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The city of Yazd was definitely a Zoroastrian centre during Sassanid times.

After the Arab Islamic conquest of Persia, people periodically faced extreme religious oppression including forced conversions, massacres, harassment, and other forms of discrimination, and then many fled to Yazd from neighbouring provinces. By paying a levy, Yazd remained Zoroastrian even after its conquest, and Islam only gradually became the dominant religion in the city.

Urmia Lake,West Azerbaijan Province,Iran

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Following the sun, to find the one

Who's giving you the wings to fly

Following the sun, the golden one

Losing sense for space and time


Can you feel the waves of life

(Can you) hear the sigh of love

Do you believe in it ?


Following the sun, just for the one

Till you'll find the door you thought

Following the sun, like everyone

Searching for a sign of hope


Have a look up to the sky

See the billion stars above

'cause (maybe) on one of them

You'll spend your further life.


Enigma – Following The Sun

Written by Michael Cretu, Voyageur 2003


Lake Urmia :


Lake Urmia (Persian: Daryache-ye Orumiye,Azerbaijani Urmu gölü,Kurdish Wermy,Armenian: Կապուտան ծով,Kaputan ts'ov; ancient name: Lake Matiene) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Iran's border with Turkey.The lake is between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan in Iran,and west of the southern portion of the Caspian Sea.At its full size, it is the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth largest saltwater lake on earth with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km² (2,000 mile²),140 km (87 mi) length,55 km (34 mi) width, and 16 m (52 ft) depth.


Lake Urmia along with its approximately 102 islands are protected as a national park by the Iranian Department of Environment.


History :


One of the early mentions of Lake Urmia is from the Assyrian records from 9th century BCE.There,in the records of Shalmaneser III (reign 858–824 BCE),two names are mentioned in the area of Lake Urmia:Parsuwash (i.e., the Persians) and Matai (i.e., the Mitanni).It is not completely clear whether these referred to places or tribes or what their relationship was to the subsequent list of personal names and "kings".But Matais were Medes and linguistically the name Parsuwash matches the Old Persian word pārsa,an Achaemenid ethnolinguistic designation.


"Lake Matianus" (Latin: Lacus Matianus) is an old name for Lake Urmia.It was the center of the Mannaean Kingdom,a potential Mannaean settlement,represented by the ruin mound of Hasanlu,was on the south side of Lake Matianus.Mannae was overrun by the people who were called Matiani or Matieni,an Iranian people variously identified as Scythian,Saka,Sarmatian,or Cimmerian.It is not clear whether the lake took its name from the people or the people from the lake,but the country came to be called Matiene or Matiane.


The lake is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia,originally a Syriac name meaning city of water.In the early 1930s,it was called Lake Rezaiyeh after Reza Shah Pahlavi,but after the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s,the lake was renamed Urmia.Its ancient Persian name was Chichast (meaning, "glittering"–a reference to the glittering mineral particles suspended in the lake water and found along its shores).In medieval times it came to be known as Lake Kabuda (Kabodan),from the word for "azure" in Persian, or 'կապույտ' ("Kapuyt/Gabuyd") in Armenian.

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Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb "'Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast" (Isfahan is half of the world).


Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque (Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-o-llah in Persian or مسجد شيخ لطف الّله ) or Ladies' Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing in eastern part Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran. It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. The architect (Mimar) of the edifice was Muhammad Reza ibn Ustad Hosein Banna Isfahani. He finished construction of the mosque in 1618.


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Longest Night of the Year,

The Iranian people celebrate the night.

747SP EP-IAC of Iran Air high over the Caspian Sea in a left hand turn. HDR

The ruined Iranian embassy near Dunham, Cheshire.

In this set I'm going to show you the REAL IRANIANS, the ones who LOVE OTHERS and HATE NOBODY.


