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Khalid Nabi Cemetery, the cemetery of the prophet Khaled is a cemetery near the border with Torkmenistan, roughly 64 km northeast of Gonbad-e Kavous, in the Gokcheh Dagh hills of Turkmen Sahra. It is mainly situated on a mountain ridge about 1 km distance from the mausoleum called “Khaled Nabi” who according to oral tradition of the Yomut Turkomans was a pre- Islamic prophet (payghambar) and whose mausoleum is visited by them for pilgrimage together with the neighbouring one of Ata Chofun (“father shepherd”), his son-in-law. Stronach noted two types of gravestones on the site. In both he saw “highly stylized representations of people.” In popular media the stones are often described as examples of phallic architecture and a major tourist attraction. Touristic visitors often have perceived the cylindrical shafts with the thicker top as depictions of male phalli. This gave rise to popular guesses about preislamic fertility cults as background to such perceived depictions. Consequently the rounded type 2 stones were attributed to female forms and graves. The cemetery according to legend contains stones of people who were cursed by god for their sins and belonged to people who believed in fetishism centuries ago. The cemetery is now a national heritage site protected by the Iranian government. #cemetery #iran #persintravel #history #gonbadekavous
Babak Fort or Castle, is a large citadel and National Symbol of Iranians on the top of a mountain in the Arasbaran forests, which is located 6 km southwest of Kaleibar City in northwestern Iran. It has been identified as the stronghold of Pāpak Khorramdin, the leader of the Khurramites in Azerbaijan who fought the Islamic caliphate of Abbassids. The ascent to the Castle is not for the infirm, elderly, or those afraid of heights. A series on long, and in places, broken steps lead the traveler to the top of a hill from where there are several choices for further ascent. You will need hiking boots, a sun hat, plenty of water, and at least 3 hours for the climb, and 2 hours for the descent. Once you have climbed the pinnacle of the cliff, you will truly appreciate the amazing effort in building and maintaining a fort at this altitude. Unfortunately, you will also have to tolerate the graffiti on the ancient walls, and young people playing chicken on top of the Castle walls. Under no circumstances should you even consider climbing these walls: First, this can damage the ancient structure, and second, a fall of several thousands of meters would lead to certain death Nevertheless, the experience afterward is well worth the strenuous climb: The surrounding Arasbaran oak forest, jagged cliffs, mountains in the distance, and the history of the place combine to create one of Iran’s most beautiful vistas. The castle, built on 2300-2600 meter heights, surrounded by gorges as deep as 400 to 600 meters, is believed to belong to the Parthian dynasty and modified under the Sasanid dynasty. #kaleybar #iran #history #castlebabak #beautiful  #wonderful #persintravel
Badab-e Surt springs in Mazandaran are two springs with waters completely different from the point of view of color, odor, taste and volume. The first spring which has ample water has very briny water and a deep pond with 15 m diameter. The second spring, above the first spring and at north, has soar water with red and orange colo r. The mineral sediments driven out from these two spring during the course of years have been accumulated at lower elevations of the mountain and have created hundreds of deposits and dozens of lovely ponds in orange, yellow and red colors. These deposited minerals and ponds are in fact rare and attractive scenes around Badabsoort springs. The beauty of these deposits and the natural position of the springs in the mountainside and the surrounding landscapes are very charming especially during sunset. The springs are located at an elevation of 1840 m from sea level and are unrivaled in beauty in the country Only Pamookaleh Spring in Turkey resembles Badabsoort Springs in beauty. The area above the springs is covered by barberry and coniferous jungles. #badabesurt #mazandaran #iran #nature #beautiful #placestovisit #mustsee #persintravel #roadtrip
Naghshe Rostam The ancient complex of Naghshe Rostam is one of stone-works and sculpture masterpieces from Elamites, Achaemenids,and Sasanid era. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C. #naghsherostam #shiraz #history #iran #persintravel #unesco
Hassan Abad Square, was built in the period of Naser Al-Din Shahe Qajar. He named this square Hassan Abad after his son Mirza Hassan Mostovfi-al-Mamalek. Hassan Abad square was in the northwest of Tehran at that time. Four separate buildings were erected round this square from 1923 to 1933. This square was repaired and reconstructed in 2000  #tehran #capitalcity #iran #architecture #urbanisme #persintravel
Azadi Tower -Tehran A glorious tower which is the remainder of history of Iran and a symbol of Islamic revolution. It was erected in 1971 in the west of Tehran. This 50 meters high tower sits on a 400 meters square ground. Its design is a combination of Sasanid and Islamic period. Inside the tower, presently called Azadi cultural complex, there are several exhibitions for artworks, a library, a museum, and a cinema. The structure is of reinforced concrete covered with thick pieces of stones, as thick as 40 cm. these stones are used as the permanent frames of the concrete. 
