Isfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world, and the most beautiful one, no doubt. It flourished under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia. The proverb – Isfahan is half of the world – is saying about its beauty, size and power that this city is still hiding.
One of the many lovely design of Iranian tiles
Magnificent Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, was built from the exquisite gray limestone. The first Persian Empire was found in the VI century BC by Cyrus The Great, great in military strategy, politics and human rights. Darius I or Darius The Great, whose name means “holding firm the good”, was the ruler of the Empire at its peak. He organised his vast empire placing “satraps” to rule the many provinces. Darius was the administrative genius, great constructor and one of the most respected rulers in Persian history.
When Alexander The Great entered Persepolis he stayed there for five months. Surrounded by such beauty, he adopted some elements of Persian dress code, as well as the customs and became “King of Kings.”
The Zoroastrian symbol, Persepolis
Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion. The creator Ahura Mazda is all that is good and Ahriman – Angra Mainyu represents evil, the destructive spirit. Avesta holds the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism.
A lion attacking a bull, frieze, Persepolis
Necropolis Naqsh e Rustam
The tomb of Hafez, the famous Persian poet from XIV century
“The only vision I have is your sight, The only thing I follow is your light.
Everyone finds his response in sleep,
Sleep from my eyes has taken flight.”
The most beautiful women come from Iran
A girl at the market
A portrait of a boy, Yazd, Dualism / behind him is the beautiful Jameh Mosque from XII century
A carper seller at the Grand Bazaar, Tehran – Iran is the place to buy a soft, woolen, good quality rug, at a reasonable price. Your very own Persian carpet to fly you to a place tucked away 🙂
Pure cappuccino pleasure at one of the small cafes in Isfahan, The Roozegar cafe
The Siosepol bridge is, I might say, the most beautiful bridge in Isfahan. The bridge of the 33 arches is one of the eleven bridges and one of the finest examples of the Safavid architecture. The 295m long bridge is lying over the Zayandeh river.
Tea place – the part only for men
Old wooden door, Yazd
Dizzy – traditional Iranian dish with a soft meat and vegetables
In front of the U.S. embassy in Tehran
I loooooved skiing in Iran =) The slopes are amazing!
The temple of Anahita, Bishapur – the goddess of all waters, fertility and wisdom. Anahita is the patron of women, often portrayed as the mother of gods.