The city of Tabriz has been and still is one of the most important cities in Iran. Not only because of historical and cultural aspect but also due to the economic, industrial and political influences that the city had on the country in general.
In West-Azerbaijan, East-Azerbaijan, and Ardabil provinces, the main spoken language is Azari and Farsi is considered as the second one.
Besides the influences and numbers of valuable museums in Tabriz, it is also well-known for its delicious cuisines such as Kufteh Tabrizi, Abgoosht, Ash-e Mast, and Dolma. There are also some famous sweets and confectionaries from the city like Ghorabie, Loz, Baklava, Nougha or Louka, and Eris or Ris. So, don’t forget to taste these foods and sweets when you travel to Tabriz.
In this article, we are going to introduce the best things to do and see in Tabriz, so you will be able to plan
1) Tabriz Bazaar Complex, the largest covered Bazaar in Iran
The magnificent complex covers about 7 kilometer2 with 24 caravanserais (sets of rooms sets around the courtyard), and 22 impressive sub-bazaars which are known as Timcheh (domed halls). Construction of the bazaar began over a millennium ago, however much of the fine brick vaulting dates to the 15th century.
Besides commercial usage of Bazaars in Iran, they also used for some of the important religious ceremonies too. The most famous ceremony which is held in Tabriz Bazaar is the Day of Ashura while merchants cease the trade for about 10 days and religious ceremonies are held inside the Bazaar.
2) Kandovan Village
If you have time, there are some great attractions around Tabriz that you can have a visit to those. As an example, Kandovan village with its Rock Houses, the village is a 700-year-old village in the 40km south-west of Tabriz, which is still inhabited. People still live inside the volcanic rocks carved in form of dwelling chambers.
The hotel is unique in its kind with a rocky restaurant, the tranquil coffee shop and the only rocky conference room in the world. As this hotel has been built by observing natural rocky architectural principles, it provides a new and pleasant experience to tourists during their stay.
3) Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque, also known as Goy Masjid in Azeri, is one of the most well-known among the numbers of landmarks in Tabriz. What makes it so interested in the intricate blue tile work along the walls and the ceiling of the mosque. There is also Islamic calligraphy in the interior design. Its blue hue earned the mosque the moniker “Turquoise of Islam.”
The monument was built in 1465 originally, but it sustained heavy damage in 1779 due to the strong earthquake which hit the city. No reconstruction done on the damages till 1973, when the Iranian Ministry of Culture, through some attention on the building, but the reconstruction never finished. Only the iwan of the entrance remains from the original structure.
4) Azerbaijan Museum
The Azerbaijan Museum, located at the heart of the city, not far from the Blue Mosque. The museum exhibits a collection of impressive pieces and deserves spending at least an hour of the visit. There are three halls at the museum, and its most unique artifacts date back to the Iron Age. Other objects have been excavated in the Azerbaijan province are also featured prominently, although it is the harrowing sculptures in the basement reflecting on the themes of violence and war, which will stay with you. Also notable among the exhibits of the museum are the sculptures of Ahad Hossein, which are said to depict life and war.
5) Mausoleum of Poets
Iranian are famous for their love of literature and poets. Therefore, it is not surprising that they had a mausoleum built to honor the country’s poets The Mausoleum of Poets of Tabriz is just outside the city center which housed graves of Tabriz’s great poets and thinkers. One of the notable people who buried in this mausoleum is Ostad Shahriyar.
6) Elgoli Park
Elgoli Park, formerly called Shah Goli Park, is the most favorite place for Iranian families who are looking for a great place to spend a relaxing evening. The park is situated at the southeast of the city center. With a great view of the city from its high altitude, at the center of the grounds is a small artificial lake, in the middle of which is a Qajar-era palace. The popularity of the park is such that it sees human traffic almost all throughout the day. There are even those who choose to have an overnight stay there, setting up tents so they can spend the night there.
7) Jameh Mosque (Masjid-e-
The same as all historic cities in Iran, at the center of the city you can find a complex included a bazaar, a mosque, a school, and a caravanserai. The same is true for Tabriz and therefore the Jamej Mosque is situated adjacent to the Bazaar. The mosque has taken a battering from various earthquakes over the centuries and has undergone various reconstructions. Due to the numbers of constructions at the place for centuries, it has a unique architecture which is a mixture of old and new features. It is most noteworthy for its two tall three-tiered minarets and as well as the impressive mosaic work framing the mosque’s entrance.
8) Constitution House of Tabriz
The Constitution House of Tabriz also known as Khaneh Mashrouteh is a symbol of fighting despotism and reminiscent of struggles by Sattar Khan and Baqer Khan, the two key figures in the Iranian Constitutional Movement.
The two-story building was built with numbers of rooms and halls in 1868 by Haj Vali Me'mar-e Tabrizi. The most beautiful part of the house is a skylight and corridor decorated with colorful glass and mirrors. The first floor exhibits