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15 Breathtaking Places You’d Never Believe Are In Iran

Iran is the most beautiful place in the world. And no, it’s not just camels in the desert.

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1. Gilan Province

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Bordered by the Caspian sea, Gilan Province is home to amazing natural scenery. It helps that it’s the place with the most amount of rain in Iran (just about 75 inches of rain per year, no big deal).

2. Mud Volcano in Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan was the first place on earth to have mud volcanoes. If you think that’s impressive, prepared to be blown away because it’s also the place with the most mud volcanoes! The locals call these “yanardagh” (burning mountain), “bozdag” (grey mountain), “pilpila” (terrace), and “gaynacha” (boiling water).

3. Chal Nakhjir Cave

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Iran’s caves redefine the stereotypical image of a dark, scary, bat-filled cave. Chal Nakhjir is just one of these caves, with 70 million years of history of chemical reactions that resulted in this beautiful color display. It’s no wonder it’s labeled as one of the most attractive caves in the world for tourists.

5. Alborz Mountain Range

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Due to its great snowy winters and beautiful views, it’s no surprise the Alborz mountain range is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world. Look out Swiss Alps, this hidden gem is just waiting to be discovered.

6. Badab Soort

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Badab Soort is a natural spring that's a result of thousands of years of flowing water. "Badab" in Farsi means gassed water, referring to the fact that the water in the spring is carbonated mineral water. Because of the saltiness of the water, it's considered to have medicinal properties and is used as a cure for rheumatism and other skin diseases and conditions. We've found the secret elixir of life, and it's been hiding in Iran.

8. Kish Island

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Not to be confused with Hawaii (though no one would blame you), Kish Island was ranked as one of the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world. Located in the Persian Gulf, the island is visited by 1 million people every year. With clear waters and striking beaches, it's a beach lover's paradise.

9. Pink Mosque

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That's right, there's a mosque in Iran called the Pink Mosque. It's a traditional mosque that was build in the 19th century, and uses colored glass and pink colored tiles to help create its unique interior design.

10. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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A masterpiece of Iranian architecture, this mosque was built in the 17th century. Its purpose was to be an exclusive, private mosque to the royal court. The detailed design of the interior has served as an influence to numerous other artworks, such as the famous Ardabil Iranian carpet.

11. Shah Cheragh

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Shah Cheragh is a mosque that houses the tombs of two brothers. The name means "King of the Light", fitting for the beautiful interior design of the mosque. With a mosaic of mirror glass, stepping inside this mosque feels like you've entered another world.

12. Azadi Tower

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The name means "Freedom" or "Liberty" Tower, and is a powerful symbol in the capital of Iran. It was built for the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, with 8 thousand blocks of marble stone and construction carried out by Iran's finest stonemason. The tower holds a strong reminder of the power Iran once had.

13. Tehran

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Tehran is the capital of Iran and Iran's largest city and urban area. The city has population of over 12 million, and is the economic and educational center of Iran. From its amazing architecture, prestigious universities, high class shopping centers, and football (or "soccer") stadium, there are endless things to explore in the city. But with the constant change in the capital of Iran, Tehran already being the 32nd capital, it may not be the capital for much longer.

14. Masuleh

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A small village with origins as far back as 1006 AD, Masuleh has a very unique architectural design. The buildings are built into the mountain, and the roofs serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets and sidewalks. A popular reference to this architecture is: "the yard of the building above is the roof of the building below".

15. Ardabil

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Ardabil is a historical city in the Northern region of Iran, with spectacular natural scenery. The city is known for its tradition of silk and carpet trade, and is where the famous Ardabil Iranian carpet originates.

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