Iran is a country where you will enjoy all the senses, a surprisingly safe, exciting state that offers visitors and conjures up a different reality. Iran will change you with its mysterious colors and give you insight into your own thinking resonances.
Iranians are open people who shine despite the closed perspective of limiting reality. The Islamic Republic of Iran is an almost isolated world, along with its perks of 70 million people living in this beautiful country.
Tabriz is the second (largest) conservative city in Iran. It is located in the hilly west of the country. The most dangerous places in the city are roads full of cars (mostly taxis). Traffic chaos causes total loss at first glance. However, the residents will immediately and openly wish you a warm welcome to this city. Parks are important places in the city. On grass, man is closer to nature and to one another. Sometimes food is brought or cooked on the grass. All people are calm and calm. There are no negative vibrations.
The parks have trees, a lake and hills. Entire families sit on the grass or in tents, socializing and talking to each other. Iranians love foreigners because it is part of their Islamic tradition. In Iran, “loving a foreigner” is a credit and a great desire to meet another part of the world. In the 1940s, Iran was at the height of development until the revolution took place in 1979. The Shah of Iran is overthrown. A radical pro-Islamic rule was established. This government froze progress and closed the “window on the world”. Strict rules of life were introduced. The freedom of the individual is limited. Islam covered the faces of the people. Young people find it difficult to achieve what they want because everything is unattainable, forbidden or too expensive. Despite its foreign policy negative reputation, Iran is very safe from the inside. A man could walk the streets of Iran with $ 10,000 in his pocket without even missing a scalp. This creates a sense of leisurely peace of mind.
Esfahan is the jewel city of ancient Persia. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the Islamic world. It has an endless market, ancient and elegant bridges, while mosques in the city are decorated with mosaics of irresistible blue and turquoise. Esfahan was built by Shah Abbas I (from the Safavid dynasty) in the 16th century. He chased away the Mongols and the Ottomans and made it possible to create artistic and architectural wonders in the city.
The glory lasted for a hundred years even though it gave the city vision, strength and spirit. The famous rhyme from that time is “Esfahan is half the world”. The Imam Square is incredible, lively and relaxed. The traveler and tourist feel magnificent here summarizing all the beauty of ancient times.
Esfahan has a slightly more flexible social attitude (compared to the city of Tabriz) which makes the whole atmosphere more relaxed and open. The town is visited by many tourists. Romantic bridges with multiple arches gather people around the clock.
The city of Yazd is one of the oldest in the world. It is located on the fringes of the hot deserts of Dasht-e-Kavir and Dasht-e-Lut. The maze of winding streets is bordered by muddy houses. Badgirl windscreens look like rooftop decorations. These are, in fact, ancient systems of natural circulation and cooling. The Jameh City Mosque has double spiral stairs in one of two 48-meter minarets. It has a double dome through which the women passed while praying from one side to the other and the particularly beautiful tiles of the highest entrance portal. Yazd is the seat of a small Iranian Zoroastrian community. They are members of the first monotheistic religion in the world. They are followers of Zaratustra (an Iranian preacher and philosopher born 550 BC). For them, the basis of all is a dualism, an eternal struggle between good and evil. Every person should strive for good thoughts, good words and good deeds. So spoke Zarathustra.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only Shiite Muslim regime in the world that sets it apart from its Sunni neighbors (Iraq). Iran is made up of 98% Shiites and 10% Sunnis. Iranian residents are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork or any animal that has not been killed in a strictly defined way (halal). When praying, Shiites should touch the ground with their foreheads. As mosques are often covered with carpets, clay pieces are used for this purpose.
The cities of Shiraz and Persepolis
Shiraz is a city in southern Iran with a population of 5 million. It is located on the other side of the Zagros Mountains. Near Shiraz is Persepolis (Takht-e.Jamshid). It is a masterpiece of Persian culture and architecture. This is a monumental complex built between 3 and 5 centuries BC. It was built for religious purposes and celebration (Zoroastrianism was the leading religion at the time). The city was built in the time of Dario I and Xerxes I and II. Impressive entrances, stairs, columns, tombs in the rock, reliefs are symbols of the city. Today, Persepolis is just a shadow of ancient times, but it still looks powerful and compelling.
The highlight of discovering Iran is the ascent of the Elbrus (or Albros) mountain range and its largest peak, Mt. Damavand (5671 meters). It is an extinct volcano with a classic conical shape. The path is winding slightly and there are no shrubs or trees around. This is a beautiful and peaceful place. There is a camp with mountain shelters called Barghah Seva at 4150 meters above sea level ..
Lastly, what to say about Iranians. These are kind, honest, grateful, inquisitive and endlessly hospitable hosts.