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Photos marked as were added from 16 December 2017.


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Iran
Esfahan
Shrine of Harum Vilayet
 Detail from the tomb.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 Detail of the tiles on the Southern Iwan.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 Mongolian style stalactite mouldings under the Southern Iwan.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The Hypostyle Prayer Hall has elaborate brickwork.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 One of the many ceiling patterns made from bricks in the Seljuk style Hypostyle Prayer Hall.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 Circular brick work on the ceiling of the Hypostyle Prayer Hall.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 Patterns beneith the Western Iwan (gate).
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The Western gate's wall.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The room of Sultan Uljeitu with its carved prayer niche.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The spectacular brickwork on the ceiling of the Sultan Uljeitu room.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The Timurid style Winter Hall dates from 1448.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The Seljuk style Northern Iwan has simple geometric patterns.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The brick prayer hall in the northern area of the mosque.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 Coridor in the northern area of the mosque.
Iran
Esfahan
Jameh Mosque
 The Taj al-Molk Dome dates from the 11th century and is considered the finest brick dome ever built.
Iran
Esfahan
Zayandeh River
 Decoration on the Khaju Bridge.
Iran
Esfahan
Jolfa
 Tiles at the entrance of Vank Cathedral.
Iran
Esfahan
Jolfa
 Vank Cathedral dates from 1655 and is a blend of Christian and Islamic styles.
Iran
Esfahan
Jolfa
 Exterior paintings at Vank Cathedral.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 The terrace at the Chehel Sotun Palace has twenty columns holding up its inlaid ceiling.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 Mirrored entrance hall at the Chehel Sotun Palace.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 One of the many wall paintings in the Throne Hall of the palace.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 Fresco of Shah Abbas I presiding over a banquet.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 Fresco of dancing girls.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 Fresco of Shah Abbas II.
Iran
Esfahan
Chehel Sotun Palace
 Wall painting of a woman relaxing in a garden.
Iran
Esfahan
Decorative Arts Museum
 An astrolabe.
Iran
Esfahan
 The Ateshkadeh is an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple set on a hilltop.
Iran
Esfahan
 The Ateshkadeh was once a polgromage site.
Iran
Yazd
Khan-e Lari
 The 150 year old Khan-e Lari, is a traditional house in the old city.
Iran
Yazd
Khan-e Lari
 The courtyard of the Lari historical house.
Iran
Yazd
 The dome of the Sayyed Roknaddin Shrine.
Iran
Yazd
 The Tomb of the Twelve Imams.
Iran
Yazd
 The Amir Chakhmaq Complex is a Hossenieh where the martydom of Imam Hussein is commemorated.
Iran
Yazd
 The wind tower and dome of the school known as Alexander's Prison.
Iran
Yazd
 The courtyard to Alexander's Prison.
Iran
Yazd
 The underground chamber at Alexander's Prison was mentioned in a poem by Hafez.
Iran
Yazd
 Underground water system at the Water Museum.
Iran
Yazd
Jameh Mosque
 Detail from the entrance portal of the 15th century Jameh Mosque.
Iran
Yazd
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
 The Fravahar above the temple is the symbol of Zoroastrianism.
Iran
Yazd
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
 Portrait of Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrinism.
Iran
Yazd
 Zoroastrian tower of silence where dead bodies were left to be eaten by birds.
Iran
Yazd
 Zoroastrian tower of silence.
Iran
Meybod
 Zoroastrian tower of silence near Meybod.
Iran
Meybod
Narein Castle
 Narein Castle is made from mud bricks and dates from 1000 BC.
Iran
Meybod
Narein Castle
 The mud walls of the castle.
Iran
Meybod
Narein Castle
 The main building.
Iran
Meybod
Narein Castle
 Bastion and wall at Narein Castle.
Iran
Meybod
 Traditionally shaped ice house used for storing ice during the summer months.
Iran
Meybod
 17th century Post House used by relay riders carrying messages.
Iran
Meybod
Pigeon House
 The Pigeon House in Meybod.
Iran
Meybod
Pigeon House
 The pigeon entry holes are above structures designed to keep out reptiles.
Iran
Meybod
Pigeon House
 The interior of the Pigeon House had spaces for 4000 pigeons, once harvested for their guano.
Iran
Chak Chak
Zoroastrian Temple
 Chak Chak is a Zoroastrian pilgrimage site set on a cliff in a remote valley.
