Theme Week Iran – Tabriz

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 - 12:40 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Panorama of Tabriz © Hoseinb007

Panorama of Tabriz © Hoseinb007

Tabriz is the most populated city in the Iranian Azerbaijan, one of the historical capitals of Iran, and the present capital of East Azerbaijan Province. Located in the Quru River valley between the long ridge of the volcanic cones of the Sahand and Eynali mountains, Tabriz’ elevation range between 1,350 and 1,600 meters above sea level. The valley opens up into a plain that gently slopes down to the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, 60 kilometres (37 miles) to the west. With cold winters and temperate summers, the city is considered a summer resort. Tabriz is the World Carpet and Crafts City, also the city is selected by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation City of Tourism for 2018.

Tabriz metropolitan area has a population of 1.8 million. The population consists mostly of Iranian Azerbaijanis who speak the Azerbaijani language. It is a major heavy industry hub for automobile, machine tools, refineries and petrochemical, textile, and cement production industries. The city is famous for its handicrafts, including hand-woven rugs and jewelry. It is known for locally made confectioneries, chocolates, dried nuts, and traditional food. Tabriz is also an academic hub and a site for some of the most prestigious academic and cultural institutes in the northwest of Iran.

Panorama of Tabriz © Hoseinb007 Behnam's House - Sahand University of Technology © flickr.com - Hamed Saber/cc-by-sa-2.0 Municipality building of Tabriz © Vathlu/cc-by-sa-3.0 The grand bazaar © Vathlu/cc-by-sa-3.0 Seyed Hamzeh shrine and mosque © Fabienkhan/cc-by-sa-2.5
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Behnam's House - Sahand University of Technology © flickr.com - Hamed Saber/cc-by-sa-2.0
The early history of Tabriz is not well-documented. Some archaeologists suppose that the Garden of Eden was probably located in present-day location of Tabriz. The city has a long and turbulent history with its oldest civilization sites dating back to 1,500 BC. It contains many historical monuments representing the transition of Iranian architecture in its long historical timelines. Most of the preserved historical sites in the city belong to Ilkhanate (of Mongol Empire), Safavid, and Qajar area, among them is the grand Bazaar of Tabriz which is inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2010. From the early modern era, the city was pivotal in the development, movement, and economy of three neighboring regions, namely that of the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia, and central Iran. From the 19th century, it became the most important city in the country in numerous respects. As the closest Iranian hub to Europe, many aspects of the early modern modernisation in Iran started in Tabriz. Prior to the forced ceding of Iran’s Caucasian territories to Imperial Russia following the two Russo-Persian Wars of the first half of the 19th century, Tabriz was the main city in the implementation of Iranian rule for its Caucasian territories due to its proximity. During almost the entire Qajar period (up to 1925), it functioned as the seat for the crown prince as well.

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