May 21, 2019, 10:37 AM
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Visit Iran; The land of Glory and Beauties

Tehran, May 21, IRNA – Having 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites and the 10th country on Tourism Attractions and 5th on Ecotourism, are only small parts of Iran characteristics significant for the foreign tourists.

Iran is one of the rich countries of the cultural places, ecotourism sites and historical monuments which called the cradle of civilization in light of 7,000 years civilization.

An array of museums, a myriad of ecotourism opportunities, numerous religious sites, Affordable healthcare services, extensive bus network and air and rail infrastructure are just a small part of Iran’s potentials for Tourism.

Tourists gives preferences for different destinations in Iran to see the glorious landmarks, spectacular nature and sight-seeings, special culture and others Iran has them all!

This country has various landmarks and tourist resorts due to its history and geographical status, So it has something to offer for almost everyone, a variety of attractions enough to satisfy the variety of tastes and attitudes.

Such qualities make Iran a perfect destination, despite what most people think based on international propaganda and political decisions.

The interest of the world Muslims to travel to Iran as pilgrims, pay a visit to the holy shrines and also enjoy its natural sight-seeings and tourist attractions.

Iranian people are famous for their hospitality and all those who visit Iran appreciate the culture of hospitality Iranians show when they come across the tourists.

**Iran’s Potentials in historical Tourism
Until now, UNESCO has designated 15 of Iran’s various historical and natural sites as part of world heritage.

For those interested in religious history it is estimated that there are more than 28 messengers of God have tombs throughout Iran.
Some of top sites are as below:

• Persepolis, the complex of Xerox palaces having the detail of 2,500 year-Old Persian reliefs.

• The ancient Mesopotamian ziggurat and complex of Chogha Zanbil is an intriguing remnant from the Elamite Empire more than 3,500 years ago which stand as a testament to the feats of ancient engineering.

• Soltaniyeh Dome, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, is an architectural masterpiece that was built in 1302 AD.

As the oldest double-shell dome in the country, the structure paved the way for construction of holy buildings throughout the Muslim World and has captivated the attention of both pilgrimsand historians for centuries.

The Iranian government has established a number of museums to showcase artifacts and present the stories of civilization to an international audience.

• The Treasury of the National Jewels in Tehran, the National Museum, Golestan Palace in Tehran, and the Sheikh Safi Museum in Ardabil are just a handful of venues that feature the collage of Iran’s historical and traditional past.

• In addition, Tehran’s Contemporary Art Museum showcases over 7,000 texts in both Persian and English as part of a specialized library.

• Iran’s natural beauty and conservation efforts are nothing short of impressive. Stunning waterfalls, deserts, forests, lagoons, caves, swamps, and lakes represent a diverse array of climatic zones and landforms, comparable only to the continental US.

In total, the country boasts 28 natural parks, 43 protected wildlife zones, and 166 protected areas, committing nearly 5% of its land-an area of 8 million hectares-to ecotourism and preservation of natural resources.

Among the most popular destinations for eco-holidaymakers are Galestan National Park, Kavir National Park, Lar Protected Area, Bakhtegan Lake, and Bamou National Park.

*** Iran’s Sea and Coastline:
Due to the extensive bus network and air and rail infrastructure in the country, domestic tourists most often travel to visit friends and family during the summer months.

However, medical tourism and pilgrimage make up an additional 23% of travel throughout the country.

In addition to beaches 700 Km alongside the Caspian Sea are the most popular destinations for domestic tourism.

*** Religious Tourism
The city of Mashhad, visited by the Muslims to pay homage to the Holy Shrine of am Reza, the largest mosque in the world by area which accommodates 20 million pilgrims and tourists every year.

Other notable holy sites include the Danial-e Nabi Mausoleum, one the messengers of God in shosa, Shrine of Hazrat-e Masumeh, the sister of and the Chak Chakoo Fire Temple, which is famous for the legendary dripping water that falls from surrounding rock formations.

*** Foreign tourists visit to Iran up by 50%
About 7.8 million tourists traveled to Iran in the past Iranian year, ended on March 20, 2019, registering 52.5 percent growth compared to the preceding year which was 5.1 million tourists.

'In the past Iranian year sanctions on the tourism sector were also affected by the cancellation or reduction of foreign direct flights, but fortunately the regional markets and China were placed on our agenda to attract foreign tourists and neutralized the effects,' said Ali Asghar Mounesan, the head of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization.

'In terms of incoming tourists, Iran witnessed about 74% growth from Turkey, and the arrival of tourists from countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iraq and Oman has also enjoyed significant growth', he added.

Recently, Deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization Vali Teimouri said that the foreign tourists usually come from neighboring countries, the European countries and even American countries.

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