Ardabil is one of the most beautiful and most popular cities in Iran, do to this particular set of attributes it is one of the most sought-after destinations in the northwest of the country. This beautiful and ancient city is full of valuable treasures of history, natural scenery and home-grown folk culture, which is one of the reasons for its popularity among travelers and tourists.
The Seven-eyes Bridge is one of the remaining historical monuments in the city. The bridge was built with seven openings of brick, with arches five and seven, and rock crushers. One of the major materials used in building it was gypsum and lime. The bridge dates back to the Safavid dynasty. The damage caused by the passage of time was eventually repaired in the year 1995. The Seven-eyes Bridge was registered as a national monument in the year 1969.
The ancient Khosrov castle consists of two independent castles and a cemetery. One of the castles can be seen on the top of the sixth mountain, meanwhile, this castle and the sixth mountain itself is located inside the second castle, which is much larger. The cemetery can also be seen in the southern part of the mountain, there are several graves that are scattered around in that particular area. The castle was built with dry stone without the use of any mortar. Archaeologists attributed the construction of the castle to the new bronze period between 1700 and 1450 BC. It is interesting to know that this ancient castle was created in the New Bronze Age, and since then it has endured from 550 BC to 1500 BC.
Shorabil Lake is one of the most beautiful spots in Ardabil. it is located 2 km from the south-east of the city. The name of this lake is Shorabil, which in turn is due to the excessive salinity of the water. The Shorabil Lake goes way back than Lake Urmia in terms of history. Grey Pelicans, Graylag goose, Black Stork,
Common goldeneye Duck, Red-crested pochard, Heron, Coot, Ring-necked Pheasant, Ducks, Eurasian teal and a host of other birds can be found in this particular lake.
At sunset, this natural attraction has a beautiful view that makes visitors wonder and admire its glory. While visiting this part of Ardabil many travelers and tourists resort to capturing and recording this beautiful moment and spectacular views.
42 kilometers south-east of the city of Ardabil is yet another natural tourist attraction known as the “Neur lake”. This beautiful natural phenomenon covers an average area of 257 hectares. In turn, it is named the biggest freshwater lake in Ardabil province.
The presence of a particular fish in this beautiful lake, known as Rainbow trout, is one of the most important reasons for the travel of many tourists and locals to the area. Also, beautiful areas for climbing, as well as cool and pleasant weather are other features which attract passengers.
Other species of animals that live in the area include brown bears, wolves, ducks, Partridge, Lark, quails, golden eagles, hogs, and foxes.
Great Market of Ardabil
“The Great Market of Ardabil”, also known as the “Old Market”, is another old and most popular place in the city, built in the center and on the other side of Imam Khomeini Street.
A particular set of beautiful and valuable architecture has been put to work, with vaulted arches and simple domes, which has created an array of beauty. The great market of Ardabil is a heritage from the era of the Safavid dynasty. The inner space of the market gets its light and brightness with the help of ray of lights that come through the domes.
The various sections or bazaars in this area include; the Qeysarie Bazaar, the main bazaar, the knife maker’s section, Textile’s section, Trajan’s section, goldsmith’s section, shoemaker’s section, copper smith’s section, Pir Abdul Malik’s section, Allan’s section. Unfortunately, a huge part of this area has been lost due to the construction of various streets in the last 50 years.
The Chinese Museum of the Ardabil House consists of four vaults, which have been made from gypsum Muqarnas. In this part of the tomb of Safi al-Din, you can see the impressive decorations did through paintings, gildings, colorful Muqarnas and Islamic designs.
But what makes it significant is its strength during an earthquake as it has been fortified to endure such calamities. The Chinese ceramics donated by the Chinese emperor to Shah Abbas of the Safavid dynasty in 1256 are still on display. The ceramics were brought to Ardabil for the purpose of engraving the inscription “King Abbas’s Possession”. In the Chamber, there is also an exquisite Quran volume that was written in Kofi on deerskin over 1100 years ago, alongside with the stone seal of the Safavid dynasty, silver coins and a set of commandments from the Safavid kings.