Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Iranian Embassy In London Closed

Iranian Embassy in London Closed

Following the latest diplomatic spat between the UK and Iran, the Iranian embassy in London and the British embassy in Tehran have both been closed.

Iranian Embassy

Iranian Embassy in the United Kingdom
16 Prince's Gate
London SW7 1PT

Nearest underground station is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line

Iranian Embassy

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Calling Iran from abroad

You can easily call Iran from the United States from your mobile phone or by using international phone cards. Here are the codes you need to use:
- 011 – use this code first for all international calls from the US
- 98 – dial the country code for Iran
- Area code – dial the 2-3 digit area code; for example, the area code for Tehran is 21, while for Shiraz is 711
- Phone number – now insert your phone number, made out of 7 or 8 digits.

Telephone Iran

For making international calls to cell phones in Iran, use the following sequence:
- 011 + 98 + 9XX XXX XXXX

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dolat Abad Garden Yazd

Dolat Abad Garden (Bagh-e Dolatabad) in Yazd was built in the early 18th century as a residence of a governor of Yazd.

Dolat Abad Garden Yazd, Iran

The octagonal wind tower is 33m high.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vakil Bazaar

Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz is the city's main market and located in the historic heart of the old city.

Child's Dress, Vakil Bazaar, Shiraz

The market is thought to date from the 11th century and is a good place to buy Persian carpets, ethnic clothes (as pictured), copper ornaments and local herbs and spices. nearby are a number of mosques, bathhouses and caravanserais.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

London Iranian Film Festival

The second London Iranian Film Festival takes place in November from 18-26th with other events and screenings happening throughout the summer.

The Apollo Cinema on London's Regent Street and the French Institute's Cine Lumiere will screen some of the selected movies and there will be awards in four categories: feature film, documentary, short film and animation.

The Opera House in Holland Park showed the film The Song of Sparrows by Majid Majidi on August 22nd.

For further details see the website of

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Stained Glass In Iran

Stained glass is used in many mosques in Iran often in beautiful patterns. Shiraz is particularly well-known for its stained glass.

Stained Glass in Iran

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Provinces of Iran

Iran has 31 provinces or ostan each governed by a provincial governor-general. Sistan and Baluchistan is the largest Iranian province by area, slightly bigger than Kerman. Tehran is the largest by population by some distance and has the highest population density.

The provinces are further divided into counties (shahrestan), and then subdivided into districts (bakhsh) and sub-districts (dehestan).

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Iran's Post Office

Iran’s post office is easily recognized with its yellow logo on a blue background. Iran's postal service is being privatized, though the post office will still be responsible for mail delivery.

Post Office, Vali-Asr Square

Iranian addresses are supposed to have a 10-digit post code. Ordinary letters up to 250g cost from 30,000 to 70,000 rial (2011 prices) to send overseas depending on the zone.

Iran Post

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder, a 2,500 year old clay artefact, has been on display recently at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, on loan for a special exhibition from the British Museum in London.

Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder dates from King Cyrus' conquest of ancient Babylon in 539 BCE and his subsequent freeing of the subservient peoples of the city state, who had been enslaved there, including a sizeable Jewish population.

The ancient cuneiform script pronounces the rights of all religious groups to worship the god(s) of their choice.

Over 1 million people are believed to have viewed the Cyrus Cylinder while it was on display in the Iranian capital.

British Museum

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The Caspian Sea resort of Ramsar, north west of Tehran, was the site of the 1971 Convention on Wetlands signed in the town. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and a number of events are planned to mark the occasion.

The full list of wetland sites in Iran itself is available here and includes: Bujagh National Park, Govater Bay and Hur-e-Bahu, Lake Gori, Lake Kobi, Lake Urmia, Lake Parishan & Dasht-e-Arjan.

Ramsar Convention

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Friday, February 11, 2011

32nd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution Day

February 11 is the 32nd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and a national holiday in Iran.

Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in 1979 at this time.
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Other national holidays in Iran are:

Oil Nationalization Day - March 20
This day celebrates the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951.

Noruz - around March 21-24
Iranian New Year "Noruz" (lit. new day) is celebrated on the Spring Equinox and many Iranian return to their home towns during this period.

Islamic Republic Day - April 1
The anniversary of the beginning of the Islamic Republic.

Sizdah Bedar - April 2
This is the 13th day of the Persian new year when many Iranians leave their homes and go on picnics to avoid bad luck.

Heart-Rending Departure of the Great Leader - June 4
The anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.

Anniversary of the Arrest of Ayatollah Khomeini - June 5
The anniversary of the arrest of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1963, when he urged Muslims to revolt against the superpowers.

Anniversary of the Death of Dr. Seyed Behesthi - June 28
The anniversary of the death of Dr. Seyed Behesthi, a key Khomeini ally in 1981. Behesthi was killed by a bomb blast, along with 72 other people, at a meeting of the Islamic Republic party.

Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution - September 8
The anniversary of the deaths of several hundred people killed when Iranian troops fired on a Tehran demonstration against the Shah in 1978.

Religious Holidays

Iran also has many religious holidays which are celebrated on dates according to the Muslim lunar calendar.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mehrabad International Airport Arrivals & Departures

Mehrabad International Airport is no longer Tehran's major international airport. This is now Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA). Mehrabad Airport in downtown Tehran, remains as the main domestic flight hub.

Iran Air, Iran Air Tours, Mehan Airlines, Kish Air and Iran Aseman are some of the major Iranian airlines flying into and out of Mehrabad Airport (THR).

Iran Air has flights to Ahvaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Gheshm, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Lar, Mashhad, Rasht, Shahre-Kord, Sary, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia, Yazd and Zahedan.

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