Persia at a Glance

For the last 2600 years, up to the year 1935, following a naming convention that was started by the ancient Greeks, in all Western languages today’s Iran was known as “Persia”, a word that was different from the word used in Persian, which was always “Iran”.

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  • Persepolis, Day
    Persepolis (or Takht-e-Jamshid) located in northeast of Shiraz city, belongs to Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE) and was built by Darius I. Grandeur and glory of this ancient city is evident in its mythological capitals, grand palaces, the gate of nations and eastern stairways. Persepolis was one of the most important cities of Persian Empire until it was burnt down in 330 BC when Alexander the Great invaded Persia.
  • Mazichal
    Mazichal, Iran
  • Ceiling of Borujerdiha house, Kashan
  • Private palace of Cyrus, Pasargadae
    Pasargadae, the capital of Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great, is located in 130 km distance from Shiraz city on its northeast. Cyrus the Great issued its construction (529–550 BC) after his victory over Astyages the last king of the Median Empire. This complex is well known for its most famous monument, the tomb of Cyrus, but it also includes the prison of Solomon, Pasargadae Palace and citadel.
  • Kaboud Val Falls
    Kaboud Val Falls, Golestan Province, IranThe largest full-moss waterfall in Iran. Its height is about six meters and its water is cool and potable
  • Shahyad( Azadi) Tower
    Azadi tower (or Borj-e-Azadi), formerly known as Shahyad tower, is a current era monument built during the second Pahlavi reign. This tower has since become the main icon of capital city Tehran and remained so even after the Milad tower was built in 2009.Following queen Farah Pahlavi’s decision, this tower was designed and built by Hossein Amanat in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.
  • Kashan, Sultan Amir Ahmad bath
    Soltan Amir Ahmad Bath is located in the city of Kashan. This bath dates back to Seljuk era, and some sections are attributed to Qajar era as well. Of note about this monument are the astonishing molding ornaments and the application of a thick plaster made with lime and mortar..
  • Fire Temple of Yazd
  • Jeryan Lake
    A view of Shirvan Dare si and Jeyran Goli "Jeyran Lake" which are located in sidehill of Mt.Sabalan. Using ND and GND filters helped me to capture motion of clouds over the lake.Locatin: Meshgin Shahr, Iran
  • Vank church, Isfahan
    Vank Cathedral, a cathedral in Isafan city, Jolfa district, was built during Safavid dynasty by Armenians who were resettled in Isfahan following Shah Abbas II’s order. This cathedral is ornamented by various forms of art from which the most significant ones are the delicate blue and gilded paintings on the ceiling and central dome depicting the Biblical story of creation of the world. The paintings on the wall are inspired by Italian paintings. The church is still used by Armenians of Isfahan in current day and is open for visits as well.
  • Nasir al-Mulk mosque
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses.In fall and winter seasons when sunlight shines through the colorful glasses, it presents as exemplary beauty to the interior of the bedchamber, making this mosque outstandingly aesthetical among other mosques of Iran. The tiling and paintings of the bedchambers are of exceptional beauty as well.
  • Ghare Kelisa- near Urmia, west Azerbayjan
    St. Thaddeus Monastery is located in North West of Iran, near the city of Makoo. It is also known as Black Monastery due to the application of black stones for the building. This monument dates back to the early years of Christianity, and is built over the tomb of St. Thaddeus –one of the early messengers of Christianity. This place is recognized as the first cathedral of Christianity, however, it has still retained its status as a monastery. As of today, in the mid-summer on the anniversary of St. Thaddeus murder, Armenian people come to this place from all over the world for religious rituals.
  • Kiasar nature, northern Iran
  • Dolat abad Garden, Yazd
    Dolat Abad Garden in Yazd was built in 18th century during the Afshari era, and similar to other Iranian houses, has two inward and outward sections. The outward part includes gardens and beautiful spaces which can be noticed on the entrance way. The existence of inward sections in Iranian houses represents a concept in Iranian architecture which provides a privacy for the family as opposed to the outward which is more exposed.
  • Maranjab desert, Kashan
    This place is located near kashan, Iran. Salt lake or salt desert is actually a dry lake; it is located beside maranjab desert. In rare cases if there is a heavy rain or snow the water will stay on it's dry surface for several days.
  • Alangdare Forest
    Alangdare Forest, Golestan province, Iran
  • Alangdare Forest
    Alangdare Forest, Golestan province, Iran
  • Asalem
    Photo by: @safatajphoto
  • Tabatabaiha Interior 2
    Tabātabāei House is a historic house located in Kashan city and was built during Qajar dynasty by one of the famous merchants from Kashan. This house has several sections, each of those ornamented differently and uniquely by using various types of art and architecture such as stuccos and stained glasses.
