The Oldest Café Confectionaries in Tehran

Firouzeh Mirrazavi * – Old buildings, palaces, as well as monumental streets or museum objects are not the sole articles in a country’s history which can make up the nation’s cultural heritage. Café confectionaries are also among the places that make up the “sweet” heritage of every country. The history of confectionery business in Iran has not been well documented. However, before modern confectionaries became popular in Tehran, it was café confectionaries which attracted people in the capital. Continue reading

Persepolis in Iran: the Value of Long-term Records

Thomas Pagano * – With Jafar Nazemosadat as the host, my next stop after Tehran was to give a lecture at the University of Shiraz College of Agriculture about river forecasting. After the talk Jafar, Kitty and I drove out to see Persepolis. From about 550-330 BC, Persepolis was the capital of the Persian Empire. This was an empire that extended from Libya to India and is the greatest empire that ever existed in terms of percent of population of the world (44%) being ruled. Continue reading

Shah Cheragh Mausoleum: The Mirrored Mosque of Shiraz

Thomas Pagano* –  On leaving the [Shiraz] Bazaar, I saw the largest dome I had ever seen on a mosque. I asked “What is that?”

 – “You don’t know? Oh, that is definitely a must-see.”

This was the Shah Cheragh, a name that translates into “King of the Light”. It contains tombs of important figures in Shia Islam. Various places of prayer surround an immense courtyard.  Continue reading

Iran’s Wonders: The World Records in Tourism Attractions

‘The most…’ has been always an enticing description to human beings. This description is the main reason which has made a lot of tourists and travelers put Iran on their itinerary. Being described by “the most” is so attractive that many people are trying to make their country be known by it in various ways. For example, a tower is built at a point in the world to be the tallest tower in the world in order to become renowned as such and attract many tourists. Continue reading

On The Rooftops Of Masouleh: A Town In The Mist

Madi Jahangir * – On the wooden balcony and behind the geraniums, the old man was watching the people walking over the courtyard of his house. Noise of vehicles was far away, because no motor vehicle was allowed in. I knew this. I’ve been to the city once many years ago when I was a child. I do not have a clear picture of what I had seen that time though. It was not very known touristic place that time and we had traveled there after a flood which had left the place quite muddy. I had not stepped in there until recently when I decided to show my home-province to my Tajik friend. Continue reading

Moghadam Museum in Tehran: The Most Valuable House in the World

The turmoil of Imam Khomeini and Hassan Abad Squares is so incredible that seldom one would notice the door of a unique museum in Sheikh Hadi Street. According to Mehr News agency, Moqadam Museum is located right amidst all this commotion. Yet, as soon as you put your foot into the entrance vestibule -hashti -of the house, you immediately leave the everyday mechanical life behind. The walls do not allow all this commotion to enter the private enclosure of this house now called the most valuable house of the world. Continue reading

The Most Beautiful Mosques in Iran: Part1

Dignified, magnificent and impressive. The arches, tilework mosaics and the very round domes are the post Islamic method of building structures in Iran. However, Iranian architecture has a history from at least 5000 BC to the present which significiently inspired the architecture in Insia, Turkey and Tajikistan to Zanzibar: “The supreme Iranian art, in the proper meaning of the word, has always been its architecture. The supremacy of architecture applies to both pre-and post-Islamic periods.” Says Arthur Pope, a pioneering American expert on Iranian art. Continue reading

Iranian Governments: All the women in the cabinets

Madi Jahangir – “The appointment is a good step in battling the discrimination felt by Iranian women in the workplace” said Shahla Ezazi, a sociologist in Tehran while President Rouhani named law professor Elham Aminzadeh to the influential position of Vice President of the legal affairs. Rouhani cited her abilities, experience and moral merits as the reasons for the appointment.  Continue reading

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