vakil bazaar shiraz

SHIRAZ | Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz is the main section of the Shiraz Bazaar which was built in 11th Century by Karim Khan as part of a plan to make Shiraz into a prominent trading center. This architecturally beautiful building is a trade hub for merchants selling spices, rugs, handmade copper

jameh mosque nain iran

NAIN | Jameh Mosque Nain is one of the oldest mosques in Iran, and the town of Nain, close to Yazd is itself one of the oldest in Iran. Dating back to the 9th century, with its interiors dating back to the 11th century (as indicated by its Seljuki brickwork) the

historical village of abyaneh iran

ABYANEH | Abyaneh is a historic village in Iran, dating back to the Sasanid era (224AD to 651AD), when it is believed that Zooastrians fleeing from Arab invaders set up a string of villages in the area around the Karkas Mountains. This part of Iran is remote and picturesque, and

tabiat bridge tehran iran

TEHRAN | Tabiat Bridge is important for many reasons. It’s an architectural masterpiece, it’s a symbol of modern Iranian architecture, it was designed by a up and coming female architect, the area around it shows a side to Iran that many in the West don’t see, and it’s an example

relaxing in darband tehran

TEHRAN | If you ever visit Iran, a trip to the neighbourhood of Darband in North Tehran, at the foothills of Mount Tochal and the central Alborz Range is a must. Darband, which used to be a village before becoming part of Tehran, is located at the start of the hiking trail (or

iran zooastrian towers of silence

YAZD | The Zoroastrian “Tower of Silence” was one of the most intriguing historical landmarks we came across whilst in Iran. The Zoroastrian religion is one of the oldest in the world and at one stage was one of the most powerful religions in the world. The religion is based on

necropolis Naqsh-e Rustam

MARVDASHT | If you’re going to be buried, one way to ensure that you’re remembered is to place your tomb inside a cliff and get some impressive designs carved into the side of the cliff. The Achaemenid kings must have had this in mind when deciding where they would be buried

black market currency dealing tehran iran

TEHRAN | On Manouchehri Alley, a main street in central Tehran that is lined with currency exchange and pawn shops, a group of men congregate in a public park. There’s a lot of shouting and commotion, and the scene is very lively. Scenes like this are common when you stumble across Iran’s

tomb of cyrus the great

MARVDASHT | In the middle of the Iranian desert in the ancient town of Pasardage, approximately 140km from Shiraz, you will find the Tomb of Cryus II aka Cyrus the Great. Cryus II was the first Iranian monarch to be bestowed the title “The Great” due to his conquering the

Nasir ol Molk Pink Mosque

SHIRAZ | The Nasir ol Molk Mosque, or Pink Mosque as it’s colloquially referred to is one of the most beautiful buildings you’ve probably never heard of. Structurally the mosque, built between 1876 – 1888, is typical of the mosques built in Iran during the Qajar era. What makes it unique and