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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Davit Gareja: a large monastic complex in Georgia

Davit Gareja monastery, Georgia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

Located in southeastern Georgia on the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. The orthodox monastery of Davit Gareja is a fascinating historical site made up of a monastery built partly in stone (Lavra Monastery) and partly from caves carved into the ...

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Sighnaghi and the Bodbe Convent in Georgia

Bodbe Convent, Sighnaghi, Georgia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

In the eastern end of Georgia near the border with Azerbaijan lies the beautiful town of Sighnaghi. The city lies on a hill about 800 meters above sea level in the center of the Kakheti wine area. From the town ...

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Alaverdi Cathedral: Georgia’s spiritual center

Alaverdi Cathedral, Georgia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

In the eastern region of Georgia known as Kakheti there is a splendid ancient Orthodox cathedral: the Alaverdi Cathedral. This beautiful stone structure rises along the valley of the Alazani river, along the northern bank of one of its tributaries, ...

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Villages of Tusheti in Georgia: Omalo, Dartlo and Shenako

Omalo, Tusheti, Georgia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The beauty of Tusheti, one of the most pristine regions of the Greater Caucasus on the border with Russia, is also due to its isolation which makes it difficult to reach. The only road that reaches this region is passable ...

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Tusheti, Georgia: tower houses, mountains and gorges

Tusheti, Georgia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The Tusheti is a mountainous region of northeastern Georgia. This area of Georgia is among the most isolated in the country. Located in the mountains of the Greater Caucasus, the Tusheti borders the Russian republics of Chechnya (in the north) ...

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Fethiye climate: when to go to Fethiye

The climate of Fethiye is the classic Mediterranean climate, with short mild and rainy winters and long hot and dry summers. The rainiest months are between November and February, while the driest months are between May and September. The amount ...

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Fethiye: a splendid bay dotted with islands

Fethiye (45,000 inhabitants) is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the southern Turkish coast. Located in a beautiful bay dotted with islands, it is located in the Mugla province 140 km east of Marmaris, the ancient name of ...

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Alanya climate: when to go to Alanya

The Alanya climate is the typical Mediterranean climate, characterized by long hot and dry summers and short mild and rainy winters. Most of the rain falls between the end of autumn and winter. The average temperatures are mild, in fact ...

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Alanya: seaside resort between fortifications and beaches

Alanya is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the southern Turkish coast. Located in the Gulf of Antalya in a beautiful location. Surrounded by the Tauern Mountains, which exceed 2.500 meters here. The city is located 135 km ...

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Antalya climate: when to go to Antalya

As for the climate of Antalya, summers are muggy and dry, while the other months are hot and sometimes rainy. On average it does not rain for 310 days in a year, the rainiest months are those between December and ...

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Antalya: one of the most popular destinations in Turkey

Antalya, a city of six hundred thousand inhabitants, is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the southern Turkish coast. The city is located on the sea in a splendid position surrounded by the mountain range of the Tauern ...

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How to get to Turkey. Flights to Turkey

HOW TO GET TO TURKEY: FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS The plane is the best and fastest way to get to Turkey. The main airports are those of Ankara-Esenboga (ESB) and Istanbul-Ataturk (IST). The latter is the new airport of the city ...

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Turkey: telephones, power plugs, documents

Turkey Documents For entry into Turkey, the European citizen can present either a passport or an identity card valid for travel abroad. Children and minors must have their own passport / identity card. Citizens of other countries must present the ...

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Istanbul: meeting point between east and west

Istanbul is the most important city in Turkey. This city is in fact the main economic and cultural pole of the state, as well as being the most populated city in the country and the main tourist destination. Thanks to ...

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The climate of Istanbul: when to go to Istanbul

The city of Istanbul has a type of temperate Mediterranean climate, which however presents some variations of the oceanic climate due to the humidity brought by the presence of the water mass of the Black Sea. The summers in this ...

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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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Tourist attractions of Sri Lanka: what to see in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the ancient Taprobane, known until 1972 with the name of Ceylon is a splendid island nestled in the Indian ocean in south-east India. Island of spices, tea and coffee, but also of other agricultural products such as rice, ...

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The fortress of Sigiriya: the Lion rock

Sigiriya the Lion rock is a natural inselberg rising from the jungle of central Sri Lanka. The caves and cavities of this spectacular rock were used in the third century as a refuge for Buddhist monks. A cobra-shaped rock stretches ...

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