Kabud (Blue) Mosque
When it was constructed in 1465, the Mosque was among the most glorious buildings of its era. Once built, artists took a further 25...
The German-designed Municipal Hall is a century-old Tabriz icon. It’s only open to the public during occasional exhibitions.
Museum of Measurement
Measurement Museum hidden amid very ordinary apartment blocks. The brilliantly restored 160-year-old Qajar mansion is more interesting...
Kahveteria Sonati Tarbiat
Cosy, gently romantic brick-vaulted cafe for tea and dates (US$1) served on porcelain featuring Qajar royalty. Women can smoke a qalyan...
Vaulted underground eatery with an amusing if tacky ‘sculpted’ centrepiece water-feature and a choice of tables or carpeted sitting...
Imam Khomeini St · interesting places nearby
Azarbayjan Museum information
This museum is 50m west of the Blue Mosque. Enter through a great brick portal with big wooden doors guarded by two stone rams. Ground-floor exhibits include finds from Hasanlu (an Iron Age town that developed into a citadel over 4000 years), a superb 3000-year-old copper helmet and curious stone ‘handbags’ from the 3rd millennium BC. Found near Kerman these were supposedly symbols of wealth once carried by provincial treasurers. The basement features Ahad Hossein’s powerful if disturbing sculptural allegories of life and war. The top floor displays a re-weave of the famous ‘Ardebil’ carpet, reckoned to be one of the best ever made; the original is beautifully displayed in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.