Workshop and Tours

5th CLAT 2019: Iranian Architecture at a Glance

On-site Workshop and Tour

 Iran (Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Zanjan, Qazvin)

03 to 09 August 2019, Iran


Iran possesses one of the most ancient civilizations and has always been a favorable habitat for humanity throughout history due to different variability in a different part of it. Several interrelated factors in different regions of Iran have created architectural design forces that have influenced architectural styles, among which climatic factors are of particular importance. To set conditions for more desirable life, human beings lived in each of these different regions employed the methods which can act as a mirror that reflect changes of a region and the way its residents adapt themselves with the special situation. The role of architectural elements is to make use of natural forces such as light, heat, wind, and water in the design.

The history of Iranian architecture dates back to at least 5,000 BC which its characteristic examples distributed over a vast area from Turkey and Iraq to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and from the Caucasus to Zanzibar. Even after this long period of time, certain the design element of Iranian architecture persisted and has appeared as a great variety, both structural and aesthetic, from a variety of traditions and experience.

Without sudden innovations, and despite the repeated trauma of invasions and cultural shocks, it has achieved “individuality distinct from that of other Muslim countries”. However, Iran’s history is exceptionally complex, layered with dynasties and rulers whose influence extended way beyond modern-day Iran.

Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to organize a specialized tour and workshop called “Iranian Architecture at a Glance” at an international level for the experts, in order to get better global recognition for Iranian traditional and modern architecture and the elite to know it further. This is a unique opportunity for experts such as architects, architecture historians, conservationists, landscape professionals and so on, to exchange information with Iranian specialist experts while visiting the different style of “Iranian Architecture”. During 5th CLAT you will visit 7 World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Naghshe-Jahan Historical Square, Ghel Setoon Garden (Persian Garden), Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, Takhte-Soleyman, Soltaniyeh Dome and more than 20 Iranian sites that have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

After our very successful international tours and on-site workshops “Taste Paradise I and II” in May 2013 and 2019 “Landscape Transformation” in May 2015, and “Taste Persian Cultural Landscape & Architecture” in November 2018, Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to orchestrate another journey “Iranian Architecture at a Glance” for experts and professionals all around the globe, to visit and enjoy the cultural beauty of Persian Architecture. In order to raise quality, these workshops are only available to a limited number of people (20 participants for each tour) at the time, so it would be better if applicants register earlier not to lose the chance.



03 to 09 August 2019


Deadline for Registration

03 July 2019


Places to visit

1- Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 8.4 million in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area. Tehran is home to many historical collections, including the royal complexes of Golestan Palace, where the two last dynasties of the former Imperial State of Iran were seated.


Where you’ll visit in Tehran:

Tabiat Bridge

Tehran Grand Bazar Complex

Golestan Palace

Naser Khosro Pedestrian Zone

Azadi Tower



2- Isfahan

Isfahan (Esfahan) is a city in central Iran, south of Tehran and is the capital of Esfahan Province. The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half the World”. Due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An ancient town and capital of Persia from 1598 to 1722, it was long noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Today, textile and steel mills take their place. Its architecture, tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it one of the highlights of Iran.


Where you’ll visit in Isfahan:

Garand Bazzar and Persian Carpet Bazaar

Naghsh-e-Jahan Historical Sq.

Shah Mosque

Ali Qapu Palace

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque

Four Garden St.

ChehelSotun Garden* (40 Columns Garden)

Hasht Behesht Garden*

Historical Bridges


3- Tabriz

Tabriz is the most populated city in northwestern Iran, one of the historical capitals of Iran and the present capital of East Azerbaijan province. It is the sixth most populous city in Iran. Located in the Quru River valley, in Iran’s historic Azerbaijan region between long ridges of volcanic cones in the Sahand and Eynali mountains. With cold winters and temperate summers, Tabriz is considered a summer resort. It was named World Carpet Weaving City by the World Crafts Council in October 2015 and Exemplary Tourist City of 2018 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.


With a population of over 1.73 million (2016), Tabriz is the largest economic hub and metropolitan area in Northwest Iran. The population is overwhelmingly Azerbaijani, though Persian is spoken by residents as a second language. The city is famous for its handicrafts, including hand-woven rugs and jewellery. Local confectionery, chocolate, dried nuts and traditional Tabrizi food are recognised throughout Iran as some of the best. Tabriz is also an academic hub and a site for some of the most prestigious cultural institutes in Northwest Iran.


Tabriz contains many historical monuments, representing Iran’s architectural transition throughout its deep history. Most of Tabriz’s preserved historical sites belong to Ilkhanid, Safavid and Qajar. Among these sites is the grand Bazaar of Tabriz, which is designated a World Heritage Site. From the early modern era, Tabriz was pivotal in the development, movement and economy of its three neighboring regions; namely the Caucasus, Eastern Anatolia and Central Iran. In modern era city played a vital role in the history of Iran. As the country’s closest hub to Europe, many aspects of early modernisation in Iran began in Tabriz. Prior to forced ceding of Iran’s Caucasian territories to Imperial Russia, following two Russo-Persian Wars in the first half of the 19th century, Tabriz was at the forefront of Iranian rule over its Caucasian territories. Until 1925, the city was the traditional residence for the crown princes of the Qajar dynasty.


