Iranian Sites Registered in UNESCO’s List

There are several Iranian historic sites registered in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage. Some of them belong to pre-Islam Iran and some to post-Islam Iran. At this page, you get familiar with all the registered ones in the UNESCO so far.

This list gets updated as UNESCO approves the documentations offered by the Iranian delegation to the UN.

Iranian Sites in UNESCO’s Waiting List

Iran is an ancient country that can potentially offer plenty of more historic sites and tourist attractions to its visitors.

Many historic monuments deserve to be listed as World Heritage Sites. Iranian delegation to the UNESCO has documented tens of them that are in the waiting list. You can see the list of Iranian sites that are either registered or waiting to be registered  here!

Tchogha Zanbil UNESCO Site

Tchogha Zanbil

This Elamite temple is a ziggurat-shaped structure built under the kingdom of Elam, c. 1250 B.C.

It is surrounded by three huge walls and can be seen from a long distance.

Millions of bricks have been used in the construction of this temple. Some of them are engraved in cuneiform writing  …

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Persepolis UNESCO Site


This historic site is a ceremonial palace compound and the most famous and popular site in Iran. It is the palace complex built under Darius the Great in 518 B.C.

There used to be 29 nations sending delegation there to the Persian emperors paying respect and meeting on certain occasions, either in Mehregan or Nowruz.

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Imam Khomeini Sq UNESCO Site

Meidan-e-Emam Khomeini

This tourist attraction and historic site is a huge square with monuments on all its four sides along the two-storeyed arcades in Esfehan.

What makes this site a top tourist attraction is the ultimately grand examples of Iranian architecture.

Two mosques, a palace and a bazaar are making a breath-taking …

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Takht-e-Soleyman UNESCO Site


This exclusive historic site is an archaeological site in the mountains that has witnessed life in a large span of time.

You can find various structures from pre-Islam to post-Islam eras here like fire temple, Anahita temple, and many more.

This is a unique compound …

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Pasargadae, A UNESCO Site


This is the first capital city of the first dynastic Persian Empire, Achaemenians in ancient Persia.

Pasargadae is also the first example of Achaemenians’ palace compounds and the first examples of Persian garden planning in Iranian history. The remnants of such planning is still noticeable and spectacular.

The tomb of Cyrus the great, the author of our nation is here too …

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Bam, a UNESCO Site


This is an ancient walled city originally built under Achaemenians. Life has been going on here until early 20th century. In addition, you can find the traces of the ancient Iranian underground water supplement system, Kariz , here which has made life possible in this oasis.

It has been a tourist attraction and historic site despite all the natural and historical disastrous phenomena such as earthquakes, invasions, etc.

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Soltanieh, a UNESCO Site


This tourist attraction and historic site is the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty where the mausoleum of Oljaytu is located.

This masterpiece of architecture is a unique example of Iranians’ precision in mathematics and calculation in engineering, dated back to Ilkhanid period.

There’s unique embellishment and calligraphy …

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Bisotun, a UNESCO Site


This is the largest inscription of the world consisting of 1119 lines of cuneiform in three languages and situated in a very well-known spot.

The rock relieves depict Darius the Great after an initial endeavor to arrest the rebels who had introduced themselves falsely as sons of Cyrus the Great.

This huge inscription is in Cuneiform …

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Shushtar Waterfalls, a UNESCO Site

Shushtar Waterfalls

These waterfalls are the masterpieces of engineering at the time of ancient Iranians.

The entire collection includes waterfalls, dams, bridges, basins, mills, etc. The waterfalls are planned and dug into the rocks on the new course of water chosen by the ancient engineers.

For more than 1600 years, these mills …

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Qara Kelisa, a UNESCO Site

Armenian Monastic Ensembles

There are three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christians living in the North West of present day Iran:

St Thaddeus, St Stepanos, and the Chapel of Dzordzor.

The oldest structure among these three dates back to the 7th century. The architecture of these temples indicating Iranian architecture styles as well as their own unique elements are very interesting.

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Tabriz Historic Bazaar, a UNESCO Site

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex

Tabriz bazaar is an ancient compound of roofed brick-made passageways, structures, buildings and enclosed spaces used for a series of various functions.

Various sections of this vast roofed bazaar are witnesses to several historical events.

It has always played major roles in developing social, economical and political developments in Iran …

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Sheikh Safi-e-Din Ardebili, a UNESCO Site

Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble

Built between 16th and 18th century, during Safavid rulers in Iran, it consists of various buildings for different functions like khaneqah (gathering structure of Sufis), a school, library, mausolea, a mosque, a cistern, a hospital, kitchens, a bakery, and some offices.

