Tabriz is a city in the North Western part of Iran, located in Azerbaijan province. This city is the third biggest city of Iran; and also, considered as the largest economic hub in azerbaijan province. In this article we are going to introduce you places you must visit in this city. So, if Tabriz city is going to be one of the cities you’re planning to visit, keep up!
As the city has a very rich history, there are many historical places to visit. Tabriz is full of mosques from different historical periods, historical houses and alluring natural tourism attractions. You have to stay for at least one or two weeks if you want to visit them all; but if want to see the most famous ones, read this article to find out.
Alishah Citadel is the remnant of the south porch of Alishah Mosque in Tabriz. The construction of the first citadel dates back to the Ilkhanate period in the early eighth century A.H. In the following years, they used the walls left from the building as a military fort instead. The use of this building as a military fortress was evident especially during the Qajar period until the end of the autonomous government of Azerbaijan.
Today, only the southern wall of the citadel remains, which is open to the public at certain times of the day. The area around the citadel underwent many changes in the decades after the revolution, which were considered for the construction of the mosque. This work was registered as one of the national works of Iran on December 1930 with the registration number 170.
The blue mosque of Tabriz, also known as Mozaffarieh building, or Jahanshah mosque, is one of the most famous mosques in Tabriz city, dating back to the 14th century. Due to historical documents, this mosque was built by the order of the daughter of one of Kara Koyunlu monarchy rulers. At the time, only Sunni Muslims used the mosque.
The entrance of the blue mosque is very famous. It has dimensions about 7*5 meters; and is covered with diaphorethic tiles decorated with plant motifs and some verses from Quran. The beauty of the entrance is the reason that the mosque was called the turquoise of Islamic world at the time it was built.
The widespread use of azure tiles, is the reason that people named it the “Blue mosque”. The tiling and painting in this mosque has same pattern as artists used in decorating and gilding the pages of books. The central space under the dome is built in four porch architecture style; and the whole inner space reminds you the early Ottoman mosques.
You can buy tickets at the entrance to visit this exquisite piece of art; and also, next to the entrance there is a place where you can buy pottery works with beautiful patterns as souvenirs.
This mosque is one of the oldest historical buildings in Tabriz city. The mosque is also known as Kabiri jamia mosque and is surrounded by Tabriz bazaar. Tabriz jamia mosque was built in one porch architecture style, but later, it changed into a two porch architecture style.
The largest covered bazaar in the world and one of the Unesco heritage sites is Tabriz grans bazaar. The bazaar is located at the center of Tabriz city and you can buy rugs, shoes, crystals, etc. from this bazaar. Shops usually have three floors here. The first floor is a warehouse, the second floor is the market, and the third floor is for salespeople to go to rest.
The most beautiful architecture in the whole bazaar belongs to “Muzzafarieh Timche”. The colorful Persian rugs are glowing under the streaks of sunlight here. Even if you don’t want to buy a rug, we recommend you to go there, drink tea and enjoy watching glorious rugs under the sunlight.
Tabriz Jamia mosque is located at the right side of Muzzaffarieh Timche. So, you can visit them both, in a day!
The city is vast and probably superior to Tehran in this case. Its markets are far more beautiful and larger than Tehran’s. Although located in the northwestern corner of the country, it has widespread influence throughout Iran.“General Sir Albert Houtum-Schindler”
El Golu park (means: People’s park), with 12m depth is a place for people to go boating. The best time to visit this park is Summer; the weather is so pleasant and cool in this season and you’ll enjoy boating there. In the center of the lake, there is a mansion which dates back to Safavid era. Nowadyas, the mansion is used as a reception hall. The building has two floors and is built in an octagonal plan.
There are many restaurants and cafes in the park and also you can find an amusement park too. So if you are traveling with children, you should visit this park!
Kandovan is a stony, natural carved village 50 kilometers out of Tabriz. The village is located in the Sahand mountain foothill; Kandovan has an appearance like sculptors artworks. Due to the legendary, these hollow rocks were first found by the soldiers who were involved in military operations. Kandovan was first used as a place to stay and rest by these soldiers; but nowadays, big families are leaving there and it has become a village.
The inner space of houses in Kandovan village usually dim; and divides into a living room and a bedroom. Down rocks are used as stables and upper ones are used as houses.
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