East Azerbaijan Province
East Azerbaijan Province (Persian: استان آذربایجان شرقی, [Āzarbāijān-e Sharqi]) is located in Iranian Azerbaijan, bordering with Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ardabil Province, West Azerbaijan Province, and Zanjan Province. The center of this province is Tabriz.
The Nature has graced Eastern Āzarbāijān with thick vegetation, cool and pleasant summers, colorful autumns and white winters.
Most of the souvenirs of this province are local sweets: Nougat, Qarabiyeh, Carrot Halva, Esco Walnut Halva, Baklava, and Basluq.
Carpet, rug, kilim, traditional print, embroidery, knitting, painting, textile weaving, and silversmithing are the most important handicrafts of this province.
You will understand the joys and pains of these people as you listen to their local Āzarī music. You can also discover the depth of their art when you observe the designs of the region’s hand-woven carpets.
Travel to East Āzarbāijān to be a guest to its friendly residents. They would entertain you with fresh milk and bread. You will also find an opportunity to forget the hectic city life in wonderful forests of Arasbārān, Lake Urumia, and Kandovān and Eshtebīn villages.
Kabūd Mosque of Tabrīz
The Kabūd mosque, sometimes called “Turquoise of the Islamic World,” was built by the order of King Jahānshāh of the Qara Qoyūnlū dynasty in 11th century CE.
The importance of this mosque lies in magnificent designs on dark blue tiles of its walls.
Arasbārān Protected Zone
This protected zone is located on the southern banks of Aras River near the town of Kalībar. It is registered in UNESCO World Heritage List as a biosphere reserve. The protected zone has an area of 72 square kilometers and is renowned for its wild animals and flora.
This village is located 22 km south of the town of Oskū in a beautiful valley next to a river with the same name. The houses in this village are built in a unique way-- they are carved inside the rock and date back to pre-Islamic era. Besides its unique architecture, the village has drawn attention for its refreshing water springs which are recommended to be positively effective for various health conditions.
Also called Ghaleh Bābak, the castle is located 5 km southwest of Kalibar with an altitude of 2600 meters. Deep valleys surround the castle and there is only a single narrow passage into the castle. This castle was used by Bābak Khorramdīn who was the leader of Iranian religious sect called Khorramdīnān. The sect arose after the execution of Abu Moslem Khorāsānī who had rebelled against the Abbasid Caliphate.
The Red Dome of Marāgheh
This is a square structure with a dome on top with a beautiful plaster- work. The covered parts are placed on the top floor and there is a cellar under the building. Only a single door connects the cellar to the yard. The foundation and pillars are made of stone and the rest of the building is made of bricks. The interior is decorated using tiles and bricks.
Saint Stepanous Cathedral
The cathedral is located 16 km west of the town of Jolfā in a green valley called Darreh Sham. The architectural style is Armenian. There are hundreds of carved stone tablets in Armenian language both inside and outside the building. The cathedral was built in 10th or 12th century CE.
Sarāb Thermal Springs
Sarāb thermal springs are located at the southwest of the town of Sarāb. Water flows out from the ground with a huge amount of gas and runs to the nearby river. The warm water contains sodium sulfate.