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Iran Showcases Handkerchief Soaked with Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar’s Blood

The image of a blood-soaked handkerchief belonging to Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, the 19th-century Iranian king, has been put on public display at the Golestan Palace, the former royal complex of the Qajar Dynasty in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Palace of Ardeshir: A Unique 3rd-Century Structure in Southern Iran

The Palace of Ardeshir Babakan (Papakan) in Fars province, southern Iran, dates back to the Sassanid era.

Sharafkhaneh Port: A Unique Town in Northwestern Iran

The Sharafkhaneh port is one of the largest and oldest ports of Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran.

Rangooniha Mosque: An Awe-Inspiring Monument in Southern Iran

The Rangooniha Mosque is one of Iran’s most invaluable mosques with a completely different architecture.

Iran Returns 28 Antiquities Smuggled to Austria

Twenty-eight ancient Iranian relics illegally smuggled out of Iran have been returned home from Austria.

Ancient Cup Inspires Logo of Iran’s Team at Tokyo Olympic Games

The “Arjan” cup with a history going back thousands of years has been designed and unveiled as the official symbol of the Iranian team at the 2020 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

New Historical Rock Carvings Found in Western Iran

Ancient rock carvings have been newly discovered in the western Iranian province of Lorestan, according to the province’s Department of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Gate of Cyrus the Great Discovered Near Persepolis in Southern Iran

The ancient Gate of Cyrus the Great has been discovered near Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BCE), in southern Iran.

Ancient Iranian City Built on Natural Terrace

The town of Dahaneh-Gholaman in southeastern Iran was discovered by Italian archaeologists in 1959.

Historical Qanat in Central Iran Revived

A historical qanat, an underground channel to transport water, in the city of Yazd in central Iran has been successfully revived.