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The Islamic Republic of Iran was previously a constitutional
monarchy ruled by a shah; from 1906 to 1979.
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Countries neighbouring Iran are: Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan,
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Much of the country is rugged terrain, subject to severe earthquake
activity, while central Iran is predominately desert.
Persian carpets are still considered among the most valuable in
the world, because of the considerable skill of the Iranian weavers.
The Persian Empire was founded by Cyrus the Great, the self-proclaimed
king of Persia, in 550 BC. His tomb can still be seen at Pasargadae.
The capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis, was situated in the dry
mountainous region of south-western Iran.
Much of the architecture of the city has been preserved, due to the
favourable climate and restoration work on the ruins by dedicated archaeologists.
The Persian Empire never managed to encompass Greece, but Alexander
the Great took Persia in the 4th century BC.
After the death of Alexander the Great, in 323 BC, there were many
struggles for control of Persia.
Map of Iran.
The official site of the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran Customs Regulations
You can't bring duty-free alcoholic beverages into Iran, but a laptop
is ok; as long as it has no gambling and debauchery paraphernalia on the hard drive.
Weather in the Middle East:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Middle East.
Getting to Iran, and other information for visitors.
Although sometimes referred to as Persian culture, the inhabitants of Iran have long
called themselves Iranians, and this is their culture.
Mashhad (mah-shahd), meaning place of martyrdom, is the capital and largest city in
Khorasan province. It is also Iran's holiest city, located 850 kilometres north-east of
Tehran. Find out more about Iranian cities.
Where to go in Iran. Learn more about the regions of Iran.
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