Iran - Featured Destinations
Islamic Republic of Iran - Introduction
Iran (ایران) lies on the northern shores of the Persian Gulf and is one of the largest countries in Asia. Bordered by Pakistan and Afghanistan to the east, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey to the north, and Iraq to the west.
Iran geographically covers a land mass area slightly larger than Alaska. It is a mountainous and rugged country with an arid climate and deserts in the central and southern regions while subtropical along the northers regions near the Caspian Sea. Around 10% of land is used for farming, whilst much of the economy is based upon Iran's natural resources such as petroleum, oil and other minerals. In some areas, Iran struggles with the effects of environmental instability such as desertification and deforestation - these can lead to the loss of cultivatable soil and become desert. Seismic activity such as earthquakes occasionally affect this region.
Iran was known as Persia until 1935 and became known as the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 following significant political changes in government. Iran is home to one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations dating back to 4000BC. A country exceptionally richly endowed with history, culture and significance in shaping the evolving culture of some of the worlds most notable civilizations and historical empires, Iran is unsurprisingly noted by UNESCO as being seventh in the world for the highest number of archaeological and architectural ruins and attractions and antiquities. UNESCO has fifteen World Heritage Sites within Iranian borders. Further more, the Mausoleum of Maussollos is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Iran Map and Panoramas
This map of the Iran shows the regions and areas in the Islamic Republic of Iran where we have beautiful 360 panoramas taken around the country. Simply select a pin on the Google map. There you will be able to explore Iran in depth as each panorama is accompanied by some local and travel information.
This collection of panoramic images is contributed by numerous photographers who have visited, or live in, the Iran and presents a unique insight into the country. The collection will continue to grow as more panoramas of the sights and attractions in the Iran are added in the future.