The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization

The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
  • ThemeArchitecture/ Museum
  • CodeIRRS73
  • Duration2 hr(s) and 30 min(s)
  • Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
    What To Expect

    Visiting the tallest tower of Iran;

    Watching the landmark tower of Tehran;

    Visiting the 12th-century brick tomb tower in the city of Rey.

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    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tughrul Tower
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tughrul Tower
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tughrul Tower
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tughrul Tower
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tughrul Tower
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Carpet Museum of Iran
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Carpet Museum of Iran
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Carpet Museum of Iran
    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization
    Carpet Museum of Iran

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    The Soaring Towers of Iranian Civilization

    The structures soaring up to the sky have been used by the governments as venues to display their political and economic power, or cultural and historical background. We might say, in the past, the towers were mostly used for defensive purposes or as landmarks, helping the passengers find their ways. But in the modern era, as the towers have risen higher through the sky, they have found many different functions such as commercial, tele-communicational, cultural, recreational, etc. In addition to this, their symbolic value has been specifically highlighted, so that, above all other purposes, they now function to symbolize a city, a country, a nation, and a civilization. Take time to examine three iconic towers in Tehran, each aspiring at its own time and in its own way to be an icon for Tehran. The Seljuk brick tower is a simple and extraordinary structure which serves as a tomb, a landmark, and a solar clock/calendar. The Azadi (Shahyad) Tower stands like an imperial gate opening elegantly on the western entrance of the city, and the skyscraping Milad Tower, which houses a little world in its many stories.

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    A) Tughrul Tower
    Duration : 30 mins
    Point Type: STARTING


    Surrounded by a beautiful garden, this 20-meter-high Seljuk tower is located in the historic city of Rey, south of Tehran. The name ‘Toghrol’ apparently implies the belief that the tower is the resting place of Toghrul-Beg, the founder of Seljuk Dynasty; this belief though is under question and some other names have also been suggested regarding the true identity of the person (or the people) buried here.

    A most interesting feature of this beautiful brick tower is that the play of light and shadow on the 24 vertical angles around it and the s...

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    C) Carpet Museum of Iran
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: ENDING

    Carpet Museum 

    Persian carpet is an inseparable part of Persian culture. During its several-thousand-year-old history, it has decorated the Iranian residences, from the nomad tents to the opulent royal palaces. Warming and enlivening Iranian houses, Iranian carpets hide the tears and smiles of those living on them and are left to the succeeding generations.

    The Carpet Museum was founded by Farah Pahlavi in 1978, one year before the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Designed by the great Iranian architect, Abd-al-Aziz Farmanfarmaian, the building of the museum deserves due appreciation in its own rig...

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    Tickets
    • Tughrul Tower2 €
    • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art1 €
    • Carpet Museum of Iran2 €
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    Additional Info

    • If you have enough time, you can visit the other attractions of Rey:

      - The Rey Wall or Rey Castle (the remains of an ancient castle built to defend the city during the Parthian empire)

    • - Cheshmeh Ali (literally the “Spring of Ali”, an ancient water spring with a 150-year-old rock relief)

    • - Abdolazim Shrine (a holy shrine of a Shiite’s Saint dates back to Qajar era, about 200 years ago)

    • - Rey Traditional bazaar where you can find the best of Kabab-e Koobideh (skewered grilled mixture of ground beef and lamb) served with basil and fresh bread, in the local restaurants

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