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  • Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower in the foreground. The UNESCO-registered site is amongst key tourist attractions in Azerbaijan. 2017-05-27 18:53

    Azerbaijan offers facilities for Iranian tour operators

    TEHRAN – The Republic of Azerbaijan has offered facilities for Iranian tour operators in a bid to widen travel businesses in the northern neighbor.

  • An undated photo depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. The 17th-century square is bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-s 2017-05-02 09:13

    Isfahan’s foreign tourist arrivals break 40-year-record

    TEHRAN – Some 85 thousand foreign travelers visited Isfahan during the first Iranian month of Farvardin (Mar. 21 to Apr. 20), setting a new record for the past 40 years, Isfahan Governor General says.

  • Azerbaijan’s Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Adalat Veliyev (L) talks to East Azarbaijan Province Governor General Esmaeil Jabbarzadeh in Tabriz on April 26, 2017. 2017-04-29 18:35

    Azerbaijan seeks to bolster tourism ties with Iran

    TEHRAN – The deputy culture and tourism minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan has held talks with provincial authorities of East Azarbaijan in northwest Iran, laying out a roadmap for widening cooperation thanks to countless mutual commonalities, CHTN reported on Saturday.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-04-06 14:10

    Tehran eyes rise in inbound tourists this year: AGI

    TEHRAN – The bustling yet historical Iranian capital is expected to witness a boom in the number of its visitors this year, though years of international sanctions had slowed the expansion of tourism industry in the country, Italian Journalist Agency -- Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI) – reported on March 31.

  • An undated photo shows travelers visiting Sadi mausoleum in Shiraz, the capital of Fars Province 2017-04-04 08:22

    Visits to Fars historical sites up 7% during Noruz 

    TEHRAN - Various historical sites across the southern province of Fars attracted over 1.6 million visitors during Noruz holidays from March 15 to April 2, up seven percent from the same period in the year earlier. 

  • The hands of young ladies is seen tying together blades of grass in hope of finding their ideal husbands as a tradition to mark Sizdah Bedar. 2017-04-02 14:54

    Noruz in snapshot

    The hands of young ladies is seen tying together blades of grass in hope of finding their ideal husbands as a tradition to mark Sizdah Bedar.

  •  A view of Ferdowsi mausoleum in Tus, northeastern Iran. A massive statue of the renowned Persian poet is seen in the foreground.  2017-04-01 12:25

    In praise of Noruz: A glimpse at myths encircling Iranian New Year

    Like many other ancient traditions, Noruz is associated with heroes of myths and legends that revolve around such a cherished festival in the Persian calendar.

  • A woman passes by a flower garden during Noruz when the air boasts of its blossoming lilies, roses, and daffodils. 2017-03-28 13:08

    Noruz in snapshot

    A woman passes by a flower garden during Noruz when the air boasts of its blossoming lilies, roses, and daffodils.

  • An Iranian woman buys flowers ahead of celebrations in Tehran for Persian New Year, or Noruz (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images) 2017-03-27 02:39

    Noruz in snapshot

    An Iranian woman buys flowers ahead of celebrations in Tehran for Persian New Year, or Noruz (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-03-23 15:54

    Double-decker bus offers hop-on, hop-off tour in Tehran

    An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017.

  • Soroush Razmi 2017-03-23 06:21

    Soroush Razmi

    Rebirth of a collective remembrance

    Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the beginning of spring and the renewal of nature.

  • An undated photo above shows people doing their new year shopping ahead of Noruz in Tehran. 2017-03-23 02:14

    UNESCO chief calls Noruz cradle of confidence, belonging for all

    TEHRAN - The head of the United Nations cultural agency has said that amid global challenges such as violent extremism, Noruz is a source of confidence and belonging for all.

  • Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis) 2017-03-22 10:52

    Noruz in snapshot

    Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were martyred during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in an undated photo in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis)

  • An interior view of the historical Golestan Palace in the heart of Tehran 2017-03-21 18:48

    Intl. figures to celebrate Noruz at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization will host an international celebration of Noruz on March 26 at the historical Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran. 

  • Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground. 2017-03-20 23:17

    Noruz in snapshot

    Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground.

  • No get-together between Zarif, Tillerson in Germany, spokesman 2017-03-20 12:02

    Zarif congratulates fellow Iranians on Noruz

    TEHRAN – In a message hours before Noruz, Iran’s national festive, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wished all Iranians across the world a happy New Year.

  • A view general of Tehran with snow-clad Alborz mountain range in the background 2017-03-20 11:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Time to see another face of Tehran during Noruz

    TEHRAN – Noruz, the ancient, national festive of the Iranians, is the right time for those who have been for long fancying being in Tehran.

  • Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year 2017-03-19 13:18

    Noruz in snapshot

    Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year

  •  Men, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dancea on a countryside road, northern Iran, hoping to earn money from passengers. 2017-03-19 13:13

    Haji Firuz & Amoo Noruz, the Persian troubadour & Santa Claus

    Haji Firuz, a troubadour sporting a red costume, black make-up and a tambourine and a red costume ushers in the Iranian New Year with a song and dance.

  • A man clad in a special outfit passes by a massive bunch of fire set to observe Chaharshanbeh-Suri, a time-honored Iranian ritual. 2017-03-13 18:41

    Chaharshanbeh-Suri: A fiery salute to New Year

    TEHRAN – Amongst final preparations to salute the Iranian New Year, people observe Chaharshanbeh-Suri, a deeply-rooted-in-time ceremony that, according to tradition, is a bid to ward off all the misfortunes and bad omens, hoping that wishes will come true.

  • Nowruz festivities in Kurdistan 2017-03-10 13:51

    Nowruz festivities in Kurdistan

    People in Palangan historical village, western province of Kurdestan, celebrate Nowruz festivities every year by the beginning of the spring. The youngsters carry blazing torches around the village and at the same time some other start big fire on the other side of the village. The festivities finally end with people performing traditional dances.Tehran Times /Aryan Nasrollahi