Religious Tourism

Nakhl-Gardani: Experiencing Passionate Ashura in Yazd

Madi Jahangir – Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, Iranian prominent writer says in his memoirs: “Yazd is Iran’s museum of mourning tools.” On the corner of the stunning Amir Chakhmaq complex which draws attention of every tourist, stands the 8.5 meters high Nakhl, the Arabic word for palm tree which is used with the same meaning in Farsi. This Nakhl, however, looks more similar to any regular cypress tree which Iran is famous for, often known as the country’s national tree as well.

 The Nakhl in Yazd is a huge structure weighing several tons consisting of interwoven carved woods in the shape of a very large leaf or, as said above, the cypress tree. Traveling through the cities in central desert of Iran, one may see so many of these Nakhls in the corner of the mosques and tekyehs. But the ones in Yazd and Taft, a nearby town, are considered to be the oldest and tallest in Iran, dating back to 450 something years ago and the Safavid dynasty.

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Hamedan Revisited: A Traveling Wife From Brunei

Hamsare Mosafer * – Before leaving for Tehran on the last day of our Hamedan tour, we managed to visit a few more places and historical sites of interest in and around the city. Our first stop in the morning was the Gonbad-e-Alavian or Tomb of Alavian located in the vicinity of Eyn-ol-Qozat Square. It is a four-sided structure 12th century mausoleum dating back to the Seljuk period, containing tombs of two members of the Alavian family which ruled Hamedan for two centuries. Continue reading

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