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Tourism in Iran provides a range of activities from hiking and skiing in the Alborz and Zagros mountains, to beach holidays by the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. The Iranian government has made efforts to attract tourists to various destinations in the country.

The government website advises visitors to "dress modestly" at all times, which for women means covering head, arms, and legs down to the ankles.

The country faced as of July 2023 an extreme drop in the number of its foreign tourists because of security problems such as foreign nationals being detained in Iran (hostage diplomacy). Iran’s Minister of tourism has called toilet problems a priority and also strict government Islamic law enforcement problematic for tourism, such as closing of places, and shutting down concerts and businesses for Iran’s dress "hijab" code. He has asked Minister of Road and Urban Development for assistance in increasing access to far reaching tourist destinations.

In 2011, most of Iran's international visitors arrived in Iran solely for the purpose of leisure travel. Leisure tourists arriving from abroad are also often relatives of Iranian citizens or expatriates residing outside of Iran returning to visit. Another key segment of international arrival traffic are pilgrims come to pay a visit to holy sites in the country.

The number of international arrivals increased, up from 2.2 million people in 2009 to 3.6 million in 2011, with per capita spending of $1 850 per visit on average.

Over five million tourists visited Iran in the fiscal year of 2014–2015, ending March 21, four percent more year-on-year.

Rudkhan Castle, also Roodkhan Castle, is a brick and stone medieval fortress in Iran that was built to defend against the Arab invaders during the Muslim conquest of Persia. With the fall of the Sasanian Empire, this area became a defensive position against the Arabs in the then-newly established Tabarestan.

Located 25 km southwest of Fuman city north of Iran in Gilan province, it is a military complex which was constructed during the Sasanian era (224-651), and later rebuilt in 1096 by the Nizari Isma'ilis for use by the Assassins. The castle is built on two tips of a mount, with an area of 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres).

The Allahverdi Khan Bridge, popularly known as Si-o-se-pol, is a bridge of thirty-three spans. It is is the largest of the eleven historical bridges on the Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan.

The bridge was built in the early 17th century to serve as both a bridge and a dam.

Si-o-se-pol was built between 1599 and 1602, under the reign of Abbas I, the fifth Safavid king (shah) of Iran. It was constructed under the supervision of Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, the commander-in-chief of the armies, who was of Georgian origin, and was also named after him. The bridge served particularly as a connection between the mansions of the elite, as well as a link to the city's vital Armenian neighborhood of New Julfa.

In years of drought (2000–02 and 2013), the river was dammed upstream to provide water for Yazd province.

The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, is a traditional mosque in Shiraz. It is located near Shāh Chérāgh Mosque. It was built during Qajar dynasty rule of Iran.

The mosque includes extensive coloured glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse ("five concaved") design.

The mosque was built during the Qajar dynasty, and is still in use under protection by the Endowment Foundation of Nasir al Molk. Construction began in 1876 by the order of Mirza Hassan Ali Nasir-ol-Mulk, one of the lords and aristocrats of Shiraz, the son of Ali Akbar Qavam al-Mulk, the kalantar of Shiraz and was completed in 1888. The designers were Mohammad Hasan-e-Memār, a Persian architect who had also built the noted Eram Garden before the Nasir al-Molk Mosque, Mohammad Hosseini Shirazi, and Mohammad Rezā Kāshi-Sāz-e-Širāzi.

Source: Wikipedia last update October 2019

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