100 tourism projects underway in East Azarbaijan

January 6, 2023 - 21:0

TEHRAN – A total of 100 tourism-related projects are currently underway across the East Azarbaijan province, northwest Iran, the provincial tourism chief has said.

An investment value of 260 trillion rials ($650 million) has been channeled into the projects, Ahmad Hamzehzadeh explained on Thursday.

Among the projects, 36 hotels are being constructed, adding 6,000 beds to the hospitality sector in the province once they are completed, the official added.

Soaked in history and culture for millennia, Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan, embraces several historical and religious sites, including the Jameh Mosque of Tabriz and Arg of Tabriz, and UNESCO-registered Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex to name a few. The city became the capital of the Mongol Il-Khan Mahmud Gazan (1295–1304) and his successor. Timur (Tamerlane), a Turkic conqueror, took it in 1392. Some decades later, the Kara Koyunlu Turkmen made it their capital. It was when the famous Blue Mosque was built in Tabriz.

The city retained its administrative status under the Safavid dynasty until 1548, when Shah Tahmasp I relocated his capital westward to Qazvin. During the next two centuries, Tabriz changed hands several times between Persia and the Ottoman Empire. During World War I, the city was temporarily occupied by Turkish and then Soviet troops.

Tabriz was declared a world craft city of carpet weaving by the World Craft in 2016. It also bore the title of the Islamic Tourism Capital in 2018.


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