A Glimpse into Safavid Legacy: Tehran to Qazvin
Delve into history on a captivating day trip from Tehran to Qazvin. As the second capital of Safavid rule, Qazvin boasts a rich heritage that unfolds as we explore its hidden treasures.
Qazvin is a suitable destination for a 1-day trip from Tehran. Early in the morning, we leave Tehran for Qazvin, and on the way, we read a little about Qazvin:
The early history of Qazvin dates back to the Sassanid era, a city built by Shapur’s order and named Shadshapour by Shapour. After the arrival of Islam in Iran, Qazvin was called Bab al-Janah or the Gate of Heaven.
Most of the historical places we see in Qazvin today are the remains of the capital buildings of Qazvin when it was the capital of the Safavids.
After about 2 hours, we will reach Qazvin.
The market of every city is the beating heart of that city. For this one-day trip, we will go to the city’s core when we reach Qazvin.
The most famous part of Qazvin bazaar is Saad al-Sultaneh Palace, and other essential elements of Qazvin bazaar are Shah Mosque, Wazir Caravanserai , Sarai Haj Reza, Sarai Razavi (Sarai Shah), Raste Qaysarieh, Timcheh Darwish Mehdi and Timcheh Mohammad Taghi etc.
After entering the bazaar, we will pass through the old carpentry row of the bazaar to reach the carpet shops, the carpet shops with red Iranian carpets and the light that shines on the mats every morning from the skylights on the bazaar roof. And it increases their beauty.
While walking in the bazaar, we can enjoy Qazvini tea and baklava in one of the old teahouses or modern cafes.
After leaving the market, we can visit the Qajar bath, built by Shah Abbas II Safavid and now an anthropology museum, and then the Kolah Ferangi mansion or the Forty Pillar Palace. This building is the only remaining pavilion of the royal palaces of the Safavid era of Shah Tahmasab.
Now it’s time to have lunch; the best option for lunch on this day is Ghamee Nisar Qazvin.
After having lunch and a little rest, we will go to Sepeh Qazvin Street, which bears the title of the first modern street in Iran. This street was built by the order of Shah Tahmasb Safavi during the time of the capital of Qazvin, and Aali Qapu Pass, one of the most important attractions of Qazvin, is also located on this street.
Aali Qapu gate can be seen at the beginning of this street, and it is the only gate of the Qazvin royal gardens left from the Safavid period.
After seeing Ali Qapu headland, we can visit Qazvin reservoirs. Like many cities in Iran, Qazvin people used water reservoirs to supply their water in the past. Significant and essential water reservoirs are left in the city, such as the Haj Kazem water reservoir on Qazvin Street or the Jame mosque reservoir.
In the evening, we go to the Jama Mosque. Qazvin Jame Mosque is one of the largest and oldest Jame Mosques in Iran; like many Jame Mosques, its first building was built on a fire temple from the Sassanid era, and based on historical narratives, this mosque was created by the order of Harun Al-Rashid.
After visiting Jame Mosque, we returned to Tehran.
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