Iran (Summers of 1968, 1970, and 1974)

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This site shows photos I took during two trips to Iran, in 1968, 1970, and 1974. Unfortunately, many photos (slides) have deteriorated and only a few scans can be shown. In 1974 I only visited Shiraz.

 

Itinerary of the 1968 trip (in red, by bus).

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Itinerary of the 1970 trip (in green, by car).

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Landscapes of northern Iran.

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In Tehran:

 

- Golestan Palace.

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- Street scene

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1000-year old tower tomb of Gonbad-e Qaboos in northeast Iran, near Turkemenistan.

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Minaret of Saveh (12th century, Seljuk era), located 60 miles southwest of Tehran.

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Hazrat-e Masumeh mosque in Qom.

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In Isfahan:

 

- Khaju bridge over Zayandeh river.

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- Left photo: Naqsh-e Jahan square, with Masjed-e Shah in the central background and Ali Qapu palace (thin columns) on the right. Right photo: Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah, also on Naqsh-e Jahan square.

 

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- Jameh mosque: north iwan (left) and west iwan (right).

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Minaret of the Ali Mosque.

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- Safavid stone statue of a lion with a man head in its mouth.

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Vank Cathedral (Armenian).

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- Pigeon towers near Isfahan.

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Persepolis.

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Tomb in Naqshh-e Rustam, a necropolis located 12 miles from Persepolis.

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Vakil Mosque in Shiraz and its vaulted prayer hall.

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Other mosque in Shiraz (with Mount Derak in the background?).

 

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Yazd:

 

- General view of the town.

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- The towers above house roofs are wind catchers (also called bagdirs). They have been used for centuries to cool houses during summer months. They are based on a natural evaporative cooling process: hot incoming airflow is funneled through the wind catcher below the house, where it is cooled down in contact with water; the cooled air is then directed into the house.

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- Kabir Jameh mosque (left) and the minarets of Amir Chaqmaq mosque (center and right).

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- Tower of Silence (also called Dakhme). Zoroastrians used to place dead human bodies atop such towers to expose them to the sun and scavenging birds.

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- Water reservoir with two wind catcher towers near Yazd. Water is brought to such reservoirs from surrounding mountains by gently sloped underground tunnels called qanats. Qanat technology was developed in Persia in the early first millennium BC to allow water transportation over long distance with little loss by evaporation, despite the extremely hot and dry weather of the desert (especially during the summer).
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- Village near Yazd.

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Ancient city of Bam.

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Along the road between Bam and Zahedan:

 

- Our Renault 4L.

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- The road seen from the car.

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- Camels.

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- Woman and child.

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Various town scenes and people across Iran.

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Unclassified photos.

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