The Armenian Monastic Ensembles
The Armenian Monastic Ensembles in northeastern Iran were a major hub for the distribution of the Armenian culture into Azerbaijan and Persia. The site comprises three monastic ensembles, with the oldest structure dating back to the 7th century.
On the rocks of Bisotun Mountain,dating from Achaemenid period. The principal monument of this archaeological site is the cuneiform writing ordered by Darius the Great, when he rose to the throne of the Persian Empire in 521 BC.
Bam and its cultural Landscape
Bam is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian highland. The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC).
Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great,motherland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. Its palaces, gardens and the tombs of Cyrus are terrific examples of the first chapter of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and excellent testimonies of Persian civilization.
The burial chamber of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12 in the city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid empire, which was founded by the Mongols. positioned in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the wonderfull examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a main monument in the development of its Islamic architecture.
the archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman, in north-western Iran, is located in a dale set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the primary Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) devoted to Anahita.
The existing ruins of Persepolis today are a mere shadow of Persepolis' former glory. It was founded by Darius I in 518 BC and was added to by these successive kings over a period of about 150 years. The worth and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site.
Zigurat of Chogha zanbil(Tchogha Zanbil)
The wreck of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, enclosed by three huge concentric walls, are found at Tchogha Zanbil. the city remained incomplete after it was invaded by Ashurbanipal, as shown by the thousands of unused bricks left at the site.
Meidan Emam(Naghshe-e Jahan)Square
Built by Shah Abbas I the Great at the beginning of the 17th century, and bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storeyed arcades, the site is known for the Royal Mosque, the Mosque of Sheykh Lotfollah, the splendid Portico of Qaysariyyeh and the 15th-century Timurid palace. They are an notable testimony to the level of social and cultural life in Persia during the Safavid era.