Tehran, a modern sprawling metropolis

Tehran, the capital of Iran, the 2019 winner of world smart city award, has population of about 10 million people. The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) as the Eiffel Tower of Tehran, is a marble structure built in the late 1960s. 

Tehran, a modern sprawling metropolis

Tehran, the capital of Iran, the 2019 winner of world smart city award, has population of about 10 million people. The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) as the Eiffel Tower of Tehran, is a marble structure built in the late 1960s. Azadi Tower has been the most famous landmark of Tehran.

Tehran, the capital of Iran, the 2019 winner of world smart city award, has population of about 10 million people. The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) as the Eiffel Tower of Tehran, is a marble structure built in the late 1960s. Azadi Tower has been the most famous landmark of Tehran. This architectural masterpiece stands in the middle of a square and hosts a museum. In 2009, Milad Tower was built and became the modern symbol of Tehran. This tower is the 6th tallest tower in the world. Another iconic landmark of Tehran is the Tabiat Bridge. The famous 270 meters modern bridge was constructed in 2010 and has won several architectural awards. Whether you choose to go for a long walk or grab a bite to eat at one of the casual dining spots along the bridge, the stunning views of the city and the snow capped Alborz mountains from atop wont disappoint you. 

While in Tehran, you ought to visit the two lavish palaces, built during Qajar dynasty. Niavaran Palace and Sa’dabad Museum complex are both located in the North of Tehran. A visit to Tehran is not complete without taking a tour to the Versailles of Tehran, the extravagant Golestan Palace. This stunning palace with its backdrop of colourful tiled walls has been captured by so many bloggers, upon visits from all around the globe. The historical complex was built during the Safavid dynasty. It consists of 17 spectacular buildings filled with Persian artwork, mirrored walls and ceilings. It is a true architectural masterpiece. The extent of what Tehran has to offer to tourists is underrated globally. From strolling down the colourful 200 years old Grand Bazaar of Tehran, to visiting rich museums, parks, experiencing Persian gastronomy, skiing or snowboarding in some of the best skiing resorts nearby the city. Tehran is a city of contrasts. The growing urbanisation in Tehran has boosted local infrastructure, subway stations, roads and telecommunication. Nevertheless, heavy traffic jams and congested highways are part of everyday living in this over-populated city. The crowded streets are buzzing during early hours of the day. The Grand Bazaar is one destination not to be missed on your downtown city tour. You can find almost everything from homeware to electrical appliances, jewellery, personal care, food and spices in every corner of the bazaar. Ensure to barter for good deals. Dining at either Moslem or Sharafol- Eslam restaurant has become institutionalised across generations, over the years. By lunchtime, there are massive lines of hungry diners queuing up outside of these eateries. Don’t let the crowded queues hold you back as the wait is extremely worth trying the delicious food they serve. Our favourite dish is the saffron crisp rice with chicken, barberries and silvered almonds (Tahchin in Persian). There are numerous traditional Persian tea houses all around Tehran downtown. Most of these places serve Shisha, also known as Hookah. Downtown Tehran has somehow kept its traditional heritage. The old masonry buildings with Persian Gardens, the narrow streets leading to cafes and Persian tea houses, traditional bakeries and fruit markets define downtown Tehran. 

Heading to the north of the city, getting closer to the mountains and the temperature drops. Driving around the northern suburbs, you instantly get a sense of modernity and wealth. Striking high rises are scattered all across this part of the town. Fine dining restaurants, lavish Persian eateries, cool little indoor cafes and gardens are to be found at every corner, competing for patrons at every hour of the day. Art galleries, private exhibitions and pop up art stores are on the rise with young and new emerging artists nationally.

Tehran dining scene and nightlife is very vibrant. Rooftop cafes, restaurants and multi-level shopping malls are popular spots for millennials to hang out and socialise. The intertwining of traditional Persian and Western architecture is evident all across this urban city. The authenticity of Islamic architecture of local mosques is in contrast with flashy, modern and extravagant buildings around the town.

Tehran has to be experienced. It is a city full of unexpected surprises.The wonders, mysteries and paradoxes in this city surely bust the stereotypes in the media. It is only in Tehran that you perceive a sense of western modernity connected to the rich Persian culture and history of the East.

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