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Architecture in Iran

Shah Mosque in Esfahan
Shah Mosque in Esfahan

Architecture in Iran has a continuous history from at least 5000 BCE to the present. Pre-Islamic structures, mosques, citadels, palaces, and bazaars display a great variety of structure and style. Many of Iran’s historic buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Takht-e Soleyman, and Chogha Zanbil. The best-known pre-Islamic building is the vast palace complex or Persepolis (or Takht-e Jamshid), built in the 4th century BCE. Each Nowruz the Shahs of Persia received their guests here.

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