  • Persepolis night
    Persepolis (or Takht-e-Jamshid) located in northeast of Shiraz city, belongs to Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE) and was built by Darius I. Grandeur and glory of this ancient city is evident in its mythological capitals, grand palaces, the gate of nations and eastern stairways. Persepolis was one of the most important cities of Persian Empire until it was burnt down in 330 BC when Alexander the Great invaded Persia.
  • Ceiling of Vank church, Isfahan
  • Ceiling, Golestan palace, Tehran
    Emarat-e-Badgir (Windward Edifice) is one of the buildings in the Golestan Palace complex in Tehran, which dates back to Qajar era. This edifice has been the location for coronation of Mozaffar-e-Din Shah of Qajar.The building retains a windward on the top which clarifies the title. The exclusive ornaments of this building such as the glasses, the mirrors, and tall columns are of exceptional beauty.
  • Kish island, southern Iran( the great pier)
  • Resalat Tunnel
    Resalat Tunnel is a 950 m road tunnel, built from 1997 to 2006. It connects the east side of the city to the west.Locatin: Tehtan, Iran .
  • Ceiling of Aliqapu, Isfahan
    Aliqapu, meaning grand doorway in Azeri language, is the name of a palace located in western edge of Naghsh-e-jahan square in Isfahan city, built during Shaah Abbas I of Safavid.There is a hall in the last floor of this 6 floor palace called “the music hall”. This hall takes its name for the peculiar Stucco shaped as porcelain jars in its ceiling which produces a strong echo and reflection of sounds in the hall resulting in a louder music in the palace.
  • Fin garden, Kashan
  • Carpet Repair Workshop
    Carpet industry is one of the oldest and most important industries in our country.Persian Carpets are famous all around the world because of having high quality and accuracy in details and for it's unique designs and maps.This photo is taken in a carpet repair workshop in shiraz.I tried to capture the spirit of life which exists in this workshop and in it's workers just like every carpet has this spirit which is brought here to be repaired
  • Arg of Karimkhani, Shiraz
    The Karim Khan castle (or Arg-e- Karim khan) is a monument located in the center of Shiraz city, dating back to Zand dynasty. This structures consists of several different parts such as rooms, chambers and baths. The walls of this citadel are decorated with beautiful paintings and miniatures all around and the crenellated walls resemble the ancient Persian architecture.
  • House of poems, Shiraz
    This photo is taken in shiraz,city of great poets and great poems.this is mentioned because it is a photo of a place where everyone writes a poem and hangs it on the wall.it can be whether your own poem or your favorite one.When you enter here,it's interesting that you can read different poems with different handwritings and also this is a place for drinking tea and smoking Hookah
  • Badab-e surt
    One of the best places on earth to observe milkyway over unique springs is Badab-e surt.Badab-e Surt's springs are two distinct mineral springs with different natural characteristics that has been created over thousands of years. It's the Second Bigest salty spring in the world after Pamukkale in Turkey.Location: Sari ,Mazandaran province, Iran
  • Vakil bath
    Vakil bath is located on the west of Vakil mosque in city of Shiraz and belongs to Zand dynasty. This building was not used only for bathing but it also served as a place for social activities where people could gather around its Howz, which is a centrally positioned symmetrical axis pool in Iranian architecture.The amazing symmetry in the architecture and use of limestone for its embellishments make this bath one of a kind.
  • Kordasht bath-Jolfa
  • Headerglance
  • Tabatabaiha house, Kashan (2)
  • Maranjab Salt lake and night sky, Kashan
    Panoramic view showing the sky over maranjab salt lake and winter Constellations and their reflections. This place is located near kashan, Iran. Salt lake or salt desert is actually a dry lake; it is located beside maranjab desert. In rare cases if there is a heavy rain or snow the water will stay on it's dry surface for several days.
  • Badab e Soort night Panorama, Mazandaran , Iran
    Badab Soort Springs,is a unique natural spring located in north of iran.It has beautiful colorful stairs and there is sulfur and salts in it's water.It has Reflection of the sky and that adds to it's charm and beauty.
  • Resalat Tunnel
    Resalat Tunnel is a 950 m road tunnel, built from 1997 to 2006. It connects the east side of the city to the west.Locatin: Tehtan, Iran .
  • lake Urmia
    Very beautiful salt lake between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan in Iran.Unfortunetly Iran’s most famous lake is disappearing. It has shrunk by nearly 90% within 40 years.
