Tabriz, in the northwest of Iran, lies in a valley surrounded by hills on three sides. Tabriz has milder summers than cities further east, though its winters can be quite cold. It is an ancient city with a history going back about 4,500 years.
Tabriz, located on the main route of the Silk Road, used to be the center for trading in the ancient time and has one of the largest covered bazaars in the world which has been registered as the first bazaar among the World Heritage Sites.
Tabriz has been the capital city of Iran over different periods. This sprawling city, rich in Azeri culture, with its famous carpets, teahouse, traditional bathhouses, love of music and excellent transport links, makes a perfect introduction to Iran. The city also boasts its eloquent poets, epics and unforgettable national heroes as well as great food and tasty traditional sweets.
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Tabriz is the sixth-most-populous Iranian city by population (1,558,693).
Located in the Quru River valley, in Iran’s historic Azerbaijan region, between long ridges of volcanic cones in the Sahand and Eynali mountains, Tabriz’s elevation ranges between 1,350 and 1,600 metres (4,430 and 5,250 ft) above sea level. The valley opens up into a plain that gently slopes down to the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, 60 kilometres (37 miles) to the west.
With cold winters and temperate summers, Tabriz is considered a summer resort.
It was named World Carpet Weaving City by the World Crafts Council