| An oriental teahouse in the historical Masouleh village near Fouman adorn with colorful tribal Kilims, and hand-made pottery. Masouleh has an age of eight hundred to a thousand years and the local artists did their best to preserve the its ambiance.
|| An oriental Carpet, Kilim and Rugs store in Masouleh. Products such as kilim (rug made of goat’s hair), Jajim (a carpet made of wool or cotton), Chamush (traditional shoes), clothes, knives and silk scarves are some of the items sold at the old bazaar.
|| Colorful handwoven dolls: one of iconic handicrafts presented to tourists as souvenirs along with socks bath-cloths and gloves at the historicl Masouleh village in Gilan Province. The photo was taken near the main Bazaar (market) area.
|| A street vendor is selling Chaqaleh Badam in Rudbar. Chaqaleh Badam is a traditional Iranian treat, it's indeed the almond (badam) before it grows completely. Jeqaleh in Gilaki means child; it's green and crunchy and the brain is soft & juicy.
| Imam Mosque, also known as Shah Mosque is a mosque in Isfahan, built on the south side of Isfahan's Naghshejahan royal square under Shah 'Abbas and completed in 1602. The mosque itself is enormous. It is infact made up of several halls and courtyards.
|| Tabriz Shah Goli (El Goli) Lake. El Goli is a water garden, an artificial lake seven hundred feet square.Tabriz is the fourth largest city and one of the historical capitals of Iran and the capital of East Azerbaijan Province.
|| Pelargonium Flowers on the balcony in a traditional house in the historical town of Masouleh, with an attractive nature and a wonderful architecture with an antiquity of more than 1000 years, 60km from Rasht and 32km from Fouman 1,050 mt above sea level.
|| Bagh-e Fin, located in Kashan, Iran, is a historical Persian garden made to resemble a vision of paradise. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. its current design began to take shape during the reign of Shah Abbas I (1587-1629)
| A pleasant restaurant built on the slopes of Alborz Mountain in Darband, a popular getaway north of Tehran serving a broad range of autentic Iranian cuisine. It's called Garden of Paradise using an original Persian concept of two words with same meanings.
|| Photo of a young woman strolling past facade of Old US Embassy (US Den of Espionage) - Tehran by Adam Jones, a widely-published photojournalist, who captured colorful images throughout his Iranian journey.
|| The Paradise, a word derived from Old Persian depicts itself in Persian gardens. One example is the Narenjestan Garden within the complex of Eram Garden built between 1879 and 1886, now a museum open to public as the Botanic Park of the Shiraz University.
|| The Mausoleum of American researcher Arthur Upham Pope and his wife Phyllis Ackerman in Isfahan near the Khaju Bridge by the Zayandeh River. In 1925 Reza Shah authorized Pope to enter key mosques to study and photograph their architecture.
| A beautiful picture of Perspolis at Sunset. This Palace Complex of 33 acres was originally founded by Darius the Great in 514 BC, who made it the ceremonial capital of Persia, replacing Pasargadae; covering an extensive area comprising colossal buildings,
|| The historical Marin Village in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, 36km north of Gachsaran, and 198km south of Yasuj. Because the Achamenid Imperial Road from Perspolis to Susa in passed by Marin few castles had been constructed nearby.
|| Recreational area on the Abbasabad Hill with a view over Hamedan. Known as Abbasabad Walkway & Pool, it's a touristic attraction with restaurant, games & skating area, cinema, luna-park, an artificial waterfall.
|| Valley of Stars aka Fallen Star Valley, locally known as Darre-ye Setaregan is a scenic example of erosion in Qeshm, the largest island on the Persian Gulf. The wind blowing among these strange structures make mysterious noises often attributed to ghosts!
| Belqis Fountain locally known as Cheshmeh Belgheis is a Sassanid era garden 4 km from Choram in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran; on an area of 39,000 sqm, it includes 4 watch-towers, pool, garden, and recreational areas.
|| A Girl dressed in her traditional Bandari dress poses at Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf in the Hormozgan province of Iran. The definition of the word “bandari” means “of the port” is a derivation of the Persian word bandar, meaning port.
|| A special set of 7 Haji Firouz figures each with an element of Haft-Seen which is a tradition of Norooz, March, 2013 in Tajrish, a neighborhood along the northern edge of Tehran. There are many legends around who Haji Firouz really represents.
|| Anti-Terror Joint Committee Prison was a secret detention centre in Tehran under the Pahlavi Regime where SAVAK widely practiced torture against opponents of Mohammad-Reza Shah. It became Towhid Prison after the revolution, now is called the Ebrat Museum.
| A commercial ship docks at the Bushehr Seaport, a strategic point on the Persian Gulf. In 1734 Nader Shah of Afsharid Dynasty chose it as the site for an Iranian naval base. A coastal road links Bushehr to Bandar-e Abbas to the southeast.
|| Bushehr Seaport on the Persian Gulf in 1973. The strategic location of the city of Bushehr has been the main reason for the establishment of the port of Bushehr, a thriving and flourishing seat of an ancient civilization called "Rey Shahr"
|| Negin Island is a small island (~30 Acres) near Bushehr Seaport. Bushehr lies in a vast plain running along the coastal region on the Persian Gulf coast SW Iran. It was the chief seaport of the country and is the administrative centre of Bushehr province.
|| Yazd, 1956. Photograph by Inge Morath/the Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum. Street leading to Amir Chaqmaq Mosque. A very nice shot of a man and his Indian bicycle in front of a woman in chador and three guys walking in suits and chapeau hats.
| Anzali City Square in 1944. First modern municipality in Iran was founded in Anzali as it was called the gate to Europe and it was the place where the latest European products and subsequently an associated culture was imported.
|| Aerial view of Anzali Port, aka Bandar-e Anzali in Gilan Province, Iran on the Caspian Sea, close to Rasht, one of the most important seaports in the north of Iran. It consists of an island called Mianposhteh and the surrounding lands.
|| A Palestinian woman walks next to a banner that reads "Thanks and gratitude to Iran" in Gaza City, Nov. 27, 2012.Firing advanced Kornet missiles at IDF targets by Iranian-backed Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) was a game-changer is Palestinain cause
|| In 2009 disregarding the political atmosphere, the Hafez-Goethe memorial in Weimar, Germany was introduced and the first West East Divan Festival with the guest country of Iran took place and two cultural cities of Shiraz and Weimar became twin cities.
| Saadtabad Garden aka the Mirror Palace was built during the Sah Safi era in memory of Shah Tahmasb of Safavid Dynasty by the Zayanderood River of Isfahan. The building was destroyed during the Qajar era.
|| Shahidgah burial site of martyrs of the Chaldoran war at the Sheikh Safi mausoleum in Ardabil. Sheikh Safi al-Din was a seventh-generation descendant of Firuz Shah Zarrin Kolah, a local Iranian dignitary. He inherited Sheikh Zahed Gilani's Sufi order,
|| A shrine in Bangladesh that local people believe to be Bastami's tomb. In Iran Bayazid Bastami's tomb is in Bastam near Shahroud. One explanation is the legend that Bayazid visited Chattagong and his followers built a shrine on drops of his blood.
|| Shrine of Khawja Zainuddin Shirzai in Daulatabad of India. Shaikh Zainuddin was born in Shiraz in 701 LH and went to Delhi by way of Mecca. He studied under Maulana Kamaloddin of Samana, and came with him to Daulatabad.
| According to Al-Baladhuri Gonabad Zibad Castle is the place where the last Sassanid king Yazdgerd III was killed because he refused to accept request of the governor of Merv to marry the king's daughter.
