Category: monuments

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Ice house

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Ice dump in Kerman is a conical structure made out of straw and clay which covers a big hemisphere reservoir dug in the ground.

It was a place for preserving the ice.

Ice house in Kerman is a conical structure made out of straw and clay which covers a big hemisphere reservoir dug in the ground. It was a place for preserving the ice. There are some big shallow ponds and high walls near the ice dump to make the ice on winter nights. Every night water was poured into the pond and at night it turned into ice. The ice was taken into the reservoir and a stash of straw was placed between the layers to isolate it. The reason that they made the structure like a cone is because of preventing the heat from entering the ice dump. After filling up the Ice dump, they keep it close until summer and after that, they brought the ice to the city to sell it; in the ceremonies, they use the ice for making the syrup and cold water for the guests, a real refreshing beverage.

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Tabatabaei house

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Tabatabaei house is one of the numerous old houses in the city of Kashan which was mostly built during 19th century.

This trend of construction reminds the prosperity of Kashan thanks to the carpet production on the field which Tabatabaei family …

Tabatabaei house is one of the numerous old houses in the city of Kashan which was mostly built during 19th century.
This trend of construction reminds the prosperity of Kashan thanks to the carpet production on the field which Tabatabaei family was reputed for. If we want to enumerate some characteristics of this type of architecture, took into consideration in most of the houses; modest entrance, internal and external courts, reserved for the family and the guests.
Central courtyard surrounded by aestival (normally domed by wind tower) and hivernal (lighted by the sun) habitation for appropriate seasons.
Shah-Neshin, a richly decorated room destined to welcoming the guests .
Interconnected rooms for preserving the family privacy and the master room which dominated the house. Enjoy your visit in Kashan

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Vank Cathedral

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Vank Cathedral,(congregational) the first and the main Armenian church in Isfahan was built in the middle of 17th century

and the differences of its plan to the classic ones has raised some legends and rumors, …

Vank Cathedral,(congregational) the first and the main Armenian church in Isfahan was built in the middle of 17th century after the Armenian immigration forced by shah Abass who wanted to promote prosperity in his new capital, Isfahan.
Brick dome of church and some tiles working seem to be a derivation of Muslim mosques. The paintings are the combination of Byzantine style and Iranian miniature. This church is not in service any more and it is just used as a museum and for administrative matters. An ethnography museum near by shows the history of the Armenians since their arrival.

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Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque

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There are two mosques in Naghshe -Jahan square. The one with no minaret is sheikh lotfolah.

It was built in 17th century and the differences of its plan to the classic ones has raised some legends and rumors , …

There are two mosques in Naghshe -Jahan square. The one with no minaret is sheikh lotfolah. It was built in 17th century and the differences of its plan to the classic ones has raised some legends and rumors ,such as it was reserved to women of the king who came in through an underground path .

The entrance seems like a transition from world of materials to heavens.
When one reaches that single prayer hall, he/she finds out that there is nothing more beutiful to see .
One should spend hours to observe and meditate on tiles and mosaics to be able to appreciate the splendeur of decoration and the straits of calligraphy.
Light plays a special role on the patterns and does not let the eyes to match with habituel colors they perceive normally .
It really deserve to be named as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Islamic world.

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Dolat Abad Garden

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Dolat abad garden is one of the nine Persian gardens registered as the UNESCO world heritage sites which was constructed in 1750.

Its wind tower which is the tallest of its own kind, 34 m high, was built in Qajar era.

Dolat Abad Garden is one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage-listed Persian gardens, built in 1750 by the Governor of Yazd. It’s 34m high wind tower is the tallest in the country, perhaps in the world, and dates from the 19 century.
The garden has many fruit trees including pomegranate trees and Ivy.
The most remarkable is the construction of a qanat of more than 30 km exclusively to bring water to the garden. There is a large fountained pool outside and there are several inside the pavilion, all connected.

Besides adobe ocher and white plaster, the tinted glass windows on the doors make a wonderful contrast in the bedrooms.
Visiting the garden makes us forget that we are in a city where water means life in the most realistic sense of the word.

Yazd Windcatcher

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Badgir or wind tower is a kind of tower constructed on top of the roof of the houses in Yazd and other cities in the desert to capture wind flow and to lead it to the room under for ventilation.

Do not worry about hot wind because a cool water basin under the tower would add some moisture to it and make it cooler.

Badgir or wind tower is a kind of tower constructed on top of the roof of the houses in Yazd and other cities in the desert to capture wind flow and to lead it to the room under for ventilation.
Do not worry about hot wind because a cool water basin under the tower would add some moisture to it and make it cooler.
How does it work when the wind stops? very ingenious, Some cool weather of the last night is enough to make an
airflow at the day when it begins to get hot in the rooms.

Fire Temple

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Yazd Zoroastrian fire temple is a holy monument in which the 1500-year old fire is maintained.

The fire is one the 4 holly elements for the Zoroastrian and also the most important one because not only it’s not been contaminated…

Yazd Zoroastrian fire temple is a holy monument in which the 1500-year old fire is maintained.
The fire is one the 4 holly elements for the Zoroastrian and also the most important one because not only it’s not been contaminated but also it produce the heat and light which are essential for the life. This Bahram fire is one of the few ones which has alived since old times.
During the years the maguses have been protecting the magical fire.
On the building facade, you can see a beautiful Farvahar emblem with 3 mottos, good thought, good word, good deed.
It is a modest edifice to reserve light of the millennium history of Persia.