Turn the historic imagery of the old bazaar into reality by visiting 15th Khordad street in Tehran today. Flashback to those fantasies you heard about traditional middle eastern bazaars. If you are keen to discover the oriental history in motion, then pin 15th Khordad street on your map.
The district surrounding 15th Khordad street used to be the heart of trade before the nineteen fifties. Its original name was Buzarjomehri, named after General Karim Buzarjomehri, who served as Tehran municipal from 1923 to 1933. During Buzarjomehri’s service the streets architectural features, more importantly, its passages were changed. General Buzarjomehri segregated the front of each zone by constructing new routes and allowing coaches to pass easily in between the area.
- 15 Khordad street at a glance
- Geographical position in Tehran: center and south
- known for: Bazaars and historical sites
- Neighboring districts: Pamenar district, Moniriyeh district
- Access to 15 Khordad: Imam Khomeini street, Vahdat-e-eslami street
- Subway station: it is available
- Bus station: it is available
- Furnished apartment price range: middle to low
Where to visit in 15th Khordad district?
History in each step of your visit
Now it’s time to revisit this 10kilometer long street point-to-point because each step of the way you’ll have something new and surprising to discover.
If you walk from South toward West, you’ll see coaches waiting right in front of the 15th Khordad metro station – ready to give you a tour and take you to Golestan palace which is not very far away. Buy a fairly cheap ticket and see the official residence of the Qajar Dynasty.
- See the marble throne of Karim Khani encircled in arches of traditional Iranian tiles.
- Millions of mirrors in Talar e Aineh and Talar e Almas reflect your moment there.
A spot for international souvenirs
After passing the jewellery bazaar you’ll encounter Marvi street on your left. The entrance of Marvi street is filled with all types of chocolate and coffee stores. Coffee and candies from Turkey, Arab Countries, and many other nations are gathered all in one place. It’s a good opportunity to shop according to your own taste.
Explore eastern European architecture on 15th Khordad street
City Courthouse: Stone and marble façade on the City Courthouse structure captures the eye of new visitors in their first glance. Czechoslovak-Iranian company won an auction and they founded the City courthouse in 1936. The construction of the City Courthouse plan by Stanislav Sůva had a four-year pause on its way to being built because of World War II. Qavam os-Saltaneh, 19th prime minister of Iran, finally opened this building in 1946.
Shamsol Emareh: Do you want to see Iranian Architecture opposed to the cooperative approach the City Courthouse took? Dost Ali Khan Moayer Ol Mamalek was the architect and the builder behind these multi-store structure. He approached design with precise symmetry in every detail so that he could build the highest twin towers at the time. Moayer Ol Mamalek used all the elements of Iranian architecture in Shamsol Emareh and gifted the building to Nassereddin Shah.
Ethnographic museum or Abyaz Palace
On your visit to 15th Khordad street, you shouldn’t neglect Abyaz Palace-A, part of the Golestan complex. This is a Museum of Anthropology and right from the start, Nasser ed Din Shah filled it with gifts from Abdul Hamid II of Turkey and other monarchs. From its first precious practicality to today’s exhibition of Iranian folklore culture, feel the combination of mystery and reality for yourself!
Imam Khomeini mosque (shah mosque)
Now to the heart of Persian hand made tiles where you can truly see handcrafted turquoise and pure soft orange in an unbelievable arrangement. Fath-Ali Shah Qajar ordered the construction of Shah Mosque and he marked it as the official start of his reign. You can go around the Grand Bazaar of Tehran and find your way from north routes or the south to this location. Shah Mosque has a welcoming entrance in each of its entrance with Persian fountains in front of you
See the Melli Bank on 15th Khordad street, a sight which many Iranians waited a long time for. By the consistent endeavours of Amināl-Zarb, a major stockholder in Tehran at the time, this organization was founded. It was constructed around 140 years ago. Nowadays this building is still a very active branch and remains as a part of Meli Bank headquarters.
Bazaars on 15th Khordad street
- Shoe Bazaar
- Watch Bazaar
- Kuweiti Bazaar
- Stationery Bazaar
- Smithy Bazaar
- Iran Jewelry Market
- Home Good Stores
- Hajeb Al-Dowleh Market
- Oudlajan Bazaar
Modern Shopping Mall in 15 khordad district
Reza mall: Fashionable clothes and great shopping finds are in a place for you in this modern shopping centre, this mall is relatively new on 15th Khordad Street and was constructed 17 years ago. It was the first modern mall with the aim of selling clothes and accessories in the area – Reza mall will change your mode of exploration and bring you a different excitement to your shopping.
Sharf e Eslami: This restaurant is a part of history and is located near the shah masque. If you ever wanted to try a very delicious Tahchin then this is the place to go. This restaurant was founded in 1317 Shamsi year.
Moslem: Do you fancy various Iranian side dishes? As soon as you enter Moslem restaurant you get to choose your own side dishes coupled with the warm hospitality of the staff. Baghali polo with lamb is one of the specialities of Moslem. Don’t forget to order zereshk polo, a rich and tasty cuisine based on the ancient Iranian recipes.
Shamshiry: Is a more stylish restaurant your first choice? Shamshiry is the one for you! This restaurant was named after Hassan Shamshiry, an affluent man with a creative business mindset. He founded this restaurant more than 100 years ago. Here you can order Kofte Tabrizi and Shami Pook as appetisers – two dishes from two different cities of Iran.
Panzdah Khordad and Imam Khomeini metro stations are the closest public transportation. Either stations puts you in the right place on 15th Khordad street. From there you can visit the sites by coaches or enjoy the walk on the cobblestones of this street.