  • Room of windcatchers, Golestan palace, Tehran
    Emarat-e-Badgir (Windward Edifice) is one of the buildings in the Golestan Palace complex in Tehran, which dates back to Qajar era. This edifice has been the location for coronation of Mozaffar-e-Din Shah of Qajar.The building retains a windward on the top which clarifies the title. The exclusive ornaments of this building such as the glasses, the mirrors, and tall columns are of exceptional beauty.
  • Milky way over Jeyran Lake
    Shirvan Dare Si under a clear night sky in sidehill of Mt.Sabalan.A remote location with minor light pollution made it ideal for a wide-field astro photography shooting. Locatin: Meshgin Shahr, Iran
  • z- Bafgh Desert, Yazd
    This photo is taken on a regular day in one of iran's deserts and shows what a desert suppose to look like : Dry and hot weather while sands are shining under the sunlight
  • Chehel Sotoun
  • Mazichal
    Mazichal, Iran
  • Sheikh-moosa - Northern Iran
  • Palace of Tachara, persepolis
    Persepolis (or Takht-e-Jamshid) located in northeast of Shiraz city, belongs to Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE) and was built by Darius I. Grandeur and glory of this ancient city is evident in its mythological capitals, grand palaces, the gate of nations and eastern stairways. Persepolis was one of the most important cities of Persian Empire until it was burnt down in 330 BC when Alexander the Great invaded Persia.
  • Tomb of Cyrus the Great
    The tomb of Cyrus the Great:Cyrus has issued the construction of this monument along with Pasargadae. This tomb consists of a chamber with sloping roof built on seven stone benches. In 336 BC when Alexander the Great invaded Persia, Pasargadae was destroyed and the entire treasury of the palaces and tomb of Cyrus was looted.
  • Ceiling vakil-bath-ceiling
  • Si o Seh Pol, Isfahan
    33pol(si-o she Pol ,33 Bridges) or Allah-Verdi-Khaan Bridge is located in Isfahan At Zayandeh Rood River and built in Safavid Period by Shah Abbas I. Actually ,it haven't 33 span, but its reflects in water create 33 Span and its name got from this Idea. People walking alongside this bridge and exist some places for sitting and enjoying from This beautiful view
  • Bishe Waterfall
    Bishe Waterfall, Lorestan province
  • Columns, Carpets , Colors and the Light
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses.In fall and winter seasons when sunlight shines through the colorful glasses, it presents as exemplary beauty to the interior of the bedchamber, making this mosque outstandingly aesthetical among other mosques of Iran. The tiling and paintings of the bedchambers are of exceptional beauty as well.
  • Shahyad( Azadi) tower
    Azadi tower (or Borj-e-Azadi), formerly known as Shahyad tower, is a current era monument built during the second Pahlavi reign. This tower has since become the main icon of capital city Tehran and remained so even after the Milad tower was built in 2009.Following queen Farah Pahlavi’s decision, this tower was designed and built by Hossein Amanat in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.
  • Emamzadeh Hasan
  • Shahdad Kalouts
    Shahdad Kalouts, Kerman Province, IranKalouts are special natural made walls and towers stiking out the desert. The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70.7°C (159°F), and it is one of the world's driest places. Fantasy land structures carved out of sand hills made by blowing winds called Kalout.
  • Ceiling of Alighapu
    Aliqapu, meaning grand doorway in Azeri language, is the name of a palace located in western edge of Naghsh-e-jahan square in Isfahan city, built during Shaah Abbas I of Safavid.There is a hall in the last floor of this 6 floor palace called “the music hall”. This hall takes its name for the peculiar Stucco shaped as porcelain jars in its ceiling which produces a strong echo and reflection of sounds in the hall resulting in a louder music in the palace.
  • Jeryan Lake
    A view of Shirvan Dare si and Jeyran Goli "Jeyran Lake" which are located in sidehill of Mt.Sabalan. Using ND and GND filters helped me to capture motion of clouds over the lake.Locatin: Meshgin Shahr, Iran
  • xNasir al-mulk old panorama
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses.In fall and winter seasons when sunlight shines through the colorful glasses, it presents as exemplary beauty to the interior of the bedchamber, making this mosque outstandingly aesthetical among other mosques of Iran. The tiling and paintings of the bedchambers are of exceptional beauty as well.
  • Emamzadeh Hasan
  • Tehran and Milad Tower
    A nice view of Tehran and Milad Tower from Parvaz park, SaAdat Abad.Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Shahdad Kalouts
    Shahdad Kalouts, Kerman Province, IranKalouts are special natural made walls and towers stiking out the desert. The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70.7°C (159°F), and it is one of the world's driest places. Fantasy land structures carved out of sand hills made by blowing winds called Kalout.
