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Rey City

Rey city is located in the southeast of Tehran City. Some people believe that Zoroaster was born in this Iranian ancient city.

If it was true, Rey city would be one of the Iranian ancient city. Also, it has different names as Ray, Reyy or Rai during Iran history.

Moreover, it was either located on the Silk Road or used as capital by some kings who had called “Ragha” as well as in Latin was called “Rhagae” during Iran history. The Parthian Empire (Arsacid Empire) called Rey as “Arsacia”.

The city had taken its current name as ‘Rey’ during the dynasty of the Sassanid’s.

This glorious city was one the most important of Zoroastrians cities which mentioned in their AVESTA book as “Ragha” and it is one of Ahuramazda’s particular creations in the world.

Old city of Rey
Old city of Rey

Furthermore, after coming Islam to Iran, Rey city became one of the main city for Muslim especially for SHIA too.

This Iranian ancient city had faced with several wars and it was terminated by foreign invader countries during Iran history.

There are lots of ancient places to visit in Rey city such as Tughrul Tower, Cheshmeh Ali and Rey castle, Hazrat Abdol Azim Hassani Holy Shrine, Naqareh khaneh tower, Iraj castle (Gebri castle), Rey bazzar and Rey Fire Temple (Bahram Fire Temple).

When you want to visit Iran, Tehran will be one of your destination and Rey city as Iranian ancient city is the most historical place in Tehran.

Attractions of Rey city, Tughrul Tower

This monument is belonging to Seljuk era.

Strongly, the first Seljuk’s king Tughrul Beyk had buried here.

The tower high is about 20 meter with 16-meter outer diameter.

It had a dome on the top of the tower but, it was collapsed because of severe earthquake during Iran history. Naser Din Shah Qajar ordered to repair this place on 1884.

Tughrul Tower, Rey. Iran
Tughrul Tower, Rey. Iran

The tower’s design makes it as solar clock and its external surface is divided into 24 faces (each one represent for 24 hours).

Accessibility: Tehran metro line1 (color-coded red) toward Kahrizak and get off on Shahr-e Rey metro station and keep your way to Tughrul Tower by taxi in 15 min.

Open days and hours: All days from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Entrance fee: 150,000 RLS

Tel: +98-21-33746403

 

Attractions of Rey city, Cheshmeh-Ali and Rey Castle

You can reach Cheshmeh-Ali in the north of Ebne Babvaih of Rey city.

Cheshmeh Ali, Rey. Iran
Cheshmeh Ali, Rey. Iran

The dates back to 4000 BC in the Medes Empire on Iran history.

There is a Fath-Ali-Shah (one of the Qajarian king) inscription which is show the image of Fath-Ali-Shah and a few Qajar Princes with them.

Also, there is an ancient Rey castle or defensive wall above inscription, which is located in Cheshmeh-Ali area too. Available wall sections are just about 3 km.

Accessibility: Tehran metro line1- toward Kahrizak and take a taxi from Shahr-e Rey as well as Javan Mard-e-Ghasab metro station to reach your destination in 15 min; also you need 15 min by walking from Tughrul Tower too.

Open days and hours: All days and hours

Entrance fee: Free

Rey city, Hazrat Abdol Azim Hassani SHRINE

Rey is a religious city before and after Islam during Iran history.

Shah Abdol Azim HAssani Holy Shrine, Rey, Iran
Shah Abdol Azim HAssani Holy Shrine, Rey, Iran

It is an especial place for Shia around the world because of Abdol Azim Hassani Holy Shrine.

He was one of the sons of Imam Hassan, second Imam of Shia, son of Imam Ali.

Imam means leader and Imamzade means born of a leader.

Also, there are other tombs such as Imamzadeh Hamzeh (brother of Imam Reza), Imamzadeh Taher (the offspring of Imam Sajad) and Naser Din Shah (one of the Qajar’s king) beside Abdol Azim Hassani.

The point is women tourists have to enter main shrine in different gate rather men gates. Also, there is an obligation that women should keep their Hejab with wearing Islamic veil which will given to them while they arriving to shrine Courtyard.

Accessibility: Tehran metro line1- toward Kahrizak and get off on Shahr-e-Rey metro station then you need 25 min to reach on destination by walking.

Open days and hours: All days and hours.

Entrance fee: Free

Rey city, Naqareh Khaneh Tower

It’s located on the top of Naqareh Khaneh Mountains of Rey city, the tower is a tomb for one of the princes of the Seljuk dynasty.

Naghareh Khaneh Tower, Rey, Iran
Naghareh Khaneh Tower, Rey, Iran

Accessibility: 15 min from Tughrul Tower by taxi, also you can use Tehran metro line 1- toward Kahrizak and get off on Shahr-e Rey metro station then you need 15 min to reach destination via Avini Expr. by taxi.

Open days and hours: All days and hours.

Entrance fee: Free

Rey city, Iraj Castle (Gebri Castle)

The castle is located to the northeast of Varamin city. This monument was made of mud and bricks.

It seems that was used as defense wall or castle during Sassanid era. it is the largest one by its type in the world. The height of wall is about 12 meters.

Iraj Castle, Rey, Iran
Iraj Castle, Rey, Iran

Today only the walls of the castle remain which are made of mud and some of the interior sections can still be seen.

Accessibility: buy rail ticket on Tehran Railway Station for Varamin city and you will reach about 15 min to Varamin railway station by train. the ticket price is 80,000 RLS.

Open days and hours: All days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entrance fee: Free

Rey city, Rey Bazaar

Rey Bazzar is one of the oldest market in Tehran City which is start from Shahr-e Rey main square to Abdol Azim Hassani holy shrine old entrance. It’s a dynamic part of this Iranian ancient city.

Rey Bazzar, Rey, Iran
Rey Bazzar, Rey, Iran

It is a kind of small scale of Tehran Grand Bazaar.

It has lots of religious goods to sell but you can also find some Iranian traditional foods and souvenir there.

Accessibility: Tehran metro line 1- toward Kahrizak and get off on Shahr-e Rey metro station then you will reach to Rey Bazaar about 25 min by walking.

Open days and hours: All days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Entrance fee: Free

Rey City, Rey Fire Temple (Bahram Fire Temple)

Also known as Bahram Fire Temple which is located on the top of Mil hill on the southeast of Rey.

Rey Fire Temple, Rey, Iran
Rey Fire Temple, Rey, Iran

Only the bases of temple remained from the Sassanid era and it has two reverse “U” form that were held huge fire place as foundation during Iran history.

Accessibility: Tehran metro line1- toward Kahrizak and get off on Kahrizak station then take a taxi to temple and reach after about 25 min.

Open days and hours: All days between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Entrance fee: Free

I hope you will find this information useful for your Iran travel guide.

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