Spend time here – as you should – and you'll soon realize that the city is so much more than a chaotic jumble of concrete and crazy traffic .READ MORE Welcome to Iran's Sunshine Coast, or Iran's Costa del Sol.READ MORE Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry and wine. A city of poets, Shiraz is home to the graves of Hafez and Sa’di, both...Destination Iran, an Islamic republic between the Caspian Sea in north and the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in south. Iran is bordered by Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.Mount Damavand at 5,610 m (18,410 ft) , Iran's highest mountain, is located in the Elburz mountain range.The country has a population of 79 million people (in 2017) . Other major cities are Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj, Tabriz, Shiraz, Ahvaz, and Qom.
Hugging the lower slopes of the magnificent, snowcapped Alborz Mountains, Tehran is Iran’s most secular and liberal city.In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former mayor of the capital, Tehran, and famous for his conservative approach and for rolling back reforms put in place by modernists before him was elected president.He has not been shy of confronting the West and has pushed ahead with a national nuclear programme that has brought international condemnation.Iran's hereditary monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, fled the country in 1979 after decades of corrupt and authoritarian rule, and mounting religious and political unrest. [show] In the elections of 19, former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani's support increased and at the presidential election of 1997 Mohammad Khatami, Rafsanjani's cultural adviser, succeeded him.Exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to lead an Islamic revolution and formed the world's first Islamic republic the same year. Khatami promised greater freedom and tolerance and was supported mainly by women, younger voters and intellectuals.