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  • Students visit a giant model of the UNESCO-registered Imam Square at Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum. 2020-11-24 18:17

    By Afshin Majlesi

    One-stop: see Iran attractions like never before

    If you are in Tehran and desire to get to know the cultural resources of the country at a glance, the Miniature Garden Museum is the right place for you to roam through.

  • A view of Narin Castle with a scenic vista of Meybod in the background 2020-11-23 10:47

    By Afshin Majlesi

    14 of the greatest castles, fortresses, and citadels in Iran

    Since antiquity, mankind has assumed the need to fortify properties to survive in an ever-changing world of invasion and conquest.Commencing from simple earthworks and wooden walls, fortifications were gradually evolved into complex, unconquerable imposing citadels.

  • Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture 2020-11-20 21:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture

    Built for a famous Iranian merchant of the 19th century, this elegant house is composed of several sections each decorated with various types of art and architectural features, such as stucco, mirrorwork, tilework, woodwork, and stained glass. The fully restored house is now open to the public.

  • Travel startups and efforts to survive coronavirus 2020-11-15 23:48

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Travel startups and efforts to survive coronavirus

    We are all aware of the impact of the novel coronavirus on tourism yet we know that the sector has proven giant, successful tracks of resilience before.

  • Explore celebration of colors and lights at historical Motamedi house 2020-11-13 14:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Explore celebration of colors and lights at historical Motamedi house

    The extraordinary Motamedi house is overstuffed with nearly all Iranian traditional decorations in such a way that one may say it’s a festival of colors and lights.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan 2020-11-09 21:21

    Mass, unplanned travels not approved: tourism minister

    TEHRAN –Mass, unplanned and irresponsible travels are not approved to take place during the coronavirus era, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Monday.

  • Tribe tourism gaining momentum in Iran 2020-11-04 18:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tribe tourism gaining momentum in Iran

    Tribe tourism, also known as ethno-tourism or ethnic tourism, lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay.

  • Why rural tourism is important? 2020-11-01 19:49

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Why rural tourism is important?

    Let’s have a look at rural tourism as a globally important economic and socio-cultural phenomenon, seeing what is it all about?

  • 10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see 2020-10-21 11:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see

    Iran, one of the friendliest countries on Earth, was once the heart of the mighty Persian Empire which almost stretched from Greece all the way to China. And now, what we know as modern Iran is the inheritor of a land full of sites of high cultural values from corner to corner.

  • Tea tourism: experience the taste of a serene holiday 2020-10-19 22:38

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tea tourism: experience the taste of a serene holiday

    If you are the type of person who is looking for new travel destinations that are peaceful, pristine, and perfect for a picnic with loads of indigenous culture, you may consider a tea tour for your next excursion.

  • Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran 2020-10-17 18:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran

    TEHRAN – Cascades of photogenic domes and minarets can be seen in every corner of Iran as inseparable elements of mosques some of which widely known as timeless benchmarks of the Islamic architecture.

  • Unmissable museum in northwest Iran 2020-10-11 21:43

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Unmissable museum in northwest Iran

    Holding thousands of works of art – from Persian, Mesopotamian, and Elamite antiquities to masterpieces by the Islamic-era artists, it’s no surprise that Azarbaijan Museum is known as the second major museum of cultural heritage after the National Museum of Iran.

  • A view of Rudkhan Castle in northern Iran 2020-10-06 23:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Rudkhan Castle: a blend of nature, history and culture       

    Iran is home to hundreds of prehistorical, ancient, and medieval castles, fortresses, and strongholds each boasting their own eye-catching architecture. One of the largest military ones, Rukhan Castle occupies an area of about 50,000 square meters.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan (R) and his deputy for tourism Vali Teymouri are seen during their visits to the Tehran Times in downtown Tehran, October 3, 2020. 2020-10-04 21:56

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran sets sights on tourism rebound if coronavirus wanes, minister says

    TEHRAN – The Islamic Republic of Iran is developing necessary infrastructure in the realms of traveling, accommodation, and human resources as it eyeing to jumpstart travels whenever coronavirus restrictions ease, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan told the Tehran Times in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

  • A traditional rustic cottage in Gilan province, northern Iran. 2020-10-02 19:15

    By Afshin Majlesi

    What are the opportunities for rural tourism in Iran?

    Dotted with tens of thousands of ancient villages, rural tourism perfectly suits the trend of many inbound and even domestic vacationers who are seeking unique natural experiences, unspoiled landscapes, stay in authentic accommodation, and feel local lifestyles.

  • ‘Domus’ Eyes on Iran’ released by Italian Embassy 2020-10-02 19:08

    ‘Domus’ Eyes on Iran’ released by Italian Embassy

    TEHRAN - On October 2, the premises of the Italian ambassador’s residence in Tehran witnessed the inauguration of the latest series produced by the Italian Embassy, entitled “Domus’ Eyes on Iran”.

  • Ready for a time travel? Just cross the threshold of Zaman Museum in Tehran 2020-09-27 23:56

    Ready for a time travel? Just cross the threshold of Zaman Museum in Tehran

    TEHRAN – In lots of places, “time” is just a self-evident concept people designed, and the universe really does not verify that seconds, minutes, or hours really exist. A day on earth is directly measured by the stances of the Sun.