|| Toopkhaneh Square built in 1867 by an order of Amir Kabir and Commissioned in 1877 is a major town square and a neighborhood in the south of Tehran. It was originally designed as a commercial and ceremonial center like Naghsh-Jahan Square in Isfahan.
|| Shiraz Saray Moshir pool & garden in 2010.Saray-e Moshir is a mansion currently part of the Bazaar in Shiraz, built during the Qajar era with an octagonal shape located south of the Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz. It was built by Mirza Abolhasan Khan Moshirolmolk
|| A very amazing photograph of an IIAF Cobra helicopter flying at low altitude by the Azadi Tower (formerly known as Shahyad) in early 1970s photographed by an another pilot.
| Ararat Stadium is a stadium located in Vanak Neighborhood in northern Tehran, Iran and owned by F.C. Ararat Tehran. The Club was established on July, 4 1944 by a group of Armenian-Iranians, one of few clubs to have its own stadium and training facilities.
|| The Holy Cross Church at the Ararat Club in Tehran, the Church was built in 1987 in lands belonging to Ararat Club established on July, 4, 1944 by a group of Armenian-Iranians. They named the club after the famous Mount Ararat.
|| The defaced Seal of the former Embassy of the United States, Tehran now called the spy den in 2004. US lost the privilege of diplomatic representation in Iran since 1979 due to lack of understanding between two states.
|| Persian stores along westwood blvd in LA, USA aka Tehrangeles deriving from combination of Tehran, and Los Angeles, used when referring to large number (700,000 to 800,000) of resident Iranian expatriates and their descendants.
| Tehran's Ferdowsi Square in early1960s reminds the viewer of Paul Simons song: Cars are cars all over the world. A collection of colorful German, American, and British cars filled the streets.
|| Azad Kuh is one of the highest peaks in central Alburz Range. Azad Kuh can be translated as The Free Mountain. There are two access routes this peak, the easier one is from Kalaak-e-Baalaa village the other route is from Vaarange Rud village.
|| A window shop in Tehran puts Womenwear brand Victorias Secret on display honoring hijab related laws in Iran.
|| Tomb of Achamenid ruler Artaxerxes 2 in Perspolis. There has been signs of vandalism while some visitors showed their respect to founders of one of the greatest civilization on earth with flowers.
| Haji Firooz is conducting a choo-choo train in Madar Square of Tehran, a piece of decorations prepared by the city to celebrate the Persian new year; Norooz on March, 2012. People gather to take souvenir pictures with 7seen and traditional statues.
|| Satellite image of whale shaped Qeshm Island situated in the Strait of Hormuz, and separated from the mainland by the Clarence/Khuran Strait, host to the most extensive Mangrove/Hara forest in the Persian Gulf.
|| Tehran Baharestan Square : Statue of Seyed Hasan Modarres sitting under the Iranian Flag enjoying the pool and water fountains pointing his finger towards the Majlis. Modarres was a notable cleric and supporter of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution.
|| Iranian security forces guarding the notorious Evin Prison Aug, 2008. AKA Zendan-e Evin, it is a prison in Iran, located in Evin, northwestern Tehran. It is noted for its political prisoners' wing especially its 209 ward,
| Heavy Snow in Rasht, Winter of 1950. In 20th century, extreme weather conditions have been recorded in Iran. In 1972, 3 meters of snow across rural areas in northwestern, central and southern Iran buried some cities leaving 4000 dead.
|| Sun sets in the horizon of South Pars on the Persian Gulf March, 2009. South Pars is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar covering an area of 9,700 sq. km, of which 3,700 sq.km is in Iranian waters.
|| The South Pars / North Dome field is a natural gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar holding an estimated 51 trillion CBM of in-situ natural gas and 7.9 billion CBM of condensates.
|| Police guarding Camp Ashraf base of MKO in Iraq on Dec, 9, 2011 against mounting discontent with US protection of the terrorist group since invasion of Iraq in 2003. Populist flags bearing figures of Shia saints used for deception of public did not work.
| In Dec, 2011 the Mamloo Dam which is located 45 kilometers east of the capital Tehran almost reached its capacity of 250mln cubic meters of water and the project was in its final phases to supply drinking water to fast growing population of Tehran.
|| Entrance to underground a 3km long Tohid Tunnel of Tehran with a view from the snowy Alborz Mountains; considered a marvel of Iranian engineering that connects Chamran to Navvab Safavi expressway built under one of the most populated areas in the city.
|| Iranian technician Majid Afshari checks oil separator facilities in Azadegan field, near Ahvaz. Iran lacked sufficient refining capacity sold imported fuel at heavily subsidized prices. After rationing in effect since 2008, consumption dropped sharply.
|| View of the historical city of Samarkand-Uzbekistan with splendid Teimurid Bibi Khanoom Mosque. Uzbekistan was once part of the Persian Samanid realm.Samarqand was a a trade hub on the Silk Road and one of the most influential Iranian cities of antiquity.
| A view of Historical Palangan (leopards) Apartment village perched above a river 47 km north-west of Kamyaran in Kurdistan province, about 660 km southwest of Tehran on May 11, 2011. It takes about 2 hours from Sanandaj to Palangan with a stop at Kamyaran
|| An Iranian Girl shows off her Traditional Dress at Darreh Setaregan (Valley of Stars) in Qeshm Island December 23, 2011.Qeshm is the largest island in the Persian Gulf, with rocky coastlines that protects a mountainous and often beautiful interior.
|| Traditional Decoration at a Restaurant at Darband with an achaemenid spearman guarding the gate and a pair of mil driven from Gorz, a special tool for workout in Iranian Zoorkhaneh (House of Power) originally an ancient martial arts practiced secretly.
|| Norooz in Meydan-e Madar (Mother Square) in Tehran. City sets Haftseen around town with statues dressed in traditional clothes holding baskets of colorful eggs, fruits, flowers etc. A bowl of goldfish, Sabzeh and Haji Firooz complete the image.
| In an effort to beautify the elevated Bridge in Seyyed Khandan district of Tehran, a small Pool with water Fountains has been made that does not add any beauty to the scary concrete structure and heavy traffic overwhelms the sound of water.
|| Hamam-e Golshan is a historical Persian bath complex located in Vahdat Square of Lahijan. It is sharing the same fate with Iran's other historical sites which are systematically being destroyed replaced by soulless structures.
|| A cheap replica of the Darvazeh Qazvin is installed at Meydan-e Qazvin Square in Tehran where once stood a beautiful water fountain on top of splendid statues. Tehran's historical sites have systematically been destroyed replaced by soulless structures.
|| Invasion of Sidewalks by Motorcycles in front of the historical National City Park of Tehran: Dec, 2011.
| Zoroaster Temple is a mountain peak in Grand Canyon, Arizona USA. In this photo Zoroaster Temple dominates the skyline.
|| A Stream passing in the middle of Dowlatabad Garden (Bagh e Dolatabad ) in Yazd. This garden is one of the famous Iranian gardens and was built during the time of Mohammad Taqi Khan, who ruled Yazd in Zand Dynasty
|| Aerial view from Tehran's Valiahd Square (now:Valiasr) and adjoining Elizabeth Boulevard (Keshavarz) in 1977, Polidor (Qods) Cinema. A nice pool in the middle, Peykan cars, Konica and National ads give a nice sense of Tehran in 1970s.
|| Female students gather at Tehran University central Library in 1970s. In 1937, the formerly males-only university opened its doors to women as part of the country's sweeping universal education policy. The school was officially inaugurated that same year.
| The Imam Sadegh University of Tehran was the first university to open after the cultural revolution at the Shahriar Industrial Group Building which used to be the Iranian Management Studies Center supervised by the Harvard University.
