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IRAN


Location - Middle East; Capital - Tehran; Population - 77 million; Currency - Iran Rial

Coming from Turkey, I headed for Rasht near the Caspian Sea, in 1999. I found the Iranians to be the friendliest, most hospitable people I've ever met

 

irannoteThe Iranian Rial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran1Local shop workers in Rasht pose for a photo

 

50% off second book

 

 

iran2The hills surrounding Ramsar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran3Ramsar is on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the World's largest lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran4Closer to Rasht is the hillside town of Masule, where the slate roofs form the paths for the level above

 

 

iran6Masule, at an altitude of 1050 metres - it's well worth a day trip from Rasht

 

 

iran5Picnicking with the very kind Mogaddam famliy in Masule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran7Tehran's city centre

 

 

iran8The mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, on the outskirts of Tehran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran9The shrine containing Imam Khomeini, Tehran.
He's better known in the west as Ayatollah Khomeini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



iran10The beautiful mosques at Imam Khomeini Square, Esfahan

 

 

iran11The 17th century Imam Mosque, Esfahan

 

 

iran12Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Imam Khomeini Square, Esfahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran13Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran14Blue tiles cover the entrance to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

 

 

iran16 A mural in Esfahan. Khomeini on the left, Khameini on the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran17Chehel Sotun Park, Esfahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran18Atigh Friday Mosque in Shiraz

 

 

iran20The gardens of the Hafez mausoleum, a Persian poet from the 14th century, Shiraz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran21Relaxing in the teahouse of the Hafez Mausoleum gardens, Shiraz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran22The ruins of Persepolis, built around 518 BC under the Achaemenian Empire. This is the Xerxes Gateway

 

 

iran23The Parade of the Nations, Persepolis

 

 

iran24A badgir, or windtower, in the South Eastern city of Bam - they cool homes by channelling breezes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran25The incredible 16th century mud citadel called the Arg-e Bam, Bam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran26Bam's inner citadel - an earthquake hit this area in 2003, and reports say that Bam was 'levelled', though I don't know how accurate these reports are

 

 

iran27The inner citadel of Arg-e Bam, Bam

 

 

iran28Army barracks within the inner citadel, Bam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran29Path to the entrance to Arg-e Bam citadel, Bam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iran30A superb view from the top of the Arg-e Bam. Beyond the mud city are date palms followed by desert, desert and more desert. Bam

 

 

iran30aView from Arg-e Bam, Bam

 

 

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LINKS

www.tourismiran.ir - Iran tourist board

www.irantouronline.com

www.irtat.ir - news and info

 

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