  • World Tourism Day: COVID-19 makes a big difference 2020-09-26 20:37

    By Afshin Majlesi

    World Tourism Day: COVID-19 makes a big difference

    September 27th is a special day for potential travelers and all tourism insiders: It’s World Tourism Day! However, for the first time in the 40-year history of the occasion, it will be held this year with a big difference amid the deep global economic recession, job losses, halted flights, as well as lockdowns and closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Iranian psychologist and globetrotter Mohammad Moghadamshad poses for a photo while in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2020. 2020-09-25 21:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Meet Iranian man who couch-surfs around the world in his wheelchair

    TEHRAN - Mohammad Moghadamshad, 44, has been suffering from a genetic muscle condition since he was 20. He is developing muscular dystrophy, an incurable condition that ultimately weakens body muscles over time, to some extent that endangers the functioning of the lungs and heart.

  • Vacations on the edge: a glance of war tourism in Iran 2020-09-20 23:17

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Vacations on the edge: a glance of war tourism in Iran

    On one hand, even talking about war is bitter, particularly for those who went to the second-longest war of the 20th-century after the Vietnam War. On the other, walking through former battlefields or visiting war ruins and relics at a museum may give you a profound impression over the grimy face of war, and deeper insight to whom once involved in the battle.

  •  A combination photo campares, Hafezieh, the mouselim of illusterios Persian poet Hafez in Shiraz, southern Iran, in March 2019 (R) with one picture captured in March 2020. The major tourist destination is deserted over coronavirus fears. 2020-09-18 23:15

    'Smart, responsible traveling' should replace ‘do not travel' recommendations: tourism minister

    TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ali Asghar Munesan has said that if coronavirus-related restrictions persist, the tourism industry of the country will suffer irreparable losses and many tourism insiders will be bankrupt, adding it’s time to replace “smart and responsible traveling” with “do not travel” recommendations.

  • Masuleh, a scenic village where roofs and yards become one 2020-09-16 19:28

    By Afshin Majlesi 

    Masuleh, a scenic village where roofs and yards become one

    With at least a millennium of history, Masuleh is one of the most famous and spectacular villages in Iran.

  • The future of travel in Iran 2020-09-09 19:18

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The future of travel in Iran

    Ubiquitous face masks, partitions, social distances, customer-service protocols, not-yet-fulfilled refunds, and self-quarantined at home on a mass scale, as well as closed borders, canceled events, and changing policies challenge tourism industry insiders to forecast what the lingering impact of the novel coronavirus could be on the way we travel.

  • An undated photo of Ra’is Ali Delvari, a hero of the anti-colonial struggle in southern Iran, surrounded by his comrades.  2020-09-02 20:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    On the occasion of national day against British colonialism

    Shahrivar 12th (which falls on Sept. 2 this year) marks the national day against British colonialism in Iran, remembering the martyrdom anniversary of Ra’is Ali Delvari, the great hero of the anti-colonial struggle in southern Iran.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan speaks in an undated photo. 2020-08-27 02:09

    Nonzero: only 74 international travelers visit Iran during spring

    TEHRAN – The number of foreign travelers to Iran has drastically plunged due to the global coronavirus pandemic as the Islamic Republic registered only 74 visits during the spring season.

  • A traveler looks at a massive rock-hewn tomb where a Persian Achaemenid king is laid to rest at the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam in southern Iran. 2020-08-22 20:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A peek into cemetery tourism in Iran

    Tourism is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in our modern world. It always makes new changes to have unforgettable experiences, to create new travel motivators, and to reach new markets. Such a trend results in new tourist spots which were unthinkable only a few years ago!

  • A painting by French architect Pascal Coste, who visited Isfahan in c. 1840, depicts the main courtyard and two iwans of the Imam Mosque (then the Shah Mosque) in the central Iranian city. 2020-08-22 00:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    On the occasion of World Mosque Day

    Fifty-one years ago, on August 21, 1969, an extremist set fire to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, which is of very high significance for Muslims as once being their first qibla or direction of prayer. The fire swept through an area of nearly 1500 square meters of the mosque, burning an ancient pulpit, altar, arches, pillars, walls, and ultimately causing a collapse.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan speaks in an undated photo. 2020-08-18 19:10

    Coronavirus costs Iran’s tourism $2.8b so far, minister says

    TEHRAN – Iran’s travel sector has suffered a loss of 12 trillion rials (some $2.85 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Monday.

  • Want to take your pet on your next journey to Iran? Here is what you need to know 2020-08-17 00:15

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Want to take your pet on your next journey to Iran? Here is what you need to know

    Though a solid majority of the Iranian people are so emotionally attached to pets, as a traveling pet owner you need to make sure that pets, your best friends, don’t get deported or confiscated at the country’s airports!

  •  A view of the Gold Bowl of Hasanlu, ca. 900 BC 2020-08-14 21:54

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The absolutely magnificent ‘Gold Bowl of Hasanlu’: Sixty-three years later

    TEHRAN – Sixty-three years ago, an Iranian man, named Emamqoli Mohammadi Hasanluei, unearthed a millennia-old gold bowl in the debris of a burned building, part of the major architectural complex at Teppe Hasanlu near the city of Naghadeh in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, a short distance south of Lake Urmia.