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25 Amazing Sites Americans Are Missing Out On In Iran

Since Iran's 1979 revolution, travel for Americans to the country has been incredibly difficult. Too bad, since there are so many gems.

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With a possibility of thawing in Iranian–American relations, soon enough Americans may be able to visit all of Iran's amazing national treasures. There's so much to see!

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8. Kharanaq

Örlygur Hnefill / Via Flickr: hnefill

Kharanaq is a tiny mud brick village outside the city of Yazd. A number of the houses are believed to be 1,000 years old and the area has been continuously inhabited for at least 4,000 years.

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18. The Tomb of Firdowsi

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Firdowsi, in the 11th century, is largely credited with saving the Persian language from being replaced by Arabic by writing the epic story The Shahname entirely in Persian. His tomb is a pace of extreme cultural pride.

19. The Tomb of Hafez

Hafez is the Iranian equivalent of Shakespeare, if everyone in the English speaking world treated Shakespeare as a rock star. His tomb is a major pilgrimage point, and is beautifully kept.

20. Chehel Sotoun Pavilion

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Chehel Sotoun, literally "Forty Columns," was used as a reception point for foreign dignitaries. Now you can frolic through it as you remember it's also a UNESCO site.

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25. Alamut Valley, Birthplace of the Assassins

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Alamut Valley was once home to Fort Alamut, birthplace and home of the Assassins. The fort was destroyed by the Mongol invasion in the 12th century, but the ruins still remain.

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