|| Iranian Women wearing Chador pass Qom Martyrs Cemetery on March, 31, 1979. Photo by: Christine Spengler. Paying tributes to death, especially martyrs is a tradition among most Iranians during special occasions such as Iranian Festivities including Norooz.
|| Abadan under occupation during World War II. Russian Pilots are assembling Airplanes arriving from USA in 1943. following Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in 1941, Reza Shah's son was installed as puppet Shah of Iran and ruled until 1979.
|| A border post over the Jolfa-Nakhjevan Bridge over the Aras River that connects two sides of Azerbaijan by railway built during Reza Shah's reign. It became the scene of a fiece fighting between 3 Iranian guards and the Red Army in 1941.
| The beautiful Khezr Beach on the Hormoz Island of the Persian Gulf in 2008. Hormuz Island also spelled Hormoz is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. It is located in the Strait of Hormoz and is part of the Hormozgan Province.
|| The Arc of Triumph also called the Swords of Qadisiyah opened to the public on August 8, 1989, it's is an allusion to the historical Battle of Qadesiya holds 5,000 helmets of Iranian soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq War.
|| Achaemenid Cyrus The Great Cylinder in London Museum. The inscription left by the Achaemenid king, Cyrus The Great after liberation of Babylon which is referred to as the first chapter of human rights which strictly banned slavery throughout the empire.
|| The history of Eram Garden of Shiraz goes back to legends. It was of great importance during Seljuk reign. Near the end of Zand dynasty, the Eram Garden had been in Ghashghayi tribe possession for 75 years.
| House of Ghavam Garden of Shiraz, where the famous Pahlavi University Asia Institute was founded by Arthur Pope and Richard Frye.The University has over 13,000 students, with 53 B.A., B.S. programs , 61 Master's degrees programs (M.A., M.S.)
|| A commercial ship at the harbor near the Portuguese Castle in Hormoz Island on shores of the Persian Gulf.Hormuz Island was liberated on Apr, 21, 1622. from Portuguese invasion by Shah Abbas the Great with help from the British navy.
|| Remains of a Portuguese Castle on the Qeshm Island is a tourist attraction. In 1515, Albuquerque returned to Persian Gulf with 27 battleships and started an occupation that lasted for almost a century until Shah Abbas the Great kicked them out.
|| Signs of ancient Elamite civilization in the city of Izeh in Khuzestan province of Iran at the valley of Kulefarah Prayer. The greater embossed figure on the rock seems to be the king or head priest conducting a mass very similar to todays prayers.
| Satellite image from Urmia Lake/Azarbaijan in 2003 (L) & 2010 ®.Construction of a dam and recent drought has significantly decreased the annual amount of water Lake Orumieh receives raising salinity thus endangering the ecosystem.
|| Sassanid Tisfun Taghekasra. Tisfun rose to prominence during the Parthian Empire in the 1st century BC, and was the seat of government for most of its rulers.
|| Shushtar Watermills have a beautiful view on the Karoon River in Khuzestan province. Shushtar is approximately 92 km away from Ahvaz. In the Achaemenid times its name was Shurkutir. The ancient fortress walls were destroyed at the end of the Safavid era.
|| Karachi Parsi Students School in 1873. The Parsis, followers of Zoroaster, were the descendants of those who fled Persia after the Arab invasion in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape religious persecution.
| Ruins of the Ghandahar Citadel in1881 where Nader Shah laid a siege on March, 10, 1737 and took the city after more than a year. An assault by Bakhtiyari forces after right Norooz 1738 leaded to a fierce struggle that ended with Nader Shah's victory.
|| Shiraz Quran Gate 1977 Pahlavi. Quran Gate is a historic gate in the southern-central Iranian city of Shiraz. It is located at the northeastern entrance of the city, on the way to Marvdasht and Isfahan.
|| Illustration of a British Pirate battleship attacking Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf. Starting from the 16th centuriy, Europeans mastered naval navigation and plundered America and Africa and left them in misery. The Persian Gult was no exception.
|| A beautiful view of the Persian Gulf in the city of Bandar Abbas. Bandar-Abbas; formerly known as Gombroon to English traders and Gamrun to Dutch merchants) is a port city and capital of Hormozgan Province on the southern coast of Iran,
| A panorama vew of Tehran where the Damavand Mountain can be seen covered with snow at surise.Civilization in Tehran has 3000 years of history. The earliest documents referring to the name Tehran date back to 10th Century.
|| Panorama view of Tehran at Night. Tehran has a legendary history going back to Sheat (Adam's son) and 3000 years old tombs in Gheytariyeh testifies a great advanced civilization in this area. Tehran used to be an agricultural area north of the city of Ray
|| A panorama view of Hamedan at Night: Circular lights clearly depict the form of the ancient Median city which consisted of 7 circles. Each circle was inhabited by people of a a certain social status where the king and the royal family lived in the center.
|| Panorama view of the cityof Yazd from Amir Chakhmakh. The city has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the time of the Median Empire, when it was known as Ysatis (or Issatis). The present city name has however been Yazdan, Persian word for God.
| Panorama view of Perspolis the Achaemenid glory. Takhtejamshid; The throne of Jamshid : Ancient Persian city, northeast of modern Shiraz, Iran. Grey limestone was the main building material used in Persepolis.
|| Perspolis Achaemenid Panorama view. Perspolis was built in a remote and mountainous area during the reign of Dariush I, who made it the ceremonial capital of Persia, replacing Pasargadae and was completed during the reign of his son, King Xerxes.
|| Azadi Square (Persian for freedom) is a city square and International symbol of the city of Tehran.
It has an area of about 50,000 m2, plus adjacent areas, and is the largest square in Tehran and the second largest in Iran.
|| Beautiful view of Kerman Prince Palace and Garden (Bagh-e-Shazdeh) at Night.The garden was built for Abdolhamid Mirza Naserodolleh during the eleven years of his governorship in the Qajar dynasty but unfinished, due to his death in early 1890s.
| Kerman's Mosque or the Masjid gate through which Qajar king Agha Mohammad Khan entered the city and killed or blinded all male civilians. In 1794 Lotfali Khan captured Kerman where he was besieged in for six months by Agha Mohammad Khan.
|| The Birjand city and its riverbed at the beginning of the twentieth century as seen by Henry Savage Landor in his illustrated book ACROSS COVETED LANDS, a journey from Holland to Calcutta in 1902.
|| Alliance girls school in Nahavand in 1935 during a parade right after enforced lifting of the Hijab. These Jewish schools were first founded in Tehran on Feb, 22, 1988, then Hamadan in 1900, Isfahan in 1901, Shiraz and Sanandaj in 1903, Kermanshah in 1904
|| A Caravan of Silver arrives at the British Imperial Bank Persia. Qajar did not have its own banking system and the economy was based on finding resources (loans) to cover the royal court expenses.
| Panorama view of Naghsh Rostam in Persis. Naqsh-e Rostam is an archaeological site located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in Fars province, Iran. Naqsh-e Rostam lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab.
|| Iran Air, has commenced flights to Belgrade to refuel. Most of Iran Air’s services originating from Western Europe to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport now land in Belgrade in order to refuel due to imposed sanctions.
|| A Caravan is passing the Qajar era Rasht Tehran Road. Built in Jan, 1899, it connected Pir-Bazar to Qazvin and Tehran. The journey took 72-80 hours, a week in bad weather conditions for that many teahouses (Khahvekhaneh) were available for travellers.
|| Tomb of Pahlavi Queen Sorayya Esfandiari in Westfriedhof Munich/Germany, along with her parents and brother. Queen Sorayya died of undisclosed causes in her apartment in Paris, France; she was 69.
| An beautiful undated photo from Roodsar probably1960s with a Volkswagen caravan sitting on the street and kids playing the park. Roodsar meaning River-Head has rivers running along each side of the city.
