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Masouleh/ Windows

This set is specially arranged for the one who loves and misses every aspect of my lovely country, for this during my visiy in last week I've tried to shoot at everything which I suppose he has memories over there, the houses, doors, windows and particularly it's wonderful and lovely people.




Masouleh is a village in the Gilan Provence of Iran, historical names for the village include Maasalar and Khortab, it was founded in the 10th century CE, and it's current population is estimated to be around 800 persons.


Geography and climate:

Masouleh is approximately 60 km southwest of Rasht and 25 km west of Fuman. The village is 1050 meters above sea level in the Alborz (or Elburz) mountain range, near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. The village itself has a difference in elevation of 100 meters.

Fog is the predominate weather feature of Masouleh.




Masouleh architecture is unique. The buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masouleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition,however, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn't make it possible for vehicles to enter.

Yellow clay coats the exterior of most buildings in Masouleh, this allows for better visibility in the fog.


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Taken on April 10, 2006