architecture

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  • Isfahan's Imam Mosque restoration reaches final stage 2021-04-24 01:14

    Isfahan's Imam Mosque restoration reaches final stage

    TEHRAN – The project to restore the dome of Isfahan’s iconic Imam Mosque has entered its final phase, according to Fereydoun Allahyari, head of the provincial department for the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ministry.

  • Landscaping project conducted at mausoleum of Sufi scholar 2021-04-07 20:07

    Landscaping project conducted at mausoleum of Sufi scholar

    TEHRAN – A landscaping project has been completed on the premises of the mausoleum of Sufi Shaykh Zayn al-Din Abu Bakr Taybadi (d.1389 CE), who was an Iranian mystic and Sufi.

  • Sassanid-era arch bridge restoration work completed 2021-03-05 19:30

    Sassanid-era arch bridge restoration work completed

    TEHRAN – A project to restore and reinforce Pol-e Shapuri, a Sassanid-era arch bridge in western Iran, has been completed.

  • Massive hypostyle hall is seen inside the Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2021-02-27 21:48

    A peek into core elements of traditional Iranian architecture

    TEHRAN – The history of Iranian architecture is very complex and time-stretched. The Elamite, Achaemenian, Hellenistic, and other pre-Islamic dynasties left striking stone testaments to their greatness, such as Chogha Zanbil and Persepolis—both designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1979.

  • Soleimanieh Palace wins permit to host sightseers, travelers 2021-02-07 20:54

    Soleimanieh Palace wins permit to host sightseers, travelers

    TEHRAN – Soleimanieh Palace, a Qajar-era (1789–1925) royal complex in Karaj, west of Tehran, has been granted activity permission to host sightseers and travelers as a palace museum.

  • Italian embassy hosts review session of book on Tehran architecture 2021-01-26 20:43

    Italian embassy hosts review session of book on Tehran architecture

    TEHRAN – Iranian architect and author Amir-Reza Farahbod on Monday gave a presentation on his new book “My Tehran” during a ceremony held at the Italian ambassador’s residence in the Iranian capital.

  • Magnificent Taq Kasra to be restored by Iranian budget, expertise 2021-01-12 21:32

    Magnificent Taq Kasra to be restored by Iranian budget, expertise

    TEHRAN – Iran is set to conduct an urgent restoration project on Taq Kasra, a Sassanid-era Persian masterpiece of architecture, which was collapsed partly in modern Iraq earlier this month.

  • Iranian artists, heritage enthusiasts sign petition demanding salvage of masterpiece in Iraq 2021-01-11 21:38

    Iranian artists, heritage enthusiasts sign petition demanding salvage of masterpiece in Iraq

    TEHRAN – Hundreds of Iranian artists, architects, and cultural heritage enthusiasts have signed a petition demanding an urgent restoration of Taq Kasra, a Sassanid masterpiece of architecture, which was collapsed partly in modern Iraq earlier this month.

  • Hamidinava, architect of Sari’s clock tower, dies aged 90 2021-01-06 22:36

    Hamidinava, architect of Sari’s clock tower, dies aged 90

    TEHRAN -  Mohammad-Ali Hamidinava, a traditional Iranian architect who constructed a landmark clock tower in Sari, has died. He was 90.

  • Taq Kasra, Sassanid masterpiece of architecture, partly collapses in modern Iraq 2021-01-04 22:10

    Taq Kasra, Sassanid masterpiece of architecture, partly collapses in modern Iraq

    TEHRAN – Segments of Taq Kasra, which is an architecturally-important Sasanian-era Persian monument in modern Iraq, has recently been collapsed, Mehr reported based on Iraqi sources.

  • Apadana Staircase: an absolute glory of architecture & art 2021-01-04 18:33

    Apadana Staircase: an absolute glory of architecture & art

    TEHRAN – The ruins of Apadana Staircase show off and offer scenes of historic Persian arts to its domestic and foreign visitors an absolute glory of architecture and art.

  • A view of Cantor Church in Qazvin 2020-12-31 00:48

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Qazvin: a city with fascinating churches, Armenian neighborhoods

    Besides serving as places of worship and religious services, churches are visited for their splendor and architectural beauty, their majesty and magnificence.

  • Jiroft, Weight made of chlorite, ca. 3000 BC–ca. 2000 BC 2020-12-26 21:48

    Jiroft culture: a ‘missing link’ of the Bronze Age

    TEHRAN - Jiroft, a fertile plain situated in Iran’s Kerman province, is a splendid cradle of civilization, which dates from the Early Bronze Age (late 3rd millennium BC). Geological factors have led to it being overlooked for years by tourists and archeologists, who have generally been more interested in Mesopotamia some 1,000 km away.

  • Friday Mosque of Neyriz; one of the earliest in Iran 2020-12-21 22:53

    Friday Mosque of Neyriz; one of the earliest in Iran

    TEHRAN- Once quite flourishing in ancient times, Neyriz used to be one of the largest communities of Muslims. Located in Fars province in southern Iran, Neyriz is close to a salt lake and some stone quarries where its inhabitants are working today.

  • Archaeologists shed more light on massive underground city central Iran 2020-12-08 18:07

    Archaeologists shed more light on massive underground city central Iran

    TEHRAN – Iranian archaeologists have uncovered what they say might be the entrance to a massive underground city located in Taftesh, central Iran.