|| Nice Brick-works on the Roof of the historical Tabriz Bazaar one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. It was registered as World Heritage Site with UNESCO in July 2010.
|| The holy Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf city of Iraq in 1932.Imam Ali instructed that his burial place should remain a secret because of his enemies. Abbasi Caliph Harunolrashid ordered a mausoleum to be built on the spot where the town of Najaf grew.
|| The holy Imam Hossein Mosque in the Karbala city of Iraq in 1932. Karbala is one of the holiest cities for Shiite Muslims such as Mecca, Medina, and Najaf. The Battle of Karbala on the day of Ashura on October 10, 680 AD.
| Excavation site in the Parthian Nesa City in modern Turkmenistan. The city of Nesa or Partha-Nesa is the oldest known residence of Parthians which used to be near modern Ashkabad city of Turkmenistan.
|| Sun sets on Alborz mountains north of Tehran. The blue dome of Hosseiniyeh Ershad on Shariati street casts a nice background during the first days of 2011. Those hanging cables and crazy traffic are signs of oriental urbanization without a plan.
|| Safavi Isfahan Naghshejahan Square constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It's the world's second largest square. The photo probably belongs to Qajar era.
|| The Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad is a luxurious Mausoleum with its Golden Dome and minaret. Imam Reza was the seventh descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the eighth of the Twelve Imams. His given name was Ali-ebne-Musa-bne-Jafar.
| A family photo taken in by the shore of the Gilan Sea in Anzali circa 1950s. Children play around a Russian made Pabeda automobile and the liscence plate is 9-R meaning that it was the 9th car in Rasht, explaining the attention.
|| Qajar era a beggar in Tehran photographed by Antoine Khan Sevruguin 1880. He was a royal photographer from Shah Naseroddin Shah to Reza Shah. He photographed and documented the traditional ways of life of different people.
|| Amazing! Google map reveals the Star of David on the roof of Tehran Mehrabad Airport 31 years after the Islamic Revolution.
|| The giganitic (200x40m) Farhad Tarash is an incomplete Sassanid relief in Kermanshah, Bisotoun Mountain. According to a legend in Shahnameh of Ferdowsi it's the witness of an ancient love story about Farhad who dug the mountain for his love Shirin.
| A sketch from the tomb of Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi in Ghazneh c. 1940. Ferdowsi had dedicated a part of Shahnameh to him but the Sultan did not reward him as promised maybe because Ferdowsi openly being a Shiite Muslim although Mahmoud was a Sunni zealot.
|| They city of Ghazneh in Afghanistan in 2005. This picture mirrors the painting made during the 1839, British occupation during the first Anglo Afghan War. Ghazneh is the birthplace of Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi, founder of the Ghaznavi Dynasty.
|| A sketch from the city of Ghazneh during Qajar era (around 1840) made by Lt. James Rattray from the British army before separation from motherland, Colonial presence only brings misery to civilians, although the greed never quenched.
|| The entrance to Shah Cheragh Mausoleum in Shiraz during Ashura of 2009. The holy shrine is considered one of the 3 most sacred places in Iran after Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad and St. Masoumeh Shrine in Qom.
| Turning the Lahijan Lake, the most important tourist attraction of the city into a what? The path is used by people for jogging and enjoying fresh weather, natural view, etc.
|| Armenian Monastry of Saint Stephen in Jolfa W.Azarbaijan has been registered with UNESCO as World Heritage.
|| Historical Tehran: Toopkhaneh Square covered with Snow. Two cars are parked in front of the Imperial Bank of Persia whose fences are visible. A horse carriage is waiting in front of the old Nazmiyeh building which was later destroyed.
|| Houses of the Iranian Qeshm Island located in the Strait of Hormoz along the Persian Gulf. The minaret and the Palm trees tell a lot about the Island. Qeshm has had great strategic importance since the Kiani Dynasty.
| Stairways leading to Sheikh Zahed Mausoleum in Lahijan. Alongside its religious value, the area is a has many touristic attractions with its splenidid nature, nice climate, and warm people.
|| Tehran Toopkhaneh/Sepah Square 1930s. The building belonged to the Imperial Bank of Persia is seen on the east side of the square. Fortunately it is still remaining quite in shape to this date and is operated by Bank Tejarat of Iran.
|| Tehran Qajar era: The entrance to the British Embassy on Ferdowsi ave. The Ferdowsi site was purchased in 1860s at a cost of 20,000 Tomans. In 1906, during the Constitutional Monarchy Movement about 15,000 people took refuge here.
|| Khuzestan 1929: Reza Shah's automobile passes the Karoon River on the boats tied together. Despite its huge mineral wealth and natural resources, the area remained backwards due to British imperialistic policies.
| Tehra's Jaleh Street (Mojahedeen Eslam), 1937. People wait for drinking Water at the Sardar water station! Such water depots served people of Tehran before a piping system was complete around 1950s.
|| A special ceremony is taking place at the entrance of the Tehran Bazaar during Qajar era. The historical place is called the Sabzemeydan Square, Emamzadeh Zeyd or Lotfali Khan entrance now being re-constructed to its historical shape.
|| Tehran's Tajrish Square 1921.Until the 1970s, Tajrish and Shemiranat were recreationional areas north of Tehran relatively disconnected from Tehran's urban core but was easily accessible and became a popular vacationing spot.
|| People enjoy a football game in Tehran's Amjadiyeh Sports Complex in autumn 1936. The Alborz mountain range is covered with snow. Amjadiyeh developed quickly and witnessed early days of Iranian soccer but lost popularity after the Azadi complex was built.
| Qajar Women carrying fire wood pass by the Tomb of Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great, founder of the country of Iran in the historical Pasargadae site. Almost all human beings in the world respect Cyrus as the first protector of human rights.
|| Mashhad holy Imam Reza's Shrine and a view of the City during 1970s before major developments took place. Imam Reza's shrine is a major Shiite pilgrimage site of great historical and religious value.
|| Afghanistan Ghandahar Gate Herat 1933. Today's Kandahar is the second largest city in Afghanistan; Ghandahar used to be the provincial capital of Arachosia, a satrapy of the Achaemenid and Sassanid Empires.
|| Water Fountains at Tehran's Beyhaghi bus Terminal make a hot summer day more bearable. Beyhaghi Park & Ride was developed in 1993 by Tehran municipality in order to facilitate city transportation and avoid heavy traffic.
| The Mausoleum of Dr Moein is located in the middle of a beautiful park Astaneh city of Gilan. Dr. Moein was the author of Farhang-e-Moein which is one of the first Persian encyclopedic glossaries.
|| Ferdowsi's tomb present day IRI. He was born in Khorasan in a village near Toos, in 935 CE His great epic The Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings), to which he devoted most of his adult life, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan.
|| Toos in Khorasan province of Iran. The Ferdowsi Mausoleum in Qajar era. Ferdowsi gave the final and enduring form to the Persian national epic, the Shahnameh (completed с 1010; "Book of Kings"), a poem based mainly on an earlier prose history.
|| The Clock Tower and Square of Sari On March 21, 1782, Agha Mohammad Khan proclaimed Sari as his imperial capital. For strategic reasons, later the capital was transferred to Tehran by Fathali Shah Qajar.
| Visitors perform prayers inside the Imam Khomeini Shrine in Tehran's Behesht Zahra Cemetery. Imam Khomeini was the leader of the revolution in 1979 and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Posters of his sons hang on the wall.
|| Tranquil under the clouds at Anzali Seaport, at sunset, July, 2010. The historical Anzali harbor at the Anzali bay area by the Caspian Sea, the greatest lake in the world. A row of cranes loading and unloading goods behind the customs area.
