Tehran: Sightseeing

Modern and traditional, secular and religious, rich and poor

So what Tehran places should be the must-sees on a traveller's itinerary? The truth is that Iran's most spectacular attractions lie outside Tehran in cities like Esfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd. Tehran is more of a city to experience than to "see". But there are a few exciting highlights. Perhaps at the top of the list belongs the National Museum of Iran.

For those who quickly tire of old statues, the grandiose Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Also for its sheer size and grandiosity, the Tehran Shahyad Monument is a must see. One amazing attraction for those with a taste for luxury is the Treasure of the National Jewels. These treasures include the world's largest uncut ruby, the "Sea of Light" (the world's largest pink diamond), and a jaw-dropping globe made of 34 kilograms of gold and over 51,000 precious stones.