It gained political and national importance when Safavid …

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Shahzadeh Garden, a UNESCO Site

The Persian Garden

The tradition of developing and creating Persian gardens goes back to the time of Cyrus the Great, 6th century BC.

The feature elements of Persian gardens include beautiful buildings, pavilions and walls, and also some sophisticated irrigation systems inherited from ancient Persians …

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Jame Mosque of Esfahan, a UNESCO Site

Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan

This Friday mosque represents the evolution of mosque building since early post-Islam era in Iran beginning in 9th century.

Over time, different corners of the mosque have been constructed in different styles of their own times. This is the first Islamic building that has inherited Sasanian …

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Gonbad-e-Qabus, a UNESCO Site

Gonbad-e Qabus

This fantastic example of tomb tower building in Iran date back to 1006, when Ziyarid were ruling in Iran. It was built out of unglazed fired bricks at a corner of the ancient city of Jorjan nothing of which has remained except for this structure.

The 53-meter high sacral tower has escaped Mongols’ …

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Golestan Palace, a UNESCO Site

Golestan Palace

Golestan palace compound is a fantastic palace compound remaining from Qajar era, late 18th century, when they declared Tehran as capital. A series of palaces were built under Qajars here, which were also later used by Pahlavi dynasty.

Golestan Palaces are in central Tehran and present …

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Shahr-e-Sukhteh, a UNESCO Site

Shahr-I Sokhta

The remains of this mud brick city called hahr-e-Sukhteh (Burned City) is the first example of a series of complex societies in eastern Iran. The archaeological findings of this 5000-year-old site indicates separate sections for houses, workshops and graveyards.

It is a sizable archaeological site of the Bronze Age urban settlement, which is clearly associated with …

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Maymand Cultural Landscape, a NESCO Site

Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Maymand is an area in central Iran and just south of some local mountain areas. What makes Maymand interesting is their lifestyles and accommodation as they live partly nomadic and partly settled lives.

During part of the year, they follow their livestock to the pastures. They have to go down the valley to live in their caves dug into the cliffs as rock houses …

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Susa, a UNESCO Site


Susa or today’s Shush is located at the SW of Iran and south of Zagros mountains. The remnants of ancient civilizations at Susa indicates urban settlements in a continuous way from the late 5th millennium BC until the 13th century.

This site provides good amount of knowledge about the administrative, residential and palatial buildings …

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Qanat Workers

The Persian Qanat

Iranians have been quite innovative in bringing life to the middle of barren lands. As water has always been a challenge of the inhabitants of Iranian plateau, Persians have invented underground water supplement system called Qanat (Kariz).

You can find qanats in various parts of Iran particularly at the Eastern half. Water is transferred from …

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lut desert in South East of Iran

Lut Desert

Iran has got two large deserts at its Eastern half. Lut Desert is an amazing part of Iran with fantastic features that invites every curious nature lover. Lut Desert is the first Iranian natural property registered in UNESCO.

With an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometers, this desert is spread over three provinces of  …

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  1. Amir Arbaban

    I think when Muslims must visit Qabah once in their life time, people of the world should visit Iran once in their life time. This is the land of their anscestors. They will find their own roots here.
    I invite everyone to come home, to the land of their grand parents.
    Amir Arbaban

    1. Rahman Mehraby

      Iran offers a lot of roots in architecture, culture, religions, etc. I agree that many will find Iran quite interesting and familiar.

      It’s a must-see destination. Once you discover it, you’ll see what I mean. It leaves such an insightful impression in your heart and mind that you could never forget it. Come see it for yourselves!

  2. Karim Farnami

    I have been to a couple of countries , but I have never tasted a food as delicious as Kebab, the traditionally cooked meat on screw . Never forget to ask for Bonabi Kebab , it is very special also dont forget to ask for Iranian souvenir
    Qom’s SOHAN , Tabriz’s NOGHA , Isfahani GAZ ,Yazd BAGHLAVA and Bonab’s Kebab

    1. Rahman Mehraby

      Hi Karim, thanks for your comment. In fact, local food is another attraction of our country. Many visitors appreciate the taste of food and what is served in Iranian restaurants too.

  3. ghazal mohebahari

    Iran is a beautiful country with a lot of tourist attractions that invites you every time!dont give up this chance!

  4. Mohamad

    In addition to all the unique characteristics , Iran has a four seasoned climate. In any time of the year you could travel from winter of the north to the spring of the south. and at the hot summer of the south , to the beautiful climate of the north and enjoy such a fantastic place as well . Iran has a history backed to the thousands years , and it is recommended for all to visit such a paradise at least once in their life .


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