Her name is Faezeh, she was so lovely, a lovely kid from Domab Village, a place which I will make a set for.

for more informations on domab village:

Classic A300B4-2C cockpit, EP-IBJ of Iran Air upon arrival to Tehran from Ahwaz. Built 1982. HDR

Antique Bronzes - The Great Symbol of Iranian Civilization

Khaydalv Square on a Cloudy day,Khoram Abad City,Lorestan Province,Iran

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Lorestān bronze :


Lorestān bronze is a set of Early Iron Age bronze artifacts of various individual forms which have been recovered from Lorestān and Kermanshah areas in west-central Iran.They include a great number of weapons, ornaments,tools,and ceremonial objects.The artifacts were created by a major group of Persian aboriginals known as Lurs.


Lorestani Bronze objects were taken illegally to Europe via Mesopotamia and to cover up most of the items taken they called them Mesopotamian while in fact there are no similarities what so ever between the Persian Bronze objects excavated in Lorestan 1943 to 1968,which were dated to be from 5th to 4th millennium BC.The hair pins and four men holding a cup were typical of that period which once again separates Iranian development from whatever was going on in so called Sumerian areas.Typical Lorestāni-style objects belong to the (Iranian) Iron Age (c. 1250-650 BC).


The term "Lorestān bronze" is not normally used for earlier bronze artifacts from Luristan between the fourth millennium BC and the (Iranian) Bronze Age (c. 2900-1250 BC).These bronze objects were similar to those found in Mesopotamia and on the Iranian plateau.


In 1930 a large quantity of canonical Lorestān bronze artifacts appeared on the Iranian and European antiquities markets as a result of plundering of tombs in this region.Since 1938 several scientific excavations were conducted by American,Danish,British,Belgian,and Iranian archaeologists on the graveyards with stone tombs in the northern Pish Kuh valleys and the southern Pusht Kuh of Lorestān.


*Khaydalv Square: The Famous Symbol of Lorestan Bronzes in Prehistoric. (2900-650 BC)

و کویر ای آرام ترین، تو را دوست دارم

زیرا در سکوت خود چیزی داری که هیچ گوینده ای قادر به بیانش نیست

مسجد جامع اصفهان -

Built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, was dubbed Azadi (Freedom) after the Iranian Revolution of 1979

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back to my roots :-)


Iran / Isfahan / siosepol

The Si-o-se Pol or the Bridge of 33 Arches, also called the Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge, is one of the eleven bridges of Esfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.

The bridge itself is 295m long and 13.75m wide. The thirty four piers on which it is constructed are 3.49m thick and the arches are 5.57m wide. The southern side of the bridge, where the waters of the Zayandeh run more swiftly has supplementary arches, and it is this that makes them suitable as a tea house.




I was introduced to Maryam by another Iranian friend who studied together with her in the Local University. I even met Maryam when I visited Iran last year in Rasht, Iran. As a Persian, Maryam still maintaining the legendary Iranian hospitality when I meet her.


Today I decided to do a photoshoot with Maryam around her apartment and we really had great time doing the shoot.


I had difficult time choosing the photos to be uploaded on Flickr because Maryam not only looks good on lens but also in person.


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Writing :Art in Arabic fonts. Persian language : هنر

One of the windows of Ali Qapu Palace, the architectural masterpiece of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the western side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

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Protester from the Freedom For Iran Rally in Washington D.C.

... almost time to say goodbye to my iranian friends... Unless we make it last a little longer with a cup of coffee ? we'll see that tomorrow ;-))

I just couldn't leave the place before taking a panorama!

A smiling Iranian girl looks out the window of a bus in Hamedan (also spelled Hamadan), Iran on August 15, 2008. Hamedan is believed to be among the oldest Iranian cities and one of the oldest in the world.

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People sit cross-legged on these bed-like, carpeted platforms with bolster cushions for back support to enjoy their meals. Shiraz, Iran.


Have a super Sunday and thanks for visiting.

Persian Beauty in Tehran Iran

I like the ways he is gazing at the camera :)

Persian Girl with the most beautiful eyes in the world

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