The Most Instagrammable Spots in Iran

Golestan Palace | © gomnam/pixabay
Golestan Palace | © gomnam/pixabay
Photo of Pontia Fallahi
5 July 2017

Iran is the land of stunning ceilings and tiles, magnificent mosques, and ancient history. Among these architectural marvels and quaint villages frozen in time are so many awe-inspiring places it’ll be a challenge choosing the best photo for your feed. Check out the 10 best picture-perfect places in Iran.

Azadi Tower

Architectural Landmark
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The symbol of Tehran, Azadi Tower has become the spot for tourists to officially Instagram their arrival into Iran. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s a sculpture of a person taking a selfie in front of the tower. Capture the different angles of this guardian of the capital city, and climb the steps to the top to get a view of the buzzing square below.

Imam Mosque

Places like Imam Mosque are quite possibly one of the reasons we have apps like Instagram. Lofty domes, symmetrical arcades, and all shades of calming blue will give you plenty of material for your feed.

Imam Mosque, south side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran

Ali Qapu Palace

Between the frescoes, music hall, and views of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, you’ll be snapping away in Ali Qapu Palace. Don’t forget to slip on a pair of your cutest shoes to take the mandatory shoe-shot while you stand on the mosaic stairs.

Ali Qapu Palace, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran +98 31 3222 2173

Nasir ol-Molk Mosque

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Light streams through the stained glass of Nasir ol-Molk mosque
Light streams through the stained glass of Nasir ol-Molk mosque | © Julia Maudlin / Flickr
No trip to Iran is complete without a stop at Shiraz’s Nasir ol-Molk mosque. The stained-glass windows, floral Persian rugs, and pink-hued mosaics make every nook and cranny of this mosque photogenic. Go in the morning when the sunlight shines through and become a part of the kaleidoscope!


The 1,500-year-old village of Abyaneh is known for its red adobe houses and elderly population. A short hike in the surrounding mountains may tire you a bit, but it’ll be well worth it once you catch a glimpse of this entire charming village from afar.

Abyaneh, Esfahan Province, Iran

Golestan Palace

There are plenty of mirrored ceilings and marble thrones in this Qajar-era palace, but most visitors can’t get enough of the painted tile walls, which serve as spectacular subjects themselves or backgrounds for a selfie.

Golestan Palace, Panzdah-e Khordad St., Tehran, Iran +98 21 3311 3335

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