Iran
Chak Chak
Zoroastrian Temple
 Buildings for pilgrims at Chak Chak.
Iran
Kharanaq
 Kharanaq is an almost deserted mud brick village.
Iran
Kharanaq
 Kharanaq is s set on a hill surrounded by fields and dates from the 10th century.
Iran
Kharanaq
 The 17th century shaking minaret.
Iran
Kharanaq
 Crumbling buildings.
Iran
Kharanaq
 The citadel at Kharanaq.
Iran
Kharanaq
 Rooftops at Kharanaq.
Iran
Shiraz
Karim Khan Citadel
 The Arg-e Karim Khan, in the centre of Shiraz, is the citadel built by Karim Khan, the first of the Zand rulers.
Iran
Shiraz
Karim Khan Citadel
 One of the four bastions of the citadel.
Iran
Shiraz
Karim Khan Citadel
 The interior of the citadel is set around a pool and garden.
Iran
Shiraz
Karim Khan Citadel
 Stained glass window in the citadel.
Iran
Shiraz
Nazar Garden
 The Pavillion at Nazar Garden was built for Karim Khan and is now his tomb.
Iran
Shiraz
Nazar Garden
 Tile work on the pavillion.
Iran
Shiraz
Nazar Garden
 The rose garden and pool at Nazar.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Mosque
 The Northern entrance gate of Vakil Mosque which dates from the Zand era.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Mosque
 The Southern Iwan is one of the mosque's two gates.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Mosque
 Detail of tile work in the Southern gate.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Mosque
 The prayer hall has 48 carved columns.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Mosque
 The minbar (pulpit) has 14 steps carved from a single block of marble from Azerbaijan.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Hammam
 Vakil Hamaam is an old bath house.
Iran
Shiraz
Vakil Hammam
 Inside the domed bath house.
Iran
Shiraz
Atigh Mosque
 The Atigh Mosque is the oldest Islamic building in Shiraz, dating from 894.
Iran
Shiraz
Nasir ol Molk Mosque
 The prayer hall is highly decorated, carpeted and colonaded.
Iran
Shiraz
Nasir ol Molk Mosque
 Stained glass window in the prayer hall.
Iran
Shiraz
Nasir ol Molk Mosque
 The ceiling of the prayer hall.
Iran
Shiraz
Shrine of Emir Ali
 The ceiling in the shrine.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Sa'di
 The tomb of Sheikh Mohammad Shams-ed Din, a poet better known as Sa'di.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Sa'di
 The poet's tomb lies inside a domed and tiled colonade.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Sa'di
 Tilework in the colonade.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Sa'di
 The ceiling of the underground tea house built over a fish pond.
Iran
Shiraz
Naranjastan Garden
 The pavillion is highly decorated and has many rooms and a mirrored hall.
Iran
Shiraz
Naranjastan Garden
 The interior of the mirrored hall.
Iran
Shiraz
Naranjastan Garden
 Inlaid wooden door in the pavillion.
Iran
Shiraz
Naranjastan Garden
 A spectacular mirrored ceiling.
Iran
Shiraz
Naranjastan Garden
 Wall painting in one of the rooms.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Hafez
 The tomb of Hafez, who died in 1389, is set within an open circular colonade.
Iran
Shiraz
Tomb of Hafez
 The tiled domed ceiling above the tomb of Hafez.
Iran
Persepolis
 Persepolis was built by the Persian king, Darius I and extended by his son, Xerxes.
Iran
Persepolis
 The city of Persepolis dates from the first Persian empire (the Achaemenids). It was begun in 518 BC.
Iran
Persepolis
 The city was destroyed by Alexander The Great in 330 BC.
Iran
Persepolis
 The city is entered via the Grand Stairway.
Iran
Persepolis
 The stone blocks on the Grand Stairway fit together very precisely.
Iran
Persepolis
 Xerxes' Gateway was built in the mid 5th century BC.
Iran
Persepolis
 Bearded bull-like figure guarding Xerxes' Gateway.
Iran
Persepolis
 Graffitti on Xerxes' Gateway by Henry Morton Stanley (of "Dr Livingstone, I presume" fame) from the New York Herald in 1870.
Iran
Persepolis
 The Apadana Palace was built by and used by Xerxes.

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