Shiraz-the “City of Roses and Nightingales”Shiraz epitomizes the spirit of Iran. It is the “House of Poets” and home to numerous serendipitous gardens. Two of Persia’s most famous sons, 13th and 14th c. poets Sa’adi and Hafez, are buried in delightful gardens in the city and are visited by numerous admirers who pay homage to their wisdom and literary genius. Excellent houses and mosques from past centuries along with the 18th century main and nomadic bazaars, add to the charm of the city. 

Saturday, 07 April 2018 15:36

Esfahan- The Pearl of Persia (Part II)

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When Shah Abbas decided at the end the sixteenth ce3ntury to make Esfahan his capital, he started building on what was virtually an open site. The clutter of houses which had now grown up round the Friday mosque and the bazzar were left as they stood; the new city began where the old one left off, again to the south and west, on the site of the present Meydan-e-Emam. The Meydan was planted at a spot where the life of Esfahan as it stood would flow through it; it was to be the meeting place of monarch and citizens.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:59

Esfahan- The Pearl of Persia (Part I)

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The 17th century Safavid capital referred to as “Nesf-e-Jahan” (Half the World) by  the Persians, is where today, the climax of Persian architecture can be witnessed in the serene purity of its grandiose mosques and elegant palaces. The ancient city gained political significance under the mighty Saljuqs in 11th and 12th centuries. The superb congregational Mosque of Esfahan dates mainly from this glorious period, having many earlier parts and later additions, earning it the title “the encyclopedia of Persian Mosque”. The great Safavid monarch, Shah Abbas I, moved his capital to Esfahan in 1598, where he lay out a new city center with a vast central square adorned on each side with a remarkable monument, the majestic Imam and Sheikh Lotf-o-LLah Mosque, the reception and gateway palace of Ali-Qapu, and the Qeisarieh Bazaar.

Friday, 06 December 2013 03:12

Soltaniyeh or Oldjeitu's Mausoleum

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The mausoleum of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12 in the city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols. Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture. The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran. The mausoleum’s interior decoration is also outstanding and scholars such as A.U. Pope have described the building as ‘anticipating the Taj Mahal’.

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