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  • 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.

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • Pigeon towers significant but strange buildings of ancient times 2020-08-02 21:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Pigeon towers significant but strange buildings of ancient times

    Pigeons are many times deemed as mere nuisances especially by city dwellers. However, they were quite valuable in ancient Iran, mostly for their droppings!

  • Restoration work of historical Narin castle restarts 2020-07-29 18:33

    Restoration work of historical Narin castle restarts

    TEHRAN – A fresh season of restoration work has been commenced on the ruins of Narin castle, which is a gigantic ancient mud-brick fortress in the town of Meybod, central Yazd province.

  • Visit Jameh Mosque of Ardestan one of earliest Islamic structures in central Iran  2020-07-14 18:07

    Visit Jameh Mosque of Ardestan one of earliest Islamic structures in central Iran 

    TEHRAN - The Jameh Mosque of Ardestan, which is named after an ancient oasis town of the same name in central Iran, is of high historical importance as it incorporates successive architectural styles of the Sassanids, Buyids, Seljuks, and Safavids.

  • Potter makes miniature models of genuine elements of Iranian architecture 2020-07-11 21:30

    Potter makes miniature models of genuine elements of Iranian architecture

    TEHRAN – An Iranian potter has crafted miniature models of the genuine elements which are prevalent in the traditional Iranian architecture during a project that exercises an aesthetic approach rather than a technical and engineering one.

  • A view of Si-o-Se-Pol bridge in Isfahan 2020-07-08 17:43

    17th-century masterpiece of Persian architecture undergoes urgent restoration

    TEHRAN – Segments of Si-o-Se-Pol, the 17th-century bridge widely known as a masterpiece of Persian architecture, has undergone urgent restoration in Isfahan, central Iran.

  • Shafei Jameh Mosque 2020-06-27 18:30

    Shafei Jameh Mosque: a place of worship notable for atmospheric interior design

    TEHRAN – Photos show the lavishly-decorated prayer hall of Shafei Jameh Mosque, which stands tall in the ancient city of Kermanshah in western Iran.

  • A sunflower farm is seen adjacent to the ancient town of Khoy, northwest Iran 2020-06-21 23:00

    Khoy, an ancient town of sunflowers, snowcapped mountains

    TEHRAN – Khoy may not be on every traveler’s radar, but it is a natural fit for eco-tourists as it offers loads of scenic hikes, panoramic views besides colorful geological features. Khoy has long been a melting pot of cultural exchange.

  • Archaeological survey to offer new glimpses of troglodytic architecture in northern Iran 2020-06-14 19:28

    Archaeological survey to offer new glimpses of troglodytic architecture in northern Iran

    TEHRAN – A team of Iranian archaeologists has started work on troglodyte shelters in a northern Iranian region, believing that they are still giving up long-buried secrets.

  • Tarikhaneh: the oldest existing mosque in Iran 2020-06-09 19:17

    Tarikhaneh: the oldest existing mosque in Iran

    Photos depict scenes from Tarikhaneh Mosque, which was once a Sassanid-era (224–651) temple, located near the modern city of Damghan, central Iran, June 2, 2020.

  • A general view of the Sepahbod Khorshid Cave, once a unique defensive architecture during the Sassanid era (224–651 CE), on Savad Kooh highlands, Mazandaran province, northern Iran. 2020-06-01 11:06

    Discover how pinnacle of art, genius of ancient architects turned natural arch into full-fledged stronghold

    TEHRAN – A good amalgam of natural landscape and human genius has created what modern visitors witness at Sepahbod Khorshid Cave, which was once a unique defensive architecture during the Sassanid era (224–651 CE).

  • Gonbad-e Soltaniyeh 2020-05-20 21:41

    40 historical monuments restored in Zanjan

    TEHRAN – Some 40 historical buildings and structures in northwestern Zanjan province were restored during the previous Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 19).

  •  Sometimes called “a city within another”, the Bazaar of Isfahan, like any other of its counterparts, is a maze of lanes, madrasahs, caravanserais and timchehs (domed halls or arcaded centers of a single trade, such as carpet vendors or coppersmiths). 2020-04-28 18:25

    Labyrinthine Bazaar of Isfahan may equal an endless charm for you!

    TEHRAN - One of Iran’s most historic and fascinating traditional marketplaces, the sprawling covered Bazaar of Isfahan (locally known as Bazaar-e Bozorg) is situated in a city of the same name.

  • Sadi National Day: constantly hectic mausoleum records unprecedented lockdown 2020-04-20 19:55

    Sadi National Day: constantly hectic mausoleum records unprecedented lockdown

    TEHRAN – Photos depict mausoleum of Sheikh Muslih od-Din Sadi Shirazi, known by his pen name Sadi, being deserted amid COVID-19 pandemic on April 20, which marks the national day of the 13th-century Iranian poet.

  • A combination photo compares Hafezieh, the mausoleum of the illustrious Persian poet Hafez, full of visitors in March 2019 (R), with the one taken in March 2020 being deserted over coronavirus fears. Hafezieh is a major cultural and tourism spot in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2020-04-06 00:25

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Why Iran expects tourism boom after coronavirus

    TEHRAN – The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought travel to a standstill nearly all over the globe, including Iran, causing huge job and revenue losses.