Top ChoiceMausoleum in Ardabil

Sheikh Safi-od-Din Mausoleum

Western Iran’s most dazzling Safavid monument, and a World Heritage Site, the Sheikh Safi-od-Din Mausoleum is relatively compact. The patriarch is buried with lesser notables in an iconic 1334 Allah-Allah tower,...

Teahouse in Ardabil

Shah Abbas Restaurant

This hidden, tastefully renovated 640-year-old former hammam oozes atmosphere, with vaulted ceilings and rabbit-warren chambers. Try local pichag qeimeh (tender lamb, diced almonds, caramelised onions and...

Bridge in Ardabil

Pol-e Jajim

The seven-span Pol-e Jajim is the most famous of Ardabil's restored bridges across the Baliqli Chay (Fishy River).

Market in Ardabil

Covered Bazaar

The covered bazaar is extensive and attractive, covering the triangle between Imam Khomeini and Beheshti Sts.

Mausoleum in Ardabil

Sheik Jebra’il Shrine

Sheikh Jebra’il, Sheikh Safi-od-Din’s father, is buried beneath a mildly attractive 16th-century structure at Khalkhoran, a village-suburb 3km northeast of the centre. It’s an active shrine; remove your shoes...

Mosque in Ardabil

Mirza Ali Akbar Mosque

The attractively brick-vaulted Mirza Ali Akbar Mosque has a blue Kufic-tiled exterior frieze and a lighthouse-style minaret.

Mosque in Ardabil

Haji Fakr Mosque

Stroll the back alleys to find the handsome little Haji Fakr Mosque with its squat, Bukharan-style pepper-mill minaret.

Museum in Ardabil

Anthroplogy Museum

Lifelike wax dummies in traditional Ardabil costume inhabit this restored Ilkhanid (Mongol)–era hammam.

Church in Ardabil

Maryam Church

Just off Taleqani St, this Church of the Virgin Mary has an unusual old stone pyramid as its central dome.