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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…

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…

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…

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

Vakil Mosque is situated west of the famous Vakil Bazaar. It was built in 1187 (AH) during Zand Dynasty. It covers an area of 8,660 square meters. On the two sides of the entrance gate there are magnificent tile-works and arches. The left…

Goharshad Mosque, Mashhad

Goharshad Mosque in Mashhad located in southern part of Imam Reza's (AS) holy shrine, is the oldest mosque of the city, dating back to the 15th century C.E. The holy shrine almost embraces the mosque. The construction of the mosque was…

Nasirol Molk Mosque, Shiraz

Nasirol Molk who was one of the elite of Shiraz, is the founder of this mosque. Outstanding for its architectural technique, tileworks, and columniation, this is an imitation of Vakil Mosque. The mosque is the essence of Iranian art and…