in the past, Iran was called “Persia” by people outside of the country. The people that lived there called the country “Iran”.
The Islamic conquest of Persia and the end of the Sassanid Empire was a turning point in Iranian history. Iran had been a monarchy ruled by a shah, or emperor, almost without interruption from 1501 until the 1979 Islamic revolution, when Iran officially became an Islamic Republic on 1 April 1979
Tehran is the capital and biggest city. Iran is the eighteenth largest country in the world. It has more than 70 million people. Iran has been a member of the United Nations since 1945. It is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It is an Islamic republic.
Iran is a southwest Asian country of mountains and deserts. Eastern Iran is dominated by a high plateau, with large salt flats and vast sand deserts. The plateau is surrounded by even higher mountains, including the Zagros to the west and the Alborz to the north. View more
Since the beginning of human civilization to present-day Iran, a series of peoples has invaded the region, exposing the area to new customs, beliefs, ideas, and foods, as well as bringing Iranian customs and foods back to their own home countries. View more
People and Traditional
Clothing was always important in ancient Iran and issues like geographical situation, social conditions and lifestyle,kind of government, religious beliefs and many other factors influenced it. View more
Arts & Handcrafts
Persian art or Iranian art has one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many disciplines including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stone masonry. There is also a very vibrant Iranian modern and contemporary art scene. View more
Cost of Things
Iranian money, Rials or Tomans? Usually, this is what confuses almost every traveller in Iran. Yes, we have two common currencies in Iran. The first and the official currency is Iranian Rial (Rls or ریال) and the currency people use informally, is Tomans. Basically, each Toman is equal to 10 Rials. So, 1000 Tomans equals to 10,000 Rials.. View more