Dec 15, 2013

Travel Diary Iran 2013 - Day 14 (Country Side)

This the last day of the stay but the we had all the day as the flight was at 3:30 after midnight.
With a couple of friends we went to explore some of the country side. The scenery was beautiful, quiet, and powerful.

This was the last day in Iran for this time and 3:30 after midnight I left Iran from Shiraz International Airport. The full travel route inside Iran was:

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Travel Diary Iran 2013 - Day 13 (Shiraz)

Back in Shiraz and tired of all the trips I decided to stay in there and have a slow pace. I went to the old parts of the town, where my parents lived when they were small children. It looked really old and decayed. It showed that the areas are part of a big city planning project and sooner or later all the buildings there must be demolished and give place for new streets and malls. Nobody knows how long they will stay but here and there you can see big empty plots between houses, like in the mouth of a poor old man, who has lost some teeth without replacing them between other sporadic survived teeth. Really sad. They have been houses that have been sold to the city, demolished to the ground with all rubble carried away. No new houses are allowed to be built there until all houses around can together be used to reform the area.

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Souriha Alley
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Shah Dayee-Allah
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Travel Diary Iran 2013 - Day 12 (Tehran)

I had only half day as I had to fly to Shiraz in the afternoon. I started the day in the Grand Bazar of Tehran, and visited Emam mosque. After that went past Shamsol-emareh Palace again, which is just a few hundred meters from the Bazar entrance. I continued walking a few kilometer, about 30 minutes or so to get to the Sar-dare Baghe Melli and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both historical buildings from early Pahlavi era.
The ministry buiding is a smaller copy of the Apadana Palace in Persepolis and Susa and therefore very interesting.

Emam Mosque,
 Emam mosque in the Tehran Grand Bazar (Masjed-e Shah until the Islamic Revolution)

Shamsol Emareh
Shamsol Emareh Palace from Nasser Khosrow street, part of the Golestan Palace compound from Qajar era.

Sar Dar-e Bagh-e Melli
Sar dar-e Bagh-e Melli (Meydan-e Mashq) from early Pahlavi era by the order of Reza Shah Pahlavi.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a copy of the Apadana Palace of Persepolis and Susa .

Time was now short and I decided to start moving towards the airport, but on my way I decided to stop by the Tehran City Theater, situated in the a Danesh-jou Park, a cultural center with a unique architecture.

Tehran City Theater

The theater is in a very nice park with a cafe there you can drink beverages or get some ice cream in a green harmonious environment. After this visit and the ice cream I had to head to the airport. On my way to the airport I did a last stop at Azadi square, the most famous landmark of Tehran. 
Azadi (former Shahyad)
This was the last I saw in Tehran for this time.

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Dec 5, 2013

Travel Diary Iran 2013 - Day 11 (Tehran)

golestan-wind-catcher-outNext stop Tehran, the capital city of the country. Took the flight from Shiraz to Tehran. A monstrous city with more than 14 million people in its metropolitan area. The city is boiling with high pulse from early morning to hours after midnight. My main target was the Unesco World Heritage Site Golestan Palace, the seat of Qajar kings. Golestan Palace (The Rose Garden Palace) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic Arg (citadel). Golestan Palace Complex consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls. Almost all of this complex was built during 200 years of Qajar kings ruling. These palaces were used for many different occasions such as coronation and other important celebrations.

Marble Throne (Takht-e Marmar), panorama at golestan-takhtmarmar

Wind Catcher Pavilion (Emarat-e Badgir), panorama at golestan-wind-catcher-out

Wind Catcher Pavilion (Emarat-a Badgir), panorama at golestan-wind-catcher

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In the afternoon I visited the Archaeological Museum, a truly amazing museum if you are interested in the history