Where you’ll visit in Tabriz:

Blue mosque

Historic Bazaar of Tabriz

Saat Tower

Tabriz Municipality Palace

Behnam, Ganjeyi, Ghadaki, and Sedghiyan Historic Houses (school of architecture)

Tarbiyat Street

Shah Goli Garden



4- Kandovan Village

Kandovan is a village in Sahand Rural District, in the Central District of Osku County, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. This village exemplifies manmade cliff dwellings which are still inhabited. The troglodyte homes, excavated inside volcanic rocks and tuffs similar to dwellings in the Turkish region of Cappadocia, are locally called “Karaan”. Karaans were cut into the lahars of Mount Sahand. The cone form of the houses is the result of lahar flow consisting of porous round and angular pumice together with other volcanic particles that were positioned in a grey acidic matrix. After the eruption of Sahand these materials were naturally moved and formed the rocks of Kandovan. Around the village the thickness of this formation exceeds 100 m and with time due to water erosion the cone shaped cliffs were formed.


Where you’ll visit in Kandovan Village:

Historic houses


5- Takht-e Soleyman

The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman, in north-western Iran, is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita. The site has important symbolic significance. The designs of the fire temple, the palace and the general layout have strongly influenced the development of Islamic architecture. It has inscribed on World Heritage List on 2003.


Where you’ll visit in Kandovan Village:

Azar Goshnasp Fire Temple

Soleyman Prison Mountain


6- Zanjan

Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in Iranian Azerbaijan. It lies 298 km (185 mi) north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km (78 mi) from the Caspian Sea. At the 2016 census, its population was 521,302 which is the 20th largest city in Iran. The population of Zanjan consists mostly of Iranian Azeris who can also speak the Azerbaijani language. Zanjan is 21733 square kilometers.


Zanjan is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as knives, traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh, a handcraft made with silver wires. Zanjani artists make many things like various decorative dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. In ancient times, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives. But this tradition is gradually becoming extinct by introduction of Chinese-made knives into the market which are far cheaper, more abundant and less artistic. Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers, perhaps Zanjan’s most popular handcraft.


Where you’ll visit in Zanjan:

Rakhtshoykhaneh (Traditional Public Laundry House)

Soltaniyeh Dome


7- Qazvin

Qazvin was a medieval capital of the Safavid dynasty for over forty years (1555-1598) and nowadays is known as the calligraphy capital of Iran. It is famous for its Baghlava, carpet patterns, poets, political newspaper and Pahlavi influence on its accent.


Where you’ll visit in Qazvin:

Historical Houses

Grand Bazar

Caravanserai of Saado Saltaneh

Alighapou Palace Museum

Chehel Sotoun

Tehran Gerand Gate

Ab Anbar


Note: More information will be sending for you after registration.


Tour Itinerary


Accommodation will be in 3-4 star hotels or Historic Guest Houses in Tehran (one night), Isfahan (two nights), Tabriz (one night), Kandovan (one night), Zanjan (one night), and Qazvin (one night)

Totally: 7 days & 7 nights



“Tehran to Isfahan” & “Isfahan to Tabriz” with domestic flights and the rest of the trip with fully equipped tourist bus.



Single room: each person 1250 Euro

Double room: each person 1180 Euro

Note 1: CL Association will cover the following costs:

  • All domestic flights and local transfer costs;
  • Accommodations;
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
  • Historic places’ entrance fees (according to Tour Program);
  • 3 traditional snack.

Note 2: Travelling costs from your country to Tehran and back will be on yourself. You should be present in Tehran at least 12 hours prior to the time tour begins.

Note 3: CL Association will not provide you with travel and medical insurance or any other kind of medical coverage. Therefore, it is necessary that you ensure to have the proper insurance before entering Iran.

Note 4: At the hotel, you are personally responsible for their private expenses, including hotel business center services, telephone calls, laundry/dry cleaning, room service provided by the hotel, spa services, massages, mini bar, and any other services can be requested from the hotel.

Note 5: You are responsible for all expenses before the “First Day” except transfer fee from the IKA Airport to Hotel.

Note 6: You are responsible for all expenses of days after the “Last Day” except transfer fee to the IKA Airport.

Additional Information

  • CL Association will guide and support you about the visa.
  • The language of the tour is English.
  • An English-spoken tour guide are experience, full license guaranteed by Ministry of Tourism, will accompany us on this trip.
  • One of the organizers of the CL Association will accompany us in this trip.
  • Due to the multiple trips and limitation for luggage, please carry your stuff in 40*50*70 suitcases.
  • According to Iranian law, ladies should wear head scarf and gown (According to Iran Dress Codes).
  • Under Iranian law, drinking alcoholic beverages is forbidden.
  • CL Association will inform you about the climate condition of every destination city 10 days prior to the trip.

No Entry Stamp on Passport

“In order to cope with the USA Visa Waiver Program (VWP) empowerment regulations, the Iranian government has approved not to insert entry stamp on passport for tourists who used electronic visa.” So do not worry about traveling to Iran.


Iran’s Safety

Iran is as safe as the UK when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing the risk level around the world. The 2019 Travel Risk Map, launched by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, shows the danger level in each country and territory based on the current threat posed to travellers by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) and violent and petty crime. For more info visit:



To register you must fill in and submit the online registration. After receiving the completed form, we will email you about the payment method. For finalizing the registration you have one week to send us your passport scan and requested information.