5 great unknown places in Iran

Laleh Kandovan Rocky Hotel

Located 30 miles outside the Northwestern city of Tabriz lives the troglodyte village of Kandovan. Here lies the cone-shaped caves, which have been cut out of volanic rock. The village is over 800 years old and the Laleh Kandovan Rocky Hotel gives visitors a real experience of rock dwelling.

Toghrol Tower

The Toghrol Tower is a 12th-century Seljuk-era monument situated in the city of Rey. The city is located on the Southern outskirts of Iran’s capital, Tehran. The tower lives amongst many historical monuments, which includes a 500 year old Safavid-era bazaar. During its time, the tower served as the mausoleum for Seljuk King Toghrol Beg. The tower is 20 meters tall and is protected by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization.

Soltaniyeh Dome

Located in the Northwestern Province of Zanjan is the mausoleum of Oljaytu at Soltaniyeh. It lies within a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means it is listed as a special cultural site, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Oljaytu at Soltaniyeh is topped by one of the largest domes in the world. Much of the structure’s exterior colors and tiles appear to have faded through the centuries of the mausoleums existence. However, the vibrant design remains largely intact.

Bekhradi Historical House

The Bekhradi Historical House is located in Sonbolestan, which is one of the oldest villages in northeast Isfahan. The House is a 400 year old inn, builtin Persia’s Safavid era. It had been renovated and restored recently with specialist Morteza Bekhradi taking 5 years to complete. The house sits between two large gardens, filled with flowers and fruits.

Rudkhan Castle

Deep within the green forests of Iran’s Northern Gilan Province lays Rudkhan Castle. The castle is a historic medieval military fortress, which dates back to the rise of Islam in Iran. To get to the castle, visitors must hike along the peaks of a Verdant mountain. The trek takes over an hour and many locals refer too Rudkhan as the “Castle of a Thousand Steps.”

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