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Kaloots ( kaluts) of Shahdad

Shahzad is a city located near Kerman, just at the edge of the Lute desert.  Because of its location, the climate is very hot, with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Near this city, approximately forty kilometers away, Kaloots can…

In Iran, and loving it

"Shuma Hindu hasthi, Shuma Hindu hasthi? (Are you Hindu?)" shriek two young girls from a distance. This first question thrown at me as soon as I land at the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran leaves me completely baffled. Why on earth do they…

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

For those who visit Iran for the first time, their perception about this country should change drastically. With its long-running disputes with the US and the resulting sanctions by the Western superpower, one might presume that the Iranian…

8-day Iran tour delighted Y. student

A 4 a.m. phone call rousted well-traveled Brigham Young University student Anthon Jackson from bed. The substance of the call made it impossible to go back to sleep. Iran had granted him a visa to cover a government-sponsored tourism…

Hafezie, Tomb of Hafez

Hafezie (Tomb of Hafez), one of the most popular attractions of Shiraz, is situated in a garden on the banks of Rukn-Abad river.The original structure, built in 1773 A.D during the reign of Karim Khan Zand, consisted of four stone columns…

Zigurat of Chogha Zanbil

"The ruins of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, surrounded by three huge concentric walls, are found at Tchogha Zanbil. Founded c. 1250 B.C., the city remained unfinished after it was invaded by Ashurbanipal, as shown by the thousands…

The Shaking Minaret (Manar Jonban)

It is a mausoleum, covering the grave of Abu Abdollah, and dates back to Safavid period. The minarets on both sides of the mausoleum Eivan and porch are the main attraction of this place. Because of the ratio between the height and width of…