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Persepolis: the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire

Gate of all Nations. Ruins of the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid Empire), Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Persepolis is the most spectacular archaeological site in Iran. This ancient city is located in southern Iran near the city of Marvdasht. About 60 kilometers north of the city of Shiraz. The city is above all an example of the ...

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Tourist attractions of Iran: what to see in Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Iran from a tourist point of view is probably the most interesting country in the Middle East area. A trip to Iran is a fantastic journey through pre-Islamic and Islamic history, culture, art and architecture. In Iran there are some ...

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Iranian cuisine: the cuisine of ancient Persia

Typical Persian dinner. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

A varied cuisine that well represents the peoples inhabiting ancient Persia Iranian cuisine is very varied and its diversity reflects the variety of populations that inhabit the country. Iran is in fact inhabited by a large variety of ethnic groups: ...

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Jameh Mosque of Isfahan (Isfahan Friday Mosque)

Friday Mosque (Jāmeh Mosque), Isfahan, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

The Jameh Mosque of Isfahan or Friday Mosque is a building in the historic center of the city. Located just over a kilometer north-east of the wonderful Naqsh-e jahàn square. This mosque, which covers an area of over 20,000 square ...

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Meybod: a city at the gates of the Iranian desert

Narin Qal'eh fortress, Meybod, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini ,.

In the province of Yazd and about 50 km north-west of Yazd itself, almost in the center of Iran where the two most important deserts of the country meet – the Dasht-e Kavir and the Dasht-e Lut, about 1,000 meters ...

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Rayen: a fortified town at the gates of the desert

Remains of buildings, Rayen, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

In the province of Kerman are some of the most beautiful fortified towns in Iran. These suggestive outposts at the gates of the Dasht-e Lut desert were merchant centers located along important commercial routes, where precious goods and quality fabrics ...

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Naqsh-e Rajab: four bas-reliefs from the Sassanid era

Naqsh-e Rajab, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Naqsh-e Rajab is a small suggestive archaeological site located a few kilometers north of the spectacular imperial city of Persepolis and less than a kilometer south of the site of Naqsh-e Rostam, where the tombs carved into the rock of ...

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Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran in Tehran

Glass objects, Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

In the vicinity of the Archaeological Museum of Tehran (National Museum of Iran) there is a small museum dedicated to glass and ceramics: the Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran (also known as the Abgineh Museum). It is an interesting ...

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The Carpet Museum of Iran in Tehran

Detail of a carpet, Carpet Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The art of carpet weaving is undoubtedly one of the best known works of Iranian craftsmanship and art. This type of art has been practiced in Iran since the Bronze Age. In fact, according to the most recent studies, the ...

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Kashan: Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse

Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, Kashan, Iran. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini.

In Muslim ritual “hammam” (term that derives from the Arabic language) is the thermal complex in which Muslims perform the two washes of Islamic rituals. The “ghusl”, or full ablution, and the “wudu ‘”, or partial ablution. Both of these ...

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Pasargadae: the first capital of the Persian empire

Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The city of Pasargadae is located in the current province of Fars in southwestern Iran, about 80 km north-east of Persepolis and about 130 km north-east of Shiraz. Founded by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC Pasargadae became ...

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The climate of Iran: when to go to Iran ?

Iran because of its extension and its geographical conformation is a country with a very varied climate. In the country, an arid climate typical of the steppe predominates, which on the Iranian plateau has a marked continental character. The climate ...

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Isfahan square: Naqsh-e jahàn square

Naqsh-e jahān square, Isfahan, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini,

Naqsh-e jahàn square (Meidān Naqsh-e jahān) today also known as Imam square (Meidān-e Emām) and in the past as Shah square (Meidān-e Shāh) is the most beautiful square in Isfahan in Iran. Its original name “Meidān Naqsh-e jahān” means “Square ...

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Naqsh-e Rostam: the rock tombs of the Kings of Kings

The tombs of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, and Darius I, Naqsh-e Rostam, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Naqsh-e Rostam is one of Iran’s most important archaeological sites. It contains monuments erected by the kings of the Achaemenid and Sassanid dynasties during a period of time between 500 BC. and the 4th century AD. The site, located just ...

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Live the Diversity in Iran: Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kashan

Detail of a carpet, Carpet Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Live the Diversity in Iran is Written by Farzad Mohammadi About Iran Iran, also known as Persia officially the Islamic Republic of Iran in is the second largest country in the Middle East. Iran is known as one of the ...

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Iran: ancient Persia, the cradle of ancient civilizations

Iran (Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Irān) is an Islamic republic of Central Asia with the capital Tehran. The country is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to the north, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east. Finally, ...

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