Iran’s busy, modern hectic capital is flanked to the north by mountains and to the south by desert. A relatively young city for Iran, it has only been the capital since the end of the 18th century under Qajar Persia, since then it has been home to the country’s modern political history seeing two coups d’etat and two revolutions. The heart of the city is a blend of architectural styles including Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Soviet. Enjoy city views from the base of the Mother Armenia statue and climb the steep white Art Deco staircase in Sculpture Park.
With few historical sights compared to the rest of the country, Tehran’s attractions lie with its museums, galleries with their large and varied collections of ancient artefacts, antiquities and art collections spanning the eras. Spending time in Tehran enjoying the tea houses and cafes of the most liberal of Iran’s cities is a great introduction to modern Iranian life. Do your shopping in Northern Avenue which connects Soviet-era Republic Square with Opera, the two central hubs of the city, and sip coffee or aromatic tea in open-air cafés and do some people-watching