|| Different means of postal delivery are on display at Tehran's ICT Museum. A blue Bicycle, a horse carriage, a Tricycle postal car, and a Plane at service in Mehrshar of Karaj, are fragments of a network of hard-work and dedication.
|| Neishabour: the Mausoleum of Attar Neishabouri, a prominent poet whose works became basis for Sufism. Attar lands of love are: Quest, Love, Understanding, Independence and Detachment, Unity, Astonishment and Bewilderment, Deprivation and Death
| Bagh-e-Ferdows Palace and Garden is located near Tajrish on Valiasr Ave of Tehran. Iran's museum of cinema is now located at this place. The construction of the two flat building was started during Mohammad Shah's reign.
|| Tabriz American Memorial School 42th term opening on Aug, 30,1923.Established in Tabriz in 1881 as a prominent school of its kind. the school was renamed Parvin High School after the World War II.
|| Cossack Soldiers smoking something in Birjand in 1909. After establishment of British colony in India the once Silk Road trade route along Afghanistan gradually became a drug addicted area. Birjand used to be the most beautiful town in the Quhestan.
|| On a hot summer day, water fountains play vigorously inside a round pool in Moallem Park of Tehran. The building of the Ancient Iran Museum in the background is only one of many attractions in this historical part of Tehran. June, 2010.
| Statue of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi standing at a Square in the city of Sanandaj in 1950. There were too many of such statues which were brought down and destroyed in the heat of the revolution. They'd be a tourist attraction otherwise.
|| An Aerial view from the ancient city of Marv in today's Turkmenistan. Marv is mentioned in ancient Persian texts as Mouru and in cuneiform inscriptions as Margu and was the seat of a Satrapy of the Persian Achaemenid Empire.
|| A green light shines on top of the dome of the Mausoleum of Firooz Nahavandi, a main attraction in Kashan. Also known as Abu-Lolo, he was the Iranian who assassinated Caliph Omar Khattab and took the revenge of Iranians whose country was invaded.
|| Statue of Mirza Kouchak Khan, sitting on horse in Shahrdari Square of Rasht covered by Snow in winter 2005. Heavy snow caused severe damage to agriculture, many roofs collapsed and food became scarce for a while in Gilan.
| Aerial view from the ancient Hawler Castle of Arbela in today's Erbil in Kurdistan of Iraq. It was founded by Aramaic tribes and became a religious center during the Assyrian kingdom with a temple dedicated to Ishtar.
|| Menarjonban (Shaking Minarets) Mausoleum is one of the main tourist attractions of Isfahan. Built in 8 century AH, shaking one minaret not maked the other one swing. Every half an hour, a person climbs up the building and performs the show.
|| At a historical Mosque in the city of Isfahan. An Old Man is praying on beautiful hand-made carpets. The window are decorated with colorful glasses, and there's a nice tile work on the walls and the roofs. A stack of Mohr is available for prayers.
|| An old postcard from Ferdowsi Mausoleum from early 1970s. The monument is located in the middle of a nice garden with a beautiful pool that creates a nice atmosphere for people to enjoy the day.
| On a rainy day, a black and a white horse greet visitors at the gate of the chess park at Ajoodaniyeh, Tehran. The magnificent park which used to be a garden, with tall trees invite chess fans to games. Chess is an ancient Iranian board game.
|| Tehran's historical Baghemelli Entrance in 1950s with a view of Alborz Mountains in the background filled with snow. It's probably late winter or early in the spring. The entrance which leads to United Nations St. is no more open to traffic.
|| Tehran Ferdowsi Square Spring 2010: The statue of the great Iranian poet is facing south in tranquil. Young men are resting under the shadows of the trees. The earth, water and the sky have made a peaceful environment despite the heavy traffic around.
|| Isfahan's 33pol or Allahverdi bridge in 2009. Photographers lined up in front of this historical monument from Safavid era, in order to gain their share of millions of tourists flocking to this beautiful city every year.
| Tehran Ottoman Embassy 1909: A group of supporters of Constitutional Monarchy including merchants, clerics, and others sought refuge at the Ottoman Embassy for almost a year.
|| Two women in their chadors and their children sit in the rubbles of what seems to be a mosque in Khorramshahr, the city which which became the Iranian symbol of resistence, sacrifice and martyrdom.
|| Tehran Ferdowsi Square 1950s; The old sitting statue of Ferdowsi, great Iranian poet that revived Persian language was replaced around 1960s. Ferdowsi is looking southbound, and the shadows indicate it must be 1-2 in the afternoon.
|| Tehran Ferdowsi Square around 1957. There's an older statue of Ferdowsi sitting in the middle of the square. Just a few cars are circulating the city among which Volkswagen, Jeep and Fords are noticeable.
| A statur Statue standing at Tehran's Hasanabad Square around 1957 with a beautiful fountain in the middle. A bank destroyed part of this beauty during late Pahlavi era, and it's never been restored to its glorious days.
|| Tehran Majlis Pahlavi era late 1950s. American cars lined up in front of the Iranian parliament gate guarded by soldiers with two lions on top. The buiding with high Achaemenid columns and a clock that shows 7:25.
|| Gilan Siahkal Pashouran Lake and God made Gilan the heaven on earth… Gilan province, with a myriad of natural, historical, and touristic attractions shines like a star in the skies of Iran as the main tourist destination during holidays.
|| Gholhak district of Tehran, Dowlat intersection in 1950. Among all types of import cars: Volkswagen and Jeep are noticeable. With snow filled Alborz mountains in the background and crowds of people on both sides of the street, it's a wonderful photograph.
| A Funny method of Bike Transport in Tehran: A young man has to sit on rolls of goods on the back of a bike to save on costs. The rider is sitting inconveniently but obeys the enforced safety regulation of wearing a helmet. Doing business is difficult.
|| A Tea processing Apparatus on display at Lahijan's Kashefossaltaneh Museum. A Poster of Kashefossaltaneh is hanging on the wall.
|| A black Peugeot 206 passes by Tehran's Vanak Square 2009. After 1979 revolution, Iran became a major importer of French cars. More than %20 of Peugeot sales are in Iran, according to official figures.
|| Achaemenid Dariush II Tomb in Naghshe Rostam is the last from right of the four tombs 23m high and 19m width shaped as a cross. On the top side, the image of Dariush II is seen in front of Ahoura Mazda and Eternal Fire.
| Achaemenid Artaxerxes I Tomb in Naghshe Rostam is the third from right of the four tombs 23m high and 19m width shaped as a cross. On the top side, the image of the king is seen in front of Ahoura Mazda and Eternal Fire.
|| Achaemenid Dariush The Great Tomb in Naghshe Rostam is the second of four tombs 23m high and 19m width shaped as a cross. On the top side, the image of the king is seen in front of Ahoura Mazda and Eternal Fire.
|| Achaemenid Xerxes Tomb in Naghshe Rostam is the first of four tombs 23m high and 19m width shaped as a cross. On the top side, the image of the king is seen in front of Ahoura Mazda and Eternal Fire.
|| A modern pharmacy near the end of Qajar era in1921
| Shiraz Qajar Bagh-e-Takht (Throne Garden) is a historical place in Shiraz located in outskirts of the Babakoohi mountain north of the city inside a military garrison .
|| A young Iranian waving the Iranian Flag in Tehran's Azadi Square during 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic IRI/Feb, 11, 2010
|| Isfahan 1704 : A sketch of what seems to be a part of Naghshejahan Square by Dutch explorer and artist Cornelis de Bruijn
|| Pasargadae: Pine trees decorate the road that leads to Cyrus The Great Tomb Jan, 2010. Cyrus the great was the founder of Iran and the Achaemenid dynasty
| Many Motorcycles pollute Isfahan's Historical Bazaar Jan,2010. The 5km long Bazaar with a nice roof made of bricks also surrounds the Naghshejahan square.
