- Place or Religious Monument
- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
A stopping point on the Silk Route, visited by Marco Polo in 1275, Tabriz is today an industrial town which has retained many vestiges of its glorious past. The blue mosque in the town centre which dates from the 15th century, is not far from the remains of Arg, an even older fortress. I suggest you visit Constitution House, which retraces the history of the constitutional revolution of 1905, a defining moment in the modernisation of the country.
It is the bazaar de Tabriz which enabled its development over the centuries. The Genoese merchants came here to get their supplies even before the time of Marco Polo. Wander through the narrow winding streets of this town within a town, listed as a world heritage site and sample abgoosht (a famous local stew, served in a clay dish) in one of the restaurants in the bazaar.
If you have the time to explore the outskirts of town, I suggest you go to the cave dwelling village of Kandovan, around fifty kilometres away, or go hiking on the slopes of Mount Sahand, the 3700 metre high dormant volcano which can be seen in the distance from the town (for those travelling in winter, there is a small ski resort there).