Attractions

Top Choice Bazaar in Qazvin

Sa'd-al Saltaneh Caravanserai

This huge, beautifully restored Qajar-era caravanserai is now the design centre of Qazvin. The long, vaulted passages house independent artists showcasing exquisitely crafted wares (jewellery, paintings, ceramics, c…
Museum in Qazvin

Chehel Sotun

When Qazvin took its turn as Iran’s capital, this attractive, colonnaded cube was Shah Tahmasp’s royal palace. Built in 1510, it was greatly remodelled in the Qajar era. Set in the town’s central park, it looks espe…
Bazaar in Qazvin

Covered Bazaar

Now that the Sa'd-al Saltaneh caravanserai has been transformed into a modern arts-and-crafts precinct, the remains of Qazvin's original covered bazaar deals mainly in clothes, jewellery, textiles, homewares and wet…
Mosque in Qazvin

Nabi Mosque

This Qajar-era mosque has a distinctive long, narrow courtyard that acts as the demarcation line between the old bazaar and the renovated Sa'd-al Saltaneh caravanserai. The mogul-style dome catches the evening light…
Islamic Shrine in Qazvin

Imamzadeh-ye Hossein

This large, well-proportioned shrine has a Qajar facade, a 16th-century blue dome and plenty of mirror tiling. Set in a big, fountained courtyard surrounded by coloured-brick alcoves, it commemorates Hossein, son of…
Historic Building in Qazvin

Aminiha Hosseiniyeh

Behind an unassuming brick wall is this well-preserved Qajar mansion built by a rich merchant in 1773. The courtyard garden is a pleasant place to linger after being dazzled by the mirrored, glittery interior, with …
Mosque in Qazvin

Masjed-e Jameh

Built in 1115, but extensively remodelled in the early 17th century, the Masjed-e Jameh has huge iwans (vaulted three-walled halls) and a fine marble mihrab (wall niche indicating the direction of Mecca).
Museum in Qazvin

Anthroplogy Museum

In a beautifully restored, multichambered subterranean bathhouse dating from the Sassanian period, lifelike mannequins document the different cultural traditions of the province.
Museum in Qazvin

Qazvin Museum

This spacious modern museum predominantly features 19th-century decorative arts, but the bottom floor has some 3000-year-old bronzes and ceramics from the Alamut Valley.
Gate in Qazvin

Darbe Khoushk Gate

Sidelined in a small park near a large roundabout, the mosaics and turrets of Darbe Khoushk Gate are a Qajar remnant of Qazvin’s once-vast city walls.