|| Birds fly by the pool in front of Isfahan's Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque from the balcony of the Alighapoo Palace. Jan, 2010. The crane in the background clearly depicts Isfahan's continous struggle to preserve its historical identity against human greed.
|| Shiraz Hafez Mausoleum is always filled with enthusiastic fans from all around the world. A girl is looking up Divan of Hafez which are words of heart used for fortunetelling. Jan, 2010
|| Tehran 1938 : Children dance to the music at Pahlavi Kindergarten
| Kazeroon Shapour Inscriptions/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| A Commercial Firm in Rasht./ Photograph from Qajar era
|| Shiraz Quran Gate 1969/ Photograph from Qajar era.Two precious Qurans written by Shahrokh Gurkani, known to weight Hefdah-man used to be kept at the small room on top for blessing to passengers.
|| Abadeh Inn and national Garden were registered as national heritage in 1938/ Photograph from Qajar era
| Iranian flag waving on top of the Bibi Shahrbanou Mausoleum in a Mountain also in her name Rhagae. Bibi Shahrbanou who was a daughter of Yazdgerd III, and wife of Imam Hossein sought shelter here while escaping the Yazidi killers.
|| Site of the Chaldiran Battle in which Shah Ismail Safavid was defeated due to lack of modern arms.Consequences of this defeat were psychological for Shah Ismail and destroyed Ismail's belief in his invincibility, based on his claimed divine status.
|| Fouman's Municipality Clock Square
|| Iranian School Bus: 5 minor students travel on the back of a motorcycle in a poor province of Iran.
| Fouman Masouleh : View from the window of a village house where people use for lodging
|| An artificial stream and a mall Waterfall adorn Kashefossaltaneh Mausoleum in Lahijan city in Gilan province
|| The amazing touristic Kangool (probably redwood) Tree near Emamzadeh Isaac in Siahkooh (Black Mountain) district of the Shaft city of the Gilan province.
|| Girl Students from a primary school in 1923
| Tehran Dowlat Gate
|| Iranian in their traditional Qajar costumes in a bakery(Sangaki) making traditional bread named Sangak which is baked on a bed of small stones.
|| Tehran Danesh primary school in 1904
|| Iran Iraq War displaced millions of citizens from their homes. Some refugees line for food distributed from a military tent.
| Statue of a dinosaur welcomes visitors at the entrance of Nature & Wild Life Museum Darabad/Tehran
|| Fouman's Traditional Koloocheh which is a special kind of cookie made with cinnamon, walnuts, and eggs attracts thousands of people from around Iran. Fouman is a beautiful city in the Gilan province.
|| For almost 4 decades, Manjil windmills have been generating electricity which is an model of green energy.
|| Iran Iraq War , A young boy sleeping by the side of a tank while holding his Kalashnikov in Khorramshahr. Iranians had to defend the country with their blood and basic arms while the enemy was armed to its teeth.
| Salesmen at a Qajar-era Grocery Shop, fruits and vegetables are set in trays. Watermelons, garlic and pumpkins are hanging.
|| Khorramshahr : Two Military Boats Sunken in water. The city was heavily looted and damages during the Iraq raid.
|| A Dog wandering in Rubbles of Khorramshahr. Imam Khomeini' poster on the wall.
|| Khorramshahr city in Rubbles seen in back, There's a Poster of a Mother holding his Child who has fallen Martyr. Many underage children participated and were killed in the indecisive war that lasted for 8 years.
| Palm Trees destroyed by Fire of the war in Khorramshahr were once resources of income for local citizens who died, or were injured. Many citizens had to flee their homes and face hard times while western countries imposed sanctions on Iran.
|| A Street in Khorramshahr where Barricades show heroic Resistence by ordinary people against the fully armed Iraqi forces that invaded the city.
|| Tehran Darvazeh Dowlat : Modern style encountering Traditional school of thought.
|| Tehran Mosalla Construction 2009
| A view from the inside of Portugese Castle in Qeshm Island
|| A panaroma view of the Abadan Port seen from a tanker in the Persian Gulf
|| Shushtar City Landscape
|| Karoon River: A Boat sails towards Shushtar 1914
| Kish Island: 2500 year old city of Kariz is located 16 meters Underground
|| Bazaar of Tehran Emamzadeh Zeyd / Sabzemeydan Square Entrance 2009. Sabzemeydan (Greens Square) is the name of a few historical districts in cities around Iran which traditionally used to be a distribution hub for fruits and vegetables.
|| Tehran's iconic Golestan Palace looks more like a dump Sep, 2009. Iranian national heritage?
|| A man Sleeping at Tehran's crowded Imam Khomeini Square
| Tehran Danesh School 1941
|| Shiraz Barmedelak :Rock Relief of Two Sassanid kings probably Bahram and Shapour during a ceremony at the firealtar
|| Rhagae Abdolazim Dome 1864
|| A very beautiful shot :Taban Air's Tupolev Tu-154 airplane passes by Milad Tower with Alborz Mountains in the background Tehran 2008
| Kufa Imam Ali House
|| Tehran entrance towards Tajrish Square from Pahlavi ave, Wolkswagons are noticeable in1960s
|| Mazandaran Savadkooh : A beautiful view from the historical Veresk Bridge
|| Tabas 1980 : Debris of an American Military Plane after invasion of Iran (Operation Fried Eagle).
| Helicopter flying over 2000 year old Kerman Bam Citadel ruins after a major Earthquake on Dec, 26, 2003
|| Mazandaran Savadkooh Veresk Bridge
|| Yazd : Tower of Silence
|| Tabriz El Goli Palace
| Shushtar Watermills 500 m long overflow dam over the Karoon, was the core structure of the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a large irrigation complex from which Shushtar derived its agricultural productivity,
|| Yazd Taft Eagle Mountain
|| Yazd Windmills (windcatchers) serve as green energy ventilation
|| Abbasabad historical site is located 6 km to Behshahr in Mazandaran Province, famous for its greenery and beauty besides its historic significance. As the name suggests, the castle was built during the reign of Shah Abbas of the Safavian Dynasty.
| Kermanshah Cave Tombs Median
|| Garmsar National Park: Bahram Goor's Palace. The Shah Abbas (Bahram) palace is square in shape with six towers and two gateways, standing to the north and south. The structure has been made of white large polished limestone blocks.
|| Tehran Eram Park Magic Castle (Ghale-ye-Sehramiz) Amusement Park
|| Tehran Eram Park Museum Money Entrance
| Tehran Mother (Madaar) or Mohseni Square: a modern arts Statue 2009. The mother figure is a common theme in many pieces of art such as sculpture, painting and poetry.
|| Tabriz Kandovan Stone Village
|| Kermanshah Kangavar Anahita Temple
|| Shiraz : A linear Solar Panel Power Plant is inaugurated in a move to create green energy
| Kandovan Village Tabriz People hanging cloths in their balcony
|| Kandovan Village Tabriz Stairs
|| Qom Jamkaran Mosque 2008
|| Kashan Niasar World Heritage 2008
| Rhagae's 8000 years old Cheshmeh Ali is located south of the Rhagae city walls with abundant water. It's said to be the birthplace of Zoroaster's mother. The fountain's ancient name used to Sorena and it was close to Anahita temple.
