the original homeland of the Persian people
|Isfahan (province) |
|Kerman (province) |
a paradise for palaeontologists
|Semnan (province) |
|Qom (province) |
|Tehran (province) |
Iran's most densely populated region, with Mount Damavand reaching 5,678 m
|Yazd (province) |
situated at an oasis where the deserts Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut meet
- 1 Pasargad — the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire, and home to the Tomb of Cyrus.
- 2 Persepolis — a historical site 60 km north of Shiraz that used to be a ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC.
Two great deserts extend over much of central Iran: the Dasht-e Lut is covered largely with sand and rocks, and the Dasht-e Kavir is covered mainly with salt. Both deserts are inhospitable and virtually uninhabited. The city of Yazd is in an oasis between the two.