Fulfilling the usual services provided for the conference, the conference organizing committee has considered various motivating, recreational tourfor participants to visit historic places, traditional and modern purchasing centers, museums, etc. of Tehran city. These interesting places are as follows:
Museum of Ancient Iran
This National Museum also known as ‘Iran Bastan Museum, covers an area of 2,744 sq. m. and is the first scientific museum of Iran which exhibits relics from the 6th millennium BC till the Islamic era. It was constructed in the year 1935 - 11937. This two storeyed museum comprises of halls for speeches, exhibition and a library, etc. In the first floor of museum, pre-historical and historical relics are displayed. The second floor contains remnants of the Islamic era. The said museum was closed for basic repairs till the year 1987. In the same year it was inaugurated as "Iran National Museum".
The most valuable pieces displayed here are Qorans from the 3rd-13th century AH, a collection of 61 gold coins from the Samanid and Al-e-Buyeh eras as well as a collection of silver coins belong to the Samanid, Al-e-Buyeh and Qaznavi periods etc. This museum has a collection of books and publications in various languages, in the fields of Iranian art, archeology, history and also literature relative to the neighboring countries.
Golestān Palace pronounced in Persian "KakhehGolestān" is the former royal Qajar complex in Tehran.
The historic monuments of Golestan Palace and Rose Garden Palace belong to a group of royal buildings once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic Arg (citadel).
Golestan Complex consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls. Almost this entire complex was built during 200 years of Qajar dynasty. These palaces were used for occasions such as coronation and the other important celebrations.
Niavaran Palace Complex
Niavarān Palace complex is a historic complex on the north of Tehran, Iran. It consists of several buildings and a museum. The Sahebqraniyeh Palace, from the time of Naser al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty, is also inside this complex. The main Niavaran Palace, completed in 1968, was the primary residence of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the Imperial family until the Iranian Revolution. The main palace was designed by the Iranian architect Mohsen Foroughi.
Saedabad Palace, in Persian “KakhehSaedabad”, is a palace built by Pahlavi dynasty in Shemiran area of Tehran.
The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After expansion of the complex, Reza Shah lived there in 1920s. Afterwards, his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in 1970s.
After the Iranian Revolution, the complex became a museum. However, the current presidential palace is located adjacent to Saedabad complex.
Currently, parts of the Saedabad complex are museums, in which visitors can roam through and look at the rich history of Iran. Some parts of the complex are used by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization which is responsible for most of the artifacts, locations, and cultural aspects of Iran.
Darband was formerly a village close to Tajrish, Shemiran, but it is now part of Tehran city. It is the beginning of a very popular hiking trail into the AlborzmountainTochal, which towers over Tehran. A chair lift is also available for those not interested in hiking.
Darband is where many Iranian stars of art and culture such as IrajMirza, Mohammad TaghiBahar, ForoughFarrokhzad, Abolhasan Saba, RuhollahKhaleghi, RahiMoayeri, and Darvish-khan are buried (Zahir o-dowleh cemetery).
Darband has a suitable climate all the year round, and with annual heavy snowfalls.
The initial start of the trail at Darband is about 250 metres long with a number of small cafes and restaurants on the way. These are quite popular and busy in the evenings, as locals and tourists alike visit the many cafeterias (locally called ghavekhanesonnati) along the trail.
Carpet Museum of Iran
The art of carpet-weaving in Iran is at least 3500 years old.
In 1978, the founders of the Carpet Museum of Iran established Persian carpets and kilims Museum, in order to revive and develop the art of carpet-weaving in the country, to satisfy the need for research about the historical background and evolution of this art.
The Carpet Museum of Iran, with its beautiful architecture and facade resembling a carpet-weaving loom is located on the northwest of Laleh Park in Tehran. It is composed of two exhibition galleries covering an area of 3400 m2.The ground floor gallery is assigned for permanent exhibitions and the upper floor gallery is considered for the temporary exhibitions of carpets, kilims, and carpet designs. For more information please refer to Iran Carpet Museum as follows:
Tehran Jewelry Museum
Building of Museum was the residence and office of "Ahmad Qavam" until 1951. Afterwards, the Egyptian Embassy in Tehran took over the building and finally handed it over to the Iranian Commercial Bank. From 1976,a group of Iranian and Austrian architects refurbished the building and converted it into a museum which was inaugurated in 1989.The decorations of the building include brickworks of the exterior facade and interior plaster cutouts, mirror works and inlays. As one of the Iranian famous museums, Abguineh museum comprises several halls, workshops and a library. Artworks and handicrafts exhibited in this museum include three collections of porcelains, glassworks and crystals.
The background of National Jewels of Iran dates back to Safavid era in which it was decided that national jewels belong to National Treasury of government, i.e., apart from the personal properties of the sovereign. The valuable collections of this museum comprise of the pink colored diamond of Darya-ye-Noor (182 Carats), the Peacock Throne or TakhteTavous which was built during the reign of Fathali Shah consisted of twelve different series with 26,733 pieces of jewels attached to it.
A golden globe (atlas) of Naseredin Shah, with 34 kg of pure gold, includes 51,366 pieces of jewels weighing 3,656 grams. On this golden atlas or globe, Southeast Asia and Britain are distinctly defined with diamonds, and India with rubies. Sculptured pieces of turquoise of Firoozeh and large pearls of the Persian Gulf adorn this globe.
Tajrish Traditional Bazar
Tajrish on the north of Tehran, has an old bazaar and a mausoleum called Imam ZadehSaleh, both popular tourist spots. Tajrish Square is currently one of the busiest parts of Tehran, with bus and cab terminals, shopping malls, the exclusive Tandis Center, and designers’ stores.
The 3 main Telecabin lines are approximately 7,500 meters long, which is one of the longest connected Telecabin lines in the world according to the certification of the Telecabin constructor.
There are stations at the beginning and at the end of each line. There are 6 main stations and 8 small ones.
Tehran Grand Bazar
The Grand Bazaar is a historic market situated in the capital of Iran, Tehran. A bazaar is a type of marketplace fulfilling many additional functions rather than merely trade. Throughout history, the Grand bazaar has been highlighted for its banks, trade centers, mosques and guest houses.
Traditionally, Tehran bazaar was split into corridors, each specializing in different types of goods, including copper, carpets, paper, spices, and precious metals, as well as, small traders selling all types of goods. Today, modern goods are available as well, in addition to the many traditional corridor traders that still survive.
The Grand Bazaar is located in southern Tehran; its many corridors are over 10 km in length.
The Grand bazaar is still an important place of commerce for Tehranis, Iranians, travelling merchants and tourists as well. In addition to the traditional goods on sale, the market for watches and local jewelry is apparently growing, most likely for the benefits of tourists. As is in keeping with the market spirit, tourists are encouraged to haggle.
Milad Tower is the highest tower in Iran. Milad Tower, with its height of 435 meters, is the fourth highest telecommunications tower in the world. Milad Tower consists of five main parts: foundation, lobby structure, shaft, head structure and antenna mast. The lobby structure consists of six floors. The first three floors consist of 63 trade units, 11 food courts, a cafeteria and a commercial products exhibition, which cover 260 square meters. It is the highest tower in Southwest Asia and the World's 6th highest one.