By common consensus,the highlight of any trip to Tabriz has to be exploring the delights of its old Bazaar.one of the most beautiful Bazaars in the country,this UNESCO world Heritage site was an important trading point along the Silk Road and flourished under the reign of Safavids in the 16th century.High domed ceilings,the occasional caravansarai and a seemingly endless maze of alleyways,navigating the Bazaar is reliably rewarding experience.Ranging from spices to jewelry,to pots and pans are sold here and the carpet section is particularly well-known.
like a variety of time-honored buildings in Tabriz,The Jameh Mosque located adjacent to the Bazar,has taken a battering from various earthquakes over the centuries,and has undergone various instaurations.As a result,the Mosque is a curious and unique merging of old and state-of-art features.The most worth-mentionig point about it is that includes two tall three-tired minarets and as well as the impressive mosaic work framing the Mosque's enterence.
The Blue Mosque,known as Goy Masjed in Azeri,still bears the scrars accounts for a intensive earthquake that struck Tabriz in 1779.Just the iwan of the enterance remains from the original structure,however most of the building was reconstructed in the past half-century.Dating back to 1465,the iwan demonstrates the intricate blue tile work after which the Mosque derives its name,like some islamic calligraphy.The patchy remainings are a bitter reminder for decision makers to be aware of putting at stake of earthquakes,sitting a top many major fault lines.
Often compares to Turkey's Cappadocia,Kandovan Village is home to a fascinating collection of troglodyte homes carved into volcanic rock on the side of a cliff.The traditional settlement,developed with more modern rural housing at its base,is still inhabited by a few hundred villagers.It will take about one hour to reach Kandovan by car from Tabriz.It is specially worth-seeing place during winter when snowfall renders the rock caves conpicuous picturesque.
Tabriz and Iranian Azerbayejan have a fairly large Armenian Christian community,and as a result you will see various churches in the region.There are a number in Tabriz itself(St Mary's church it dates back to the 12th century),but the most prominent and worth-visisting one is St Stephanos Monastery just outside the border town of Jolfa,about one and a half hour distance by car from the city.Constructed in 9th century, the sacred site sits alone in the lowlands of a large valley.Rebuilt several times,the Monastery looks great and in a suitable situation and often vast population are visiting it that's not surprising for this faraway location.
What remained of Tabriz Citadel(Arg-E-Tabriz) dates back to the 14th century,while it was built as a Mausoleum under the Ilkhanate dynasty.Reallocated as a military compound in the 19th century during the Russu-Persian wars,the structure has a long and varied history.The edifice endured further hurt by Russian shelling in 1911,and only in recent decades has it gone through renovation work.The imposing stone consrtuction is one of well-known landmarks in Tabriz and is situated centrally in on Imam Khomeini Street.