosque, Poets’ Mausoleum, Elgoli Park, and Shahriar House Museums.
Tabriz is the city of first ones for most Iranians. Since the city hosts the first printing house, university, municipality, cinema hall, and the first Iranian kindergarten for deaf children.’
The hand-woven Tabriz carpet is very well-known. Traveling Tabriz, you can enjoy watching and even buying these elegant Tabriz rugs. In addition, dried nuts, and chocolate are other products of the city.
Besides, in 2018, the Organization of Islamic Conference named Tabriz as the “City Of The Islamic World Tourism” and in 2015, World Craft Council called Tabriz as “World Carpet Weaving City”. So you are walking in a city with global recognition!
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Tabriz attractions you should put on your list
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
This amazing bazaar is one of the commercial centers on the Silk Road. In fact, it has interconnected brick structures with cover. The bazaar, as one of Tabriz’s attractions, is from the 13th century when Tabriz was the capital during the Safavid era.
The bazaar is on the UNESCO world heritage list. So you can find anything in the bazaar from spices to groceries. You can find anything in the bazaar. In addition, do not forget Mozaffarieh, the part of the bazaar dedicated to carpets.
Walking in the bazaar, the domed ceiling amazes you. Besides, you can see the traces of Iranian traditional architecture in all parts of this trading center. You can find a variety of nuts, carpets, and other items in the bazaar.
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This unique mosque in Tabriz is one of the great and best samples of Persian architecture for mosques. Still the locals pray and ceremonies held in this beautiful mosque.
Actually, a massive earthquake struck the mosque in 1779. The mosque, Goy Masjid in the Azeri language, was reconstructed during the recent 50 years.
Blue tiles cover every surface of the mosque. In fact, the covering of surfaces took 25 years. Actually, this is the reason that the place is called a blue mosque.
Tabriz attractions, museums
You can find several historical buildings and museums in Tabriz. Here you can find some of these beautiful historical landmarks. Saat tower, a building with a hall, a tower with a clock with a small garden, and the fountain is also a landmark in Tabriz. Behnam House is a beautiful historical building. It is from the later part of the Zand dynasty (1750–1794) and the early part of the Qajar dynasty (1781–1925), as a residential house. There are more to enjoy history in this city, so read on:
The museum or Iran Age museum is one of the landmarks of Tabriz city. There you can visit artifacts excavated from Hassanlu, a town dated back to 4000 years ago there!
On the ground floor, you can find relics including rhytons, goddess figurines dated back to the Iron Age until the Sassanid era (212-656 CE) and mesmerize by the history of Iran. Besides, the second-floor house to coins dated back to the Achaemenid to the Qajar era.
In the basement, there are Ahad Hosseini’s sculptures. The sculptures made of plaster features the fate of mankind according to Hosseini’s belief in the 20th century.
Constitution House of Tabriz
In fact, Tabriz was the cradle of several modern movements in Iran.
This traditional house, as one of Tabriz’s attractions, was actually a gathering place for activists and leaders of the Constitutional Revolution in the early 1900s, which led to the establishment of a parliament in Iran during the Qajar era.
In fact, Haj Vali Memar Tabrizi constructed the house in two stories in 1868.
It was the place that national renowned figures like Sattar Khan and Baqer Khan held meetings with other members of the movement. You can find an exhibition of sculptures of Iranian constitution activists on the first floor. Their weapons and personal belongings, as well as the printing machine for their night letters and papers, are on display at the museum.
Shahriar House Museum
Mohammad Hossein Behjat Tabrizi (1906–88) is known as Shahriar. In fact, he is one of the famous contemporary poets of Iran and is a renowned Azeri poet in Iran.
His house is now a museum. There you can find his personal belongings and everyday life!
Besides, his books, cane, notebooks, handwritten notes, photo albums and etc. are on display at the house museum. In fact, Heydar Babaya Salam is his most famous poem in Azeri. The poem recounts his childhood and named after a mountain named ‘Heydarbaba’, which overlooks his childhood village near Tabriz.
He was buried at the Poets’ Mausoleum in Tabriz. The place houses about 400 scholars and literary figures of the city since 800 years ago.
It provides you a chance to visit the beautiful city of Tabriz lying beneath your feet. In fact, the Eyn-Ali Cable, a gondola lift in Mount Eynali in northern Tabriz, brings you up to the peak of Eyn-Ali mountain.
The Eyn-Ali slope is one of the recreation centers of people in Tabriz. You can also see people make a picnic in the place.
El Goli Park
An artificial lake in the center of the park is the gem of El Goli and is one of Tabriz’s attractions. An edifice, which is the reconstruction of a Qajar Palace, is located in the middle of the lake.
In fact, the construction of the park dates back to the Qajar era in the 18th century. According to some sources, it was built in the 14th century.
Actually, the name of the place was originally Shah Gölü (Goli), which means royal pond. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the name was changed to El Goli, which means people’s pond.
Located in Kaleybar, the fort is a large citadel on the top of a mountain.
Babak Fort is in the heart of the marvelous Arasbaran Forest in northwestern Iran.
So while visiting the fort, you can also enjoy the beauty of this great forest. This forest is on the biosphere reserves of Iran on the UNESCO list.
But what about Babak Fort? The fort is dated back to the Sassanid era (224–651).
However, the fort is named after Babak Khorramdin (795/798 – 838). He was one of the main Iranian who rebelled against Arabs. He and his followers fought against Arabs for 22 years from this fort.
The conical architecture of Kandovan village is near Tabriz, Eastern Azerbaijan Province. This historical village is located on the foothill of the Sabalan Mountains. According to some theories, it is on the Iran national heritage list. The establishment of the village was probably during the Mongol invasion of Iran from 1219 to 1221.
The building has mostly two floors. There are some three and four-story buildings as well. There is a barn on the ground floor. The first floor is for family inhibition. The other floors are the storehouse and for guests.
Tabriz attractions, food and edibles you should not miss!
City of sweets
Tabriz is the city of sweets. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the city that you can enjoy a variety of tastes!
Nogha is one of the sweets that you can find in Tabriz.
The original Iranian nougat, Nogha, consists of the exudate of an insect in wild tamarisk trees.
However today it is a mixture of bean egg whites and sugar. The mixture is the same in gaz.
The Nogha is between two layers of wafers in rectangular shapes.
Ris, special Baklava, Qorabieh, and saffron loz are other popular sweets of marvelous Tabriz city.
Dried nuts of Tabriz
Tabriz is well-known for its dried nuts. Known as ajil in the Persian language, nuts, and dried fruits are the main souvenirs of Tabriz city. You can find several nuts stores with high-quality products.
Roasted and salted nuts, Char Maghz (four seeds) including almond, hazelnuts, pistachio and cashew, sweet nuts, and raw nuts are different kinds of products.
Don’t leave Tabriz without tasting Koofteh! This delicious dish is a great meatball. It is usually stuffed with walnuts, barberries, and sometimes eggs.
Grounded meat and split peas. It is served with a tomato sauce. Tabrizi cheese is another thing that you should taste in the city. It has a salty taste with a delicate texture. Don’t forget Tabriz’s sweets and desserts like Nogha, Ris, and Baklava during your stay at Tabriz.