  • Restoration comes to end on Zanjan mosque 2020-11-27 22:05

    Restoration comes to end on Zanjan mosque

    TEHRAN – The second phase of a new restoration project has been completed on Zanjan’s Chehel Sotoun Mosque, provincial tourism chief has said.

  • A view of Narin Castle with a scenic vista of Meybod in the background 2020-11-23 10:47

    By Afshin Majlesi

    14 of the greatest castles, fortresses, and citadels in Iran

    Since antiquity, mankind has assumed the need to fortify properties to survive in an ever-changing world of invasion and conquest.Commencing from simple earthworks and wooden walls, fortifications were gradually evolved into complex, unconquerable imposing citadels.

  • Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture 2020-11-20 21:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture

    Built for a famous Iranian merchant of the 19th century, this elegant house is composed of several sections each decorated with various types of art and architectural features, such as stucco, mirrorwork, tilework, woodwork, and stained glass. The fully restored house is now open to the public.

  • Archaeologist accentuates proper maintenance of Achaemenid ‘masterpiece’ 2020-11-15 23:51

    Archaeologist accentuates proper maintenance of Achaemenid ‘masterpiece’

    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian archaeologist, who leads a survey examining the ancient Bostan Khani Dam in southern Iran, has urged the need for proper maintenance and conservation of the embankment monument that he describes as a “masterpiece” of architecture and water management in Achaemenid-era Iran.

  • Menar Jonban: they really shake! 2020-11-03 17:57

    Menar Jonban: they really shake!

    Visitors flock five times a day to this tiny Islamic monument for the sole purpose of watching as the caretaker ascends to one of the bizarre minarets and gives it a good shake. For some reason, the movement resonates through the whole building causing the other minaret to tremble soon after, to the surprising delight of the crowds who gather to watch.

  • Plate: the Sassanid king Yazdgard I, slaying a stag 2020-10-21 18:16

    Sasanians promoted Persian arts through trade, conquest, and diplomacy: experts

    TEHRAN - Under Sassanid rule (224 CE–651) Persian arts and architecture experienced a general renaissance. However, it made its way well beyond the vast borders of the longest-lived Persian dynasty, which at its greatest extent encompassed all of present-day Iran and Iraq and stretched from the eastern Mediterranean (including Anatolia and Egypt) to Pakistan, and from parts of southern Arabia to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

  • Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran 2020-10-17 18:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran

    TEHRAN – Cascades of photogenic domes and minarets can be seen in every corner of Iran as inseparable elements of mosques some of which widely known as timeless benchmarks of the Islamic architecture.

  • ‘Domus’ Eyes on Iran’ released by Italian Embassy 2020-10-02 19:08

    ‘Domus’ Eyes on Iran’ released by Italian Embassy

    TEHRAN - On October 2, the premises of the Italian ambassador’s residence in Tehran witnessed the inauguration of the latest series produced by the Italian Embassy, entitled “Domus’ Eyes on Iran”.

  • Uraman where roof of a house is yard of another 2020-10-01 00:08

    Uraman where roof of a house is yard of another

    Photo taken on September 29th shows the bizarre architecture of Uraman rural landscape; each house is built on another’s rooftop, most of which having porch-balconies and earthen roofs.

  • 'Achaemenid-era embankment dams still source of inspiration for modern architects, engineers' 2020-09-27 21:17

    'Achaemenid-era embankment dams still source of inspiration for modern architects, engineers'

     TEHRAN – An Iranian archaeologist believes that embankment dams constructed in the country during the Achaemenid era (c. 550 – 330 BC) and their role in water management is still a source of inspiration for modern architects and engineers.

  • Khorshid palace: an amalgam of Iranian, Indian arts, cultures 2020-09-23 19:45

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Khorshid palace: an amalgam of Iranian, Indian arts, cultures

    Khorshid palace is a magnificent historical monument, which is a relic from the time of Nader Shah Afshar, is the most important tourist attraction of Kalat city in Khorasan Razavi province. This palace is a manifestation of the combination of Iranian art with the art of India, which was registered in 1318 SH /1939 in the list of national monuments of Iran.

  • UNESCO-tagged hydraulic ensemble to be dredged 2020-08-25 18:49

    UNESCO-tagged hydraulic ensemble to be dredged

    TEHRAN – A dredging project has started at parts of Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO-registered ensemble in southwest Iran, which is known globally as a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’.

  • 50 Iranian properties on tentative list of UNESCO 2020-08-19 18:57

    50 Iranian properties on tentative list of UNESCO

    TEHRAN – A total of 50 Iranian properties have already been placed on the tentative list for [possible] inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in the years to come.

  • 400-year-old cistern restored in Isfahan 2020-08-17 20:30

    400-year-old cistern restored in Isfahan

    TEHRAN - The historical Tudeshk cistern, a vast subterranean reservoir for storing water in Isfahan province, has been fully restored and is ready to be toured by visitors, researchers, and architecture enthusiasts.

  •  A view of the Gold Bowl of Hasanlu, ca. 900 BC 2020-08-14 21:54

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The absolutely magnificent ‘Gold Bowl of Hasanlu’: Sixty-three years later

    TEHRAN – Sixty-three years ago, an Iranian man, named Emamqoli Mohammadi Hasanluei, unearthed a millennia-old gold bowl in the debris of a burned building, part of the major architectural complex at Teppe Hasanlu near the city of Naghadeh in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, a short distance south of Lake Urmia.