04/24/2017

East Azerbaijan

Babak Castle

East Azerbaijan Province

East Azerbaijan is a mountain province in the east of Iran. Rushing rivers, beautiful waterfalls, lush gardens, green countryside, and lakes among the high mountains have created spectacular views. These views are accompanied with historical places. In addition, the province is an attractive destination, especially in the warm months because of the cold weather. When traveling to this region visit the following sights in Tabriz, the capital of the East Azerbaijan province, and other cities:

El-Gölü:

El-Gölü is a large park in Tabriz. It was traditionally, more than 600 years ago, used as a water reservoir and then has been developed in the Safavid and Qajarieh periods. There is an octagonal pavilion at the center of pool that hosts the tourists coming there.

Kandovan Village:

Kandovan is a historical unique village. Traditionally, people have made dwellings in the cliffs and rocks, while there were no especial tool and with bare hands. In this way, it is one of the three rock villages in the world. Interestingly, unlike two other, here still people are living in these houses which makes it even more worth visiting. Travelers can rent a furnished house and experience a night in the rock houses.

Tabriz Bazaar:

Geographically, Tabriz is located in a strategic place. This city is the gate to the west countries for the east ones. Therefore, there must exist a thriving bazaar, where people can exchange goods and trade. The Tabriz Bazaar play this important role very well. This is justified by numerous existed caravanserais, mosques, rooms and houses to rent, and also the travelers such as Marco polo. The current structure is built in the Safavid Era (300 years ago) with a stunning architecture. Each guild has taken a part of bazaar.

Saint Stepanos Monastery:

An Armenian monastery in a beautiful and deep valley next to the Arax River, and is surrounded by old trees in Jolfa, East Azerbaijan. The monastery was rebuilt several times from the 7th century. The final building is rebuilt in the Qajarieh Era, in 1819 until 1825. The wooden gate, entrance, chaplet and beautiful side walls.

Blue Mosque:

A historical mosque dates back to Jahan Shah from the Kara Koyunlu dynasty, in 1465. At the time, Tabriz was selected as the capital of Iran. Tiling works, writings and paintings are absolutely elegant. The amazing conformity of colors and the vast usage of cyan color make the mosque the Turquoise of Islam

Maqbarat-o-shoara (Mausoleum of Poets):

A monument that is built over the graves of poets and literates of Azerbaijan. The most famous poets are Shahryar, Asadi Tusi, and Khaqani. The memorial monument is built in 1971, and now hosts the travelers come to visit the city.

Babak Castle:

Babak Castle is a citadel above a 2300 m mountain. The citadel was built in the Bozin City in the Sassanid Era, 224-651 AD. However, the name is adopted from an Iranian commander, Babak Khurramdin. He leads the people against the attack of Muslims in 893 AD. The castle is located in the Arasbaran oak forests on the jagged cliffs. The way to the castle is extremely narrow, and is surrounded by deep valleys to prevent an all-out attack.

Maragheh Observatory:

A cylindrical tower over a hill in Maragheh for observatory purposes. The Observatory is built under supervision of Nasir al Din Tusi, in 1259.  Tusi was a Persian mathematician, architect, Philosopher and theologian. His published books and writings is about 150, and he suggested a planetary model and invented astrolabe. Unfortunately, some parts of the actual building is ruined and to prevent farther destruction the observatory is protected by a dome shaped shelter.