Iran’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

1. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, located in the West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan provinces in Iran, is an ensemble of three Armenian churches that were established during the period between the 7th and 14th centuries A.D.

2. Bam and its Cultural Landscape
Bam is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau. The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). Its heyday was from the 7th to 11th centuries, being at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments.

3. Bisotun
Bisotun is a city and capital of Bisotun District, in Harsin County, Kermanshah Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 2,075, in 527 families.

4. Cultural Landscape of Maymand
Meymand is a village in Meymand Rural District, in the Central District of Shahr-e Babak County, Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 673, in 181 families.

5. Gonbad-e Qabus
Gonbad-e Kavus is the Iranian city known historically as Gorgan/Hyrcania. The modern name, meaning “the tower of Kavus”, is a reference to the most imposing ancient monument in the city.

6. Golestan Palace
The Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. One of the oldest historic monuments in the city of Tehran.

7. Lut Desert
The Lut Desert, widely referred to as Dasht-e Lut, is a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. It is the world’s 27th-largest desert, and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 17, 2016.

8. The Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities
“Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region”, the property comprises several Sasanian-era (224–651) sites, namely Bishapour, Firouzabad and Sarvestan that are located in Fars province.
The ensemble embodies political, historical, cultural and artistic developments of the mighty Sasanian Empire, which is deemed as one of the leading world powers alongside its neighboring arch-rival the Roman-Byzantine Empire.

9. Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan
The Jameh Mosque of Isfahan or Jame Mosque of Isfahan is the grand, congregational mosque of Isfahan city, within Isfahān Province, Iran.

10. Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, also known as Meidan Emam, is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

11. Pasargadae
Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC. Its palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.

12. Persepolis
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture.

13. Shahr-e Sukhteh
An archaeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement, associated with the Jiroft culture.

14. Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil
Tomb of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili located in Ardabil, Iran. In 2010, it was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This monument is situated in the Ali-Ghapu area.

15. Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, is an island city from the Sassanid era with a complex irrigation system. Located in Iran’s Khuzestan Province.

16. Dome of Soltaniyeh
The central magnet of Soltaniyeh’s several ruins is the Mausoleum of Il-khan Öljeitü also known as Muhammad Khodabandeh, traditionally known as the Dome of Soltaniyeh in Soltaniyeh city, Zanjan Province.

17. Susa
Susa was an ancient city of the Proto-Elamite, Elamite, First Persian Empire, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian empires of Iran, and one of the most important cities of the Ancient Near East.

18. Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
Historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world.

19. Takht-e Soleyman
Takht-e Soleyman Massif is a subrange of central Alborz mountains. In the area, about 160 distinct peaks higher than 4,000m are distinguishable, with the highest, most famous, and most technical one: Alam Kuh, 4,850m.

20. Tchogha Zanbil
An ancient Elamite complex in Khuzestan province of Iran. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside Mesopotamia. It lies approximately 30 km south-east of Susa and 80 km north of Ahvaz.

21. The Persian Garden
The tradition and style of garden design represented by Persian gardens or Iranian gardens has influenced the design of gardens from Andalusia to India and beyond.

22. The Persian Qanat
A gently sloping underground channel to transport water from an aquifer or water well to surface for irrigation and drinking. This is an old system of water supply from a deep well with a series of vertical access shafts. The qanats still create a reliable supply of water for human settlements and irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates.

23. Historic City of Yazd
The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 km southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a qanat system developed to draw underground water.

24.Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forest

UNESCO has voted to add Iran’s Hyrcanian forests and Iraq’s Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon to its list of World Heritage Sites.The announcement was made by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on July 5 in Baku, where the World Heritage Committee met. In making the announcement on July 5, UNESCO said the “floristic biodiversity” of the ancient Hyrcanian forests in the north of Iran is “remarkable.”