|| Rhagae Babouyeh cemetery famous wrestler Takhti's Tomb 2009
|| Rhagae Ebne-Babouyeh Sheikh Sedoogh Shrine 2009
|| Rhagae Enbe-Babouyeh Sheikh Sedoogh Mausoleum 2009
| Rhagae Ebne Babouyeh Entrance 2009
|| Lahijan Fountain by the lake
|| Fouman Masouleh traditional Bakery, so that tourists won't be hungry
|| Fouman Masouleh the entrance to the traditional Bazaar
| Fouman Masouleh View from top of the village overlooking the River
|| Fouman Masouleh View from the Top of the village
|| Fouman Masouleh : A beautiful little Mosque is like the Islamic emerald of the village
|| Fouman Masouleh : Accomodation is available for overnight stay. Not quite a like lucury hotels but still reservation is required for hot seasons.
| Fouman Masouleh : Green Dome of the mosque shows that some saint from prophet Mohammad's dissidents is buried there.
|| Fouman Masouleh all Paths end to the traditional bazaar
|| A beautiful landscape shows Fouman Masouleh village in harmony with Nature
|| Fouman Masouleh Mountain Houses depict a strange harmony between man and nature
| Fouman Masouleh : A small corridor shows how the Roofs of village Houses are practically interconnected.
|| In Fouman's Masouleh village the Roof of a house is the porch of the neighor's house, a different type of appartments.
|| Landscape from the road by the river from Fouman's Masouleh
|| From over the Masouleh Bridge, a panaroma view of the site is possible
| Up the hill Road by the Riverside in Fouman's historical village of Masouleh - Gilan
|| Fouman Masouleh Mosque House
|| A view from Fouman's historical village of Masouleh and its Mosque
|| Fouman Bazaar : A traditional Copperware Shop
| Statue of Anahita riding a chariot pulled by horses in a square in Fouman. Chariots figure prominently in Indo-Iranian mythology. Chariots are also important in Hindu and Persion mythologies, in which deities are portrayed as charioteers.
|| Fouman: A nice Alachigh (bower) inside a village Teahouse
|| Anzali Shore Park
|| Tehran Alborz Twin Waterfall Shirpala Camp Snow
| Qazvin Alamout Castle cheep donkey ride is available for fun or people with disabilities
|| Qazvin: Rocks form Shapes that resemble Human face on top of the Alamout Castle
|| Tehran Alborz Twin Waterfalls Shirpala mountain Camp
|| Tehran Alborz mountain heights Twin Waterfalls (Abshar Dogholoo) Spring 2008
| Tehran Saadi Street Mokhberoddoleh crossing
|| Naderi Sun (Khorshid) Palace is located in Kalat 150km north of Khorasan
|| Tehran Haghani Park a Modern Arts Statue among March Flower
|| Tehran Haghani Park Statue Modern Arts
| Tehran Alborz mountain heights Twin Waterfalls (Abshar dogholoo)
|| Lahijan Sheikh Zahed Mausoleum Staiways
|| Tehran Mellat Park Lake with a beautiful view of the Alborz Mountain in the background Feb, 2009
|| Roodbar is always windy and windmill towers are a source of green energy that generate electricity
| Gilan Sefidrood River Dam
|| Qom Salt Lake
|| Qom Bazaar Roof
|| Qom Ancient Bazaar
| Qom Green Dome Garden Tombs located in Darvazeh Kashan inside of a garden. One Tomb belongs to Ali Safi, and others are resting place of Saad, Saeed and Masood who were three Ashari leaders,
|| A local women talking in Kerman's historical Meymand village of Babak city.
|| A local man standing on the porch of his rock house in Kerman's historical Meymand village of Babak city
|| A local woman walking in Kerman's historical Meymand village of Babak city
| A tourist poses in Perspolis Gate on the stairs. Figure of an embossed lion devouring a bull is remarkable.
|| One of the oldest photographs taken from the Perspolis The Gate of All Nations or Gate of Xerxes palace.The structure consisted of one large room whose roof was supported by four stone columns with bell-shaped bases.
|| Landscape view of primitive houses in Kerman's historical Meymand village of Babak city.
|| Famous Persian port Hafez Mausoleum Garden Shiraz 1951. Activities to restore and expand the memorial to Hafez began in 1931 and the Hāfezieh was altered by a governor of Fars and Isfahan, Farajollah Bahrāmi Dabir-e Azam.
| Rescue workers look on as flood devastates Qom in April, 2009. The river bed where cars park was always dry.
|| Ahvaz White Bridge (Pol-e-Sefid) Karoon River Khuzestan Construction
|| Tehran Pahlavi Street 1955
|| Hajj Pilgrims perform rituals around holy Mecca in Saudi Arabia
| The Quran Gate was first built during the reign of Adoododdoleh during the Zand dynasty, during restoration a small room on top was added, in which hand-written Qurans by Sultan Ibrahim Bin Shahrokh Gurkani were kept.
|| Eram garden and palace in Shiraz
|| Pilgrims of Light: Tourists visit scenes of the Iran Iraq War
|| Choghazanbil Palace Susa Khuzestan
| Millions of Muslim pilgrims flock to the symbol of martyrdom, Imam Hossein's Shrine in Karbala-Iraq
|| Hajj Pilgrims perform rituals around holy Mecca in Saudi Arabia
|| Columns Ruins Ancient Persepolis 1952
|| Shahyad Azadi Square Tower
| Ramsar Hotel 1951
|| Ship seen at sunrise at the Abadan port/harbor 1951. After the final Nationalization of Oil plan was approved by the Majlis on April 28, 1951 Britain Warships Blockaded the Iranian Port of Abadan by dispatching units of the Royal Navy to Iranian waters,
|| This Rock in Urmia Salt Lake is also its smallest island called The Fist of Osman. Lake Urmia has 102 islands. The second largest island, Shahi Island, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Chengiz Khan.
|| Urmia salt lake in northwestern Iran: It is between the Iranian provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake in the Middle East.
| Latian Dam Lake near Tehran
|| An aerial view of Lahijan's Lake. The photo is taken from Sheytan Kooh mountain overlooking the beautiful city of Lahijan which is known as the bride of the province of Gilan. There's a little artificial island in the middle.
|| Shiraz Vakil Bazaar 1750
|| Bagheshah/Hor Square 1957
| People entertaining at the Abeali Ski Resort 1966
|| Landscape fromTabriz with El Goli Palace and pool in the middle
|| Panorama view from El Goli Palace Tabriz
|| Kandovan Village Tabriz Landscape
| Iran's Human Termite Colony Kandovan Village Tabriz Panorama. Some of the dwellings in this unique and age-old place date back at least 700 years and yet are still inhabited.
|| Hafez Mausoleum Shiraz during Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar, iron transenna, once in place around Hafez's tomb The site had remained in ruins for two years, until 1901 when Prince Malek Mansour Mirza Shoaossaltaneh.
|| Amjadiyeh Pool
|| Amiriyeh Square of Tehran. Amiriyeh is a district in Tehran on Valiasr St. between the Railway Station (Rahahan) and Imam Khomeini St.
| People gathering at Baharestan Square
|| Tabas Golshan Garden, A miracle in the middle of the desert
|| Tabas Golshan Garden
|| 4000 year old Abarkooh Cypress in Yazd is believed to be world's eldest living tree
| A sign that reafs Tehran Street in Seoul, South Korea
|| Looking like a cross between a giant termite colony and a settlement from Star Wars, the village of Kandovan, tucked away in the northwest corner of Iran, is famed for its extraordinary houses carved inside cone-shaped rocks.
|| Shah Abbas Caravansaray Ahar
|| El Goli (People's Lake) and Palace in Tabriz are said to be constructed by Shah Goli. During reconstruction in early 1970s, the original building was renovated and became a public park.
