In 2010, Bazaar of Tabriz was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites of Iran by UNESCO as it is the biggest roofed and interconnected bazaar in the world covering an area of more than 10 hectares. The Carpet Bazaar is the most famous part of this magnificent historical complex.
Kaboud or Blue Mosque was built in 1465 by the order the daughter of Sultan Jahanshah, the most powerful king of Qaraqoyonlu dynasty. Because of the delicacy of tile works and various calligraphic styles used in the building and especially the azure mosaic tiles, Blue Mosque is also called “The Turquoise of Islam”. In 1779, an earthquake damaged the mosque a lot, but after the reconstructions between 1939 to 1979, most parts of the mosque were saved.
230 kilometers away from city of Tabriz, in Jolfa district, there is an ancient monastery surrounded by high mountains and beautiful nature. St. Stephanos Cathedral is the second most important cathedral of Armenians of Iran after the St. Thaddeus Monastery in west Azerbaijan province. This Cathedral was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites of Iran by UNESCO in 2007.
In southwest of Tabriz, on the green slopes of mount Sahand, there is a unique historical village with buildings carved in the heart of the hard rocks. Kandovan is one of the three rock villages in the world, but the only inhabited one. The third international reef hotel in the world is located in the center of the village with spa equipment.
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