#azaditower #tehran #lightarts #Persintravel #Iran
Arg-e Bam or Bam Citadel is the biggest adobe building in the world, built about 2200 years ago. The citadel is located northeast of Bam city over Tappeh Azarin. It consists of 39 watchtowers and a giant moat and parapet which protected the citadel for centuries. Bam Citadel covers an area of 20 hectares. The main building material is made of unbaked brick and clay. One enters the citadel through its main gate which used to be a market in the past. Besides, one can see the remains of a Sassanid fire temple, a wrestling house, a public bath, barracks, jail and a palace in the Citadel. The houses are closely connected to each other and some are double story buildings. The wrestling house (zoorkhaneh) is made of four porticos, a dome and a pit. During the Islamic Period two mosques and a Hosseiniyeh was built in the Citadel. The governor’s house is the most important part of Arg-e Bam. It consists of a palace and the governor’s residence. The palace is made of three stories and was the seat of the government. Potable water in the houses was supplied through wells. Arg-e Bam which has been registered by UNESCO as a world heritage, was badly devastated by a severe earthquake in 2003. #argébam #bam #unbakedbrick #citadel #unesco #iran #Persintravel #roadtrip#roadtrip #history
Iran is een regio waar vier plantkundige zones van het noordelijk halfrond samenkomen. Het resultaat daarvan is een enorme diversiteit aan planten. Iran kent meer dan 7500 verschillende soorten. Het meest voorkomend is evenwel de steppe vegetatie rondom en tussen de bergen en de woestijnsteppe. In het Noordwesten en het Oosten van Iran komen ook op uitgebreide schaal half open bosgebieden voor, waar eik, wilde pistache en wilde amandelbomen domineren. Rondom de Kaspische Zee vinden we een gematigde tot subtropische bosvegetatie met loofbomen. Bijzonder is bijvoorbeeld het voorkomen van de Parrotia persica (Perzisch ijzerhout) aan de voet van het Alborz gebergte. Het is de enige plek ter wereld waar deze bijzonder fraaie boom te vinden is. Net als elders in de wereld rukken ook in Iran de steden steeds verder op ten koste van de natuur. Het stedelijk landschap vormt zo vanaf de weg en vanuit de lucht een niet meer weg te denken onderdeel van Iran. Maar ach… Iran is zo enorm groot. Vooral in de woestijnachtige gebieden en de bergachtige streken in Centraal Iran en in het Zuidoosten van het land zijn nog enorme uitgestrekte vlakten, die nog nauwelijks door de mens beroerd zijn. #parrotiapersica #landscape #nature #iran #Persintravel
In de middeleeuwen zijn in de hele Islamitische wereld prachtige moskeeěn gebouwd die vaak versierd zijn met mozaïeken. De mooiste mozaïeken zijn te vinden in Iran, tegenwoordig een onbekend en daardoor onbemind land. Mozaïeken werden gebruikt als vlakvulling en ook op koepels en andere driedimensionale structuren. Behalve puur meetkundige vormen werden ook gestileerde plant- motieven gebruikt (ranken, bloemen, enzovoort) en soms godsdienstige teksten of gedichten. De mozaïeken zijn in prachtige kleuren uitgevoerd met de nadruk op blauw, dat een verkoelend effect heeft in het hete klimaat. De ontwerpers en de makers van deze mozaïeken moeten een behoorlijke wiskundige kennis gehad hebben. #Isfahan #mozaïek #Iran #colorful #beautiful #persintravel #mosque
Zoals bij de meeste rotsreliefs ligt ook die van Taq-e Bostan bij Kermanshah in de buurt van water. Voor de rots langs stroomt het hele jaar door een lieflijk beekje.  #taq-e-Bustan #kermanshah #sjahKhusro #Ahuramazda
Isfahan, de stad van pleinen, minaretten en koepels #architectuur #Isfahan #roadtrip #mosque #Iran #roadtrip
Iran is bekend met zijn eigentijdse architectuur. Het is een feest om hoog tegen de onderkant van de koepels te kijken. #iran #architectuur #roadtrip #artworks #persintravel