Tag: Iranian / Persian Historical sites

Melancholy at Persepolis

Persepolis, near Shiraz, Iran

“Now you know why Iranians are so proud,” my wife told me after I visited Persepolis today. “This history is why they think they have everything and no one else – the Americans, the Europeans, no one else – compares to them.” I’m tempted to deduce just the opposite, that contemporary Iranians – who don’t..

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Trek to Babak Castle

Babak Castle East Azerbaijan Ali Torkzadeh Com 2645

The vista from Babak Castle – the home of the 9th-century hero who resisted the hated Arab rulers of Iran – is mind-mindbogglingly beautiful. To get to see the view, though, requires plenty of stamina during the arduous two-hour trek up and down two mountains. Bābak Khorramdin is thought of as a combination of Robin Hood, guerrilla fighter and a symbol..

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Imāmzādeh Sāleh Mausoleum

Imāmzādeh Sāleh Mausoleum, Tajrish, Tehran

[photonav url=/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/tajrish_tehran_bazaar_ali.torkzadeh.com-195419.jpg mode=drag360 popup=colorbox animate=left position=right container_width= container_height=200] Imāmzādeh Sāleh (Persian: امامزاده صالح‎‎) is a shrine and mosque in north Tehran, known as the burial place of the brother of Imam Reza. For the foreign tourist, the intricate tile-work outside and the interior mirror-work can be mesmerizing. For me, just sitting in the plaza or..

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Tajrish Bazaar in North Tehran

Tajrish Bazaar, Tehran, Iran

For tourists searching for a quick and free slice of traditional Iran there’s the Tajrish Traditional Bazaar (Bazar-e-Tajrish), in the heart of north Tehran, which is closer to the city’s top hotels than the more famous Grand Bazaar of Tehran in the city’s center. It’s size and variety is only a tiny slice of the..

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