Architecture in Persia has a continuos history of more than 6.000 years, from at least 5.000 B.C to the present, with examples distributed over a vast area in the world (from Syria to North India and the borders of China, from the Caucasus to Zanzibar). Persian buildings vary from peasant huts, tea houses and garden pavilions to some of the most beautiful and majestic structures the world has ever seen.
Monumental persian architecture was primarily religious, in meaning and purpose.
Although the primary tasks and achievements were in the service of religion, architectural activity was not confined to that. Bridges, bazars, caravanserais, fortifications and gardens were built throughout the land, requiring equal skills and imagination than religious monuments and secular palaces.