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Shiraz Iran - Iran

Shiraz Iran


Shiraz standed in my trip, between Bandar Abbas and the Persian Gulf and Esfahan. As I had to stop here to go to Persepolis Ancient city, I discover it to have very nice things that would make my staying very nice.

Its big main Bazaar is a must and I actually spend lots of money in some big panel made of cloth hand made ones and some scarfs.

Shiraz was one of the important cities in the medieval Islamic world for Iran and was actually the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty between 1747 and 1779.
Nowadays it head of state city ambiance was lost but still some castles can be seen and big avenues can be enjoyes I think. I remember walking a lot in this city also.

Directions: Shiraz is 900km south of Tehran and can be reached by train or by bus also by plain from Teehran.

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  • Written Oct 16, 2004
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esfahan iran - Iran

esfahan iran

Esfahan Emam Square

Esfahan nesf-é jahan or Esfahan is half of the world was usually said back 16th century to relate word to its magnificiency. In fact for me, while traveling in this country enjoyed it very much due to its relaxed ambience that I could find has much in the rushy streets of other cities I visited. Iremember I walked very much all around the city and enjoyed it very much.

A must in the city is the Emam Square, one of the largest town squares in the world and a place where you will have to drink tea in one of the square tea houses and enjoy the amazing view of theis wonderful square considered by some the most beautiful in the whole world. This is the square I have on the picture above.

Other nice attraction in the city is the medieval bridge and other nice parks.

Directions: Esfahan is 400km South of Teehran and can be reached from the capital by bus or by train.
Transportation in Iran is one of the easiest in the World, nice BUS system and nice roads.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 16, 2004
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Persepolis  shiraz Iran - Iran

Persepolis shiraz Iran

Persepolis the Ancient city

Persepolis was a huge complex of palacies and tombs that was only build after 150 years since it started. It was the centre of the Persian Empire and the house of ancient Achaemenid Empire. This was a very victorious Empire and you can see many sculptures and engravings that still today resist to show us the rich hitory of this place.

You can notice many palacies that have many columns still standing after lots of restauration.
Persepolis was burn down by Alexander the Great in 331BC some historians say in retaliation of Xerxes burning Athens.

You have in the area, at least 2 huge tombs, the Tomb of Darius and the tombs of Xerxes which consist in this big monument carved on the hill facade with at least 20 metres high.

Persepolis is a must to visit while coming to Iran. Altough you'll find lots of tourists, even lots of Iranian tourists, you still have to consider spending a couple of hours or a whole half day in this complex.

The ticket cost 1700 Iranian Rials.

In the picture I show the Big Ancient Gate of Persepolis.

Prices of transportation to Persepolis from Marv Dersh:
taxi Marv Dersh-->Persepolis=3000Rials (they will ask you for 10000/20000, but you have to know how to deal this. Locals pay 1500/2000 so 3000 will be a good deal for them.

Directions: Get a bus from Shiraz direction Marv Dersh and from here take a taxi (6km) to the Persepolis complex.
Bus from Shiraz 2500Rials
taxi from Marv 3000Rials

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 16, 2004
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teehran bazar iran - Iran

teehran bazar iran

Tehran Bazaar

The haphazard bazaar is one of the best things to visit while in Teehran. Teehran is a very big city and apart from the nice museums, only this huge bazaar will be worth to spend a few couple of hours spending money.
This bazaar is just enormous and would definately loose many hours as son as you enter it.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 15, 2004
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Bandar `Abbas persian gulf iran - Iran

Bandar `Abbas persian gulf iran

Indian Mosque in Bandar `Abbas

Bandar eBas Southern city cost with the Persian Gulf is a very humid city and has not many interesting things to see in terms of historical places but for sure that comunicating with locals and try to visit some areas around of the city will make a very pleasant place. All along the coast of The Gulf are little ancient settlemts from the 16th century made by european sailors.
This city is 1484 km far from Tehran.

This is one of the most beautiful mosques I've ever seen. Its called the indian mosque due to the importance of this city in the Indian Impire extensian made by several european settlers like the Portuguese, English and Dutch.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2004
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qeshm island persian gulf iran - Iran

qeshm island persian gulf iran

Qeshme Island Persian Gulf

This is a very nice Island right in the middle of the Persian Gulf and The Oman Gulf. This Island can be reached by a 45 minute taxi/boat ride that will be an adventure from the start. This little boats take up to 10 people into the water with sharks...hum...

One of the attractions in this Island is the Sand/rock constructions in the west part of the Island and in the City of Qeshm you can see the ancient Portuguese castle from 1514.

My travel here was a bit with suffering as the temperatures in beggining AUgust were very high, and 8:30am i already was with 45º celcius and 80% of humidity.
From one side of the island you can see the green water and in the other side you have blue water, in one side you have sharks and in the other dolphins, cold and warm water. Very interesting. I swam in the water and didnt want to go further into the sea shore cos i didnt want to get bitten by sharks. Also apart from sharks there are other type of animals that can irritate your skin and bite you feet, inside the water. The normal water temperature in the Summer is from 35º to 44º. Like boiling water.

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  • Written Oct 15, 2004
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