Tehran, as Iran's showcase and capital city, has a wealth of
cultural attractions. The Sun Throne (aka Peacock Throne) of the Persian Kings
can be found in Tehran's Golestan Palace. Some of the well-known museums are
National museum of Iran, Sa’dabad palaces complex, Glassware and ceramics
museum of Iran, The carpet museum of Iran, Tehran’s underglass painting museum,
Niavaran palace complex. The Tehran museum of contemporary art features works
of famous artists such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Tehran is also home to the Iranian imperial crown jewels, also
called the Imperial Crown Jewels of Persia, it is claimed to be the largest,
most dazzling and valuable jewel collection in the world. The collection
comprises a set of crowns and thrones, some 30 tiaras, numerous aigrettes,
jewel-studded swords and shields, a vast amount of precious loose gems,
including the largest collections of emeralds, rubies and diamonds in the
world. It also includes other items collected by the Shahs of Iran during the
2,500 year existence of the Iranian Kingdom. The Imperial Crown Jewels are
still on display in the Iranian Central Bank in Tehran.
Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) is known to the international
publishing world as one of the most important publishing events in Asia.
One of the most popular social activities, especially among the
younger generation, is cinema. Most cinema theaters are located downtown. The
Azadi cinema was inaugurated in 2008. It is the largest cinema complex in
Tehran with ten theaters. The Farhang cinema in the north is the only official
theater that plays foreign films in Tehran.
The Tehran zoological garden (Eram Zoo) and Eram City Game are also
popular meeting points, especially for families with children.
Artists often mingle at the House Of Artists. Tehran city theater was
opened in 1962. It is the largest theater in Tehran.
are many religious centers scattered around the city from old to newly built
centers. There are mosques, churches, and synagogues where followers of these
religions can practice their faith.
Friday pray in Tehran is usually hosted by Tehran University which is led by a
Friday prayer leader and on special occasions by the Supreme leader of Iran.
Many religious people participate in the prayers, during which a part of the
city comes to a standstill.