| 1941 Saadi Street Tehran
|| Takhte Soleyman (Salamon's throne) Castle Takab West Azarbaijan: Built by Sassanids, a new gate was added during Ilkhanates, with a firealtar in the center. The city of Takhte-Soleyman was destroyed by Heraclius in 624 AD
|| Aerial view from Enghelab (Revolution) Square connecting to 33pol bridge Isfahan
|| Abbasabad Street in Isfahan named after Shah Abbas name of two Safavid Emperors:- Shah Abbas 1st the Great was the 5th Safavid King (1588-1629)- Shah Abbas 2nd was Shah of Iran from 1642 to 1666.
| Jolfa Vank Church Aerial view
|| Hasanabad Square : Mirza Yusuf Ashtiani named it for his son Mirza Hasan Mostofiolmamalek. 4 Renaissance style towers were constructed around it, one of which was destroyed to build a bank.
|| Tehran Shahrdari (Municipality)
|| Shamsolemareh Building Street
| People arriving at Tehran's Shemiran Gate
|| Horse wagons on a busy Tehran street
|| Horse Carriage in the old Tehran street
|| Tehran's Yusefabad city Gate
| Noushijan hill, Atashkadeh Castle is located 20 km West of Malayer
|| Hamedan Traditional Bazaar is a great place for visiting and shopping. It's mostly attributed to the Qajar era. Traditional Bazaars are divided on sections based on business sectors such as hats, shoes, carpets, bags, jewelries, etc,
|| Panoramic view of Imam Reza Shrine at night / Mashad
|| East view from the Arg Square Tehran
| Historical Tehran Street 1900s
|| Band-e-Amir Bridge/Dam in Marvdasht built by Azoddoleh of Deylami dynasty
|| Taghebostan, a combination of Stone, green and water in Kermanshah Embossed Ardeshir is shown taking sacred diadem from Ahouramazda Mitra.It's a beautiful setting along an historic Silk Road caravan route waypoint and campground.
|| 1947 Tehran 1326 Lalezar Street
| Anahita Temple of Kangavar in Kermanshah is the largest Anahita temple in Iran
|| Mashin Doodi Railway Station
|| Baharestan Square 1930s
|| Bagheshah King Garden
| Majlis Parliament Tehran, a passerby takes a souvenir photograph. Before the Islamic Revolution, Majlis was also the name of the lower house of the Iranian Legislature from 1906 to 1979, the upper house being the Senate.
|| An old car passing by the historical Majlis Parliament building Tehran Baharestan
|| Hafeziyeh; the mausoleum of the Persian poet Hafez in Qajar era. (born 1315 Shiraz-died 1390 Shiraz) Hafez was the most celebrated Persian lyric poet.His influence in the lives of Iranians can be found in "Hafez readings" (fāl-e hāfez)
|| 1946 Tehran :Cars and people around the College intersection
| People walk around in front of the central post administration office, Tehran 1946
|| Boats row along remains of a deserted harbour in Caspian Sea
|| 1946 : Lalezar Street was the Commercial and Cultural center of Tehran
|| Tehran 1960: Tajrish/Shemiran (1340 H) Sareband, the first stop for hikers and mountain climbers
| A historical photograph from Tehran's Naserkhosro Street with old cars and buses in1946
|| 24Esfand Square which changed name to Enghelab (revolution) Square 1963 with the Universal Cinema and a sign of General Electric in the background
|| Two Iranian girls pose by an iconic statue in Darband 1964
|| A movie Theatre (Golden City Cinema) in Tehran in 1971 featuring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in Arabesque
| Parliament representatives make a little assembly on the Majlis floor
|| 1900 Meydan Toopkhane Sepah Square
|| 1900 Meydan Sepah Square
|| 1900 Meydan Hasanabad Square
| Ghazvin Square Very beautiful founatin and statues at the Meydan Qazvin Square in Tehran 1940s
|| 1900 darvazeh Shemiran Gate
|| Tehran's famous Tajrish Square on a snowy day late 1970s
|| A view from Tehran's crowded Toopkhaneh Square late 1970s
| A view from Historical Tehran Bazaar late 1970s
|| Iranian cavalry units passing Darvazeh Dowlat, one of several gates to Historical Tehran
|| A street packed with crowd, cars and carriages, gives a nice glimpse at Historical Tehran during 1930s
|| Historical Tehran Early 20th Century. Probably during Naseroddin Shah's reign, a ceremony which seems to be the wedding of an important person; the bride is taken to her new home on an elephant.
| Historical Tehran Shahabad District 1949
|| First imported cars line up at Tehran's Naseriyeh Street
|| A banner welcomes Shah during a parade in Washington : Nov, 16, 1949
|| Iranian army convoy patrols near Russian border on a snowy evening :LIFE
| Americans playing golf, view of Tehran's Hilton Hotel built on the outskirts of Alborz mountains; photo from Life Magazine
|| An Aerial view from Isfahan with Zayanderood River cutting the city in half
|| A historical image of the Toopkhane (Artillery) Square and the Municipality in Tehran
|| Abadan: Superfractionating unit, crude oil distillation unit and docks all shut down during Anglo-Iranian oil disputes-July-1951
| The tomb of Robert Imbrie in Arlington Cemetery, TX, USA
|| British two story Talbot buses seen on the Streets of Tehran
|| An old man is resting by the side of Perspolis stairways near the gate of all nations
|| Ardeshir Babakan Palace Firouzabad Persis
| Sassanid Dejposht Castle in Abdanan located on a high hill
|| Students from Sharif University of Technology before revolution
|| School Kids Killed in Dezful during a raid by Iraq
|| Tehran Azadi Square Night
| Hatra: one of 18 Parthian Kingdoms, picture taken 1911 a strongly fortified ancient Iranian city in Upper Mesopotamia
|| Road to Isfahan near oil fields 1926
|| The commemorative plaque installed in the chapel of the Sisters of Charity by the Polish community in lsfahan on October 7, 1943
|| Road and Railroad bridge built over the Rhada river near the oil fields.On 15 March 1951, a bill was passed in the Majlis approving the principle of nationalization of oil.On 1 May 1951 another bill provided for the implementation of nationalization.
| World's oldest living tree is a cypress in Abarkooh - Iran
|| Isfahan Madi Farshadi : beautiful gardens formed by ancient irrigation system called madi. The origin of Isfahan as a settlement is an irrigation system based on canals ('Madi') from the river and subterranean quanats.
|| A view from streets of Tehran in 1960s packed with American and German cars
|| Anahita Temple Stairs
| Landscape View of Isfahan
|| Sassanid Harsin Basin
|| Yazd Historical City with the high minarets of the Amir Chaqmaq Mosque in the background.
|| An Iranian police officer controls traffic in front of the old parliament at Baharestan square
| Aerial landscape of the historical city of Hamedan (Ekbatan Ecbatana) 360 km southwest of Tehran. It is one of the oldest cities in the world; the Ancient Greek historian, Herodotus, states that it was the capital of the Medes, around 700 BCE.
|| Isfahan: The silhouette of a woman passing the 33 pol bridge
|| Perspolis Birdeye View
|| Arc of Rayn: The city of Rayn built during Sassanid dynasty is located 100 lm south of Kerman
| Isfahan Naghshejahan Square
|| Shiraz Arc of Karimkhan and a view of the Toopkhaneh (Cannon) Square
|| Perspolis Takhtejamshid Entrance, this sprawling complex of royal palaces was the awe-inspiring home of the "King of Kings" for nearly two hundred years, subjects of the empire (from 28 nations) would pass through the Gate of Nations.
|| Isfahan Nights: Alighapoo Palace at Naghshejahan Square. The golden age of Isfahan began in 1598 when Shah Abbas I made it his capital and rebuilt it into one of the 17th century's greatest cities.