  • Ameriha house, Kashan
  • Nasir al- mulk mosque, Shiraz
    Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses.In fall and winter seasons when sunlight shines through the colorful glasses, it presents as exemplary beauty to the interior of the bedchamber, making this mosque outstandingly aesthetical among other mosques of Iran. The tiling and paintings of the bedchambers are of exceptional beauty as well.
  • Palace of Ardashir, Fars province
    Ardeshir I,as founder of Sassanid Dynasty,built this construction for staying himself in it.Fireplace and Qal-e-Dokhtar is located near palace.The application of the first,was preserving and securing the palace and the second,used for praying.In front Of the palace,is a lake that supplied the water source of palace and somebody believe that abandonment of palace,caused by ardidity of this lake.
  • Shahrak Gharb Sq
    A view of Shahrak Gharb Sq, Hormozan Residential Complex and Hemmat Expy.Shahrak Gharb, originally built based on the model of upscale American suburbs, today it is considered as one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Tehran. It is one of the largest districts of Tehran
  • Kaboud Val Falls
    Kaboud Val Falls, Golestan Province, IranThe largest full-moss waterfall in Iran. Its height is about six meters and its water is cool and potable
  • Bishe Waterfall
    Bishe Waterfall, Lorestan province
  • Nasir al-mulk
  • azadi-tower-digital-mag
    Azadi tower (or Borj-e-Azadi), formerly known as Shahyad tower, is a current era monument built during the second Pahlavi reign. This tower has since become the main icon of capital city Tehran and remained so even after the Milad tower was built in 2009.Following queen Farah Pahlavi’s decision, this tower was designed and built by Hossein Amanat in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.
  • Milky way over Jeyran Lake
    Shirvan Dare Si under a clear night sky in sidehill of Mt.Sabalan.A remote location with minor light pollution made it ideal for a wide-field astro photography shooting. Locatin: Meshgin Shahr, Iran
  • Tomb of Hafez , Shiraz
    Hafez is the reputable Iranian poet of 14th century, whose tomb is located in the city of Shiraz. The tomb dates back to 14th century, however, it has been considerably remodeled and renovated throughout these years. What can be found therein today has been designed and built by Andre Gudar –French architect- and Ali Sami, Iranian archeologist.This place not only embraces Hafez’s tomb, it includes several other sections such as the tomb of other well-known individuals, several gardens, and a cistern.
  • Baghche Joogh palace, Maku, West Azerbayjan
  • Niavaran palace, Tehran
    Niavaran palace in Tehran had been in the core of attention at the end of Qajar era; however, its main application dates back to the second Pahlavi period.The complex consists of a multitude of sections, the most important of which is a palace that has been built under the order of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi. From 1968 to 1979 –before the Islamic revolution- this palace has been the residential place for Shah’s family and for reception of foreign guests.
  • lake Urmia
    Very beautiful salt lake between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan in Iran.Unfortunetly Iran’s most famous lake is disappearing. It has shrunk by nearly 90% within 40 years.
  • Little planet view of Nasir al-mulk mosque
  • Aliqoliagha bath
  • Takht e Soleyman, West Azerbayjan
  • Sheikh Zayed mosque- Abu Dhabi, UAE (outside Iran)
  • Tehran and Milad Tower
    A nice view of Tehran and Milad Tower from Parvaz park, SaAdat Abad.Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Eram Garden , Shiraz
    Eram Gardens in Shiraz is one of the most famous historical gardens in Iran. These gardens and the building within them were built in the middle of the 13th century, but were renovated and enhanced significantly during the Qajar dynasty. Eram owes its fame and importance to the botanical garden which is home to a verity of unique and rare plants. The main building in the gardens was built by Nasir-ol-Molk, the creator of The Pink Mosque and is ornamented by numerous inscriptions and alluring paintings.
  • Shah(Emam) mosque panorama
  • Badab-e surt
    One of the best places on earth to observe milkyway over unique springs is Badab-e surt.Badab-e Surt's springs are two distinct mineral springs with different natural characteristics that has been created over thousands of years. It's the Second Bigest salty spring in the world after Pamukkale in Turkey.Location: Sari ,Mazandaran province, Iran
  • Shahrak Gharb Sq
    A view of Shahrak Gharb Sq, Hormozan Residential Complex and Hemmat Expy.Shahrak Gharb, originally built based on the model of upscale American suburbs, today it is considered as one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Tehran. It is one of the largest districts of Tehran
  • Shazdeh Mahan, Kerman
  • Asalem
    Photo by: @safatajphoto
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