Tehran is the capital of Iran. With its nine million inhabitants, it is the largest city in the entire country. There are about twice as many people living in the whole area.
The city is located in the north of the country, at the foot of a mountain range called Elburs. The north of the city is higher than the south, so it is a little cooler in the north. Nevertheless, in July it gets hot over thirty degrees Celsius, and there is little rain.
Tehran or Tehran is the capital of Iran, and only for about 220 years. Only Agha Mohammad Khan, founder of the Khadjar dynasty, made it the capital around 1796. It is believed that by then, as a provincial city, Tehran had only about 15,000 inhabitants. In the course of thousands of years of history, there had been several capitals of the empires of that time, some of which we see today as smaller cities, such as Rey, very close to Tehran, Sari and Ghazwin, all close to Tehran. Other cities are more familiar to us, such as e.g. Isfahan, Shiraz, or Pasargade and Persepolis, if we look far back.
Tehran, and one should perhaps think better of the area of Tehran, today has between 12 and 14 million inhabitants, that is, about 20 percent of the country’s people in the metropolitan area. You have to imagine that. At the end of the 60s, there were still about 4.5 million. Keraj, only about 40 kilometers from Tehran, used to be a relatively small village surrounded by greenery . Those who could afford it had their summer residence there in order to escape the big city. Today, Keraj is the fifth largest city in Iran with about 1 million inhabitants. Car traffic has no equal in the world. One can hardly imagine that one can reach one’s goal safely in this mess, but it worked, albeit according to Tehran customs, which must first become clear to one. Who is in the front has right of way is one rule, another: pedestrians are generally spared. Tehran has a well-developed road network and over 600 km of city highways, not always without intersections, but sometimes 6- and 8-lane. Crossing wide streets as a pedestrian is always a test of courage, but you can learn it, accident-free.
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