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Is it permitted to take photos of historical sites and people?

Rules on photography depends on the place. Many mosques will allow photography inside and outside. Some museums will not allow photography inside but will outside.

A tourist takes photos while visiting Golestan Palace in Tehran
A tourist takes photos while visiting Golestan Palace in Tehran

Generally, if it is not permitted, a sign will indicate. Restrictions are placed on photography of government and military buildings.

Iran, Fars Province, Persepolis, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Gate of all nations through which entered the delegations, bull androcephale winged, tourists groups - SURFIRAN
Iran, Fars Province, Persepolis, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Gate of all nations through which entered the delegations, bull and rocephale winged, tourists groups
PERSEPOLIS, UNESCO World Heritage site
PERSEPOLIS, UNESCO World Heritage site
Masouleh, Village On the Rooftops, UNESCO Historical Heritage Site
Masouleh, Village On the Rooftops, UNESCO Historical Heritage Site

For people, when taking photos of specific people, it is always better to ask for permission. Often this will led to a positive response, many Iranians like to pose for photos.

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