Bam Citadel is the world’s largest adobe structure in the world. It is in the city of Bam, Kerman Province, in southeastern Iran. Sadly, in 2003, the province was rattled by a deadly earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, killing over 30 thousand people in the area. The Citadel suffered serious damages. Plans were drawn up to restore and reconstruct the Citadel and return it back to life in an exact replica.
Last week’s snowfall in the mountainous region of Talesh, Guilan Province, has turned this picturesque landscape all white. Talesh is located at a distance of 430 kilometers to the northeast of the capital Tehran, in northwestern Iran, just to the southeast of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
A young man of 28 who lives in Temchal village, near Astaneh Ashrafieh in Guilan Province, has been unable to go back to sleep for 12 years after spending a few hours in a coma. Ebrahim Ataei lives in northern Iran and has suffered from insomnia for the past 12 years. He has turned his misfortune into an opportunity to study and exercise. He has set two records in running.
The great Rayen Castle is located 136 kilometers from the city of Bam in southeast Iran and is known as the second great monument built from clay and mud and includes hundreds of houses, government headquarters, mosque, public bath, main square, and one of the largest and most beautiful halls of Iran’s ancient civilization.
In the detection dog training center near Tehran, professional trainers work with sniffer dogs who carry out a median of 100 searchers annually. The detection dog training center in “Mohammad Shahr” of Alborz Province is 60kms from Tehran.
Isfahan is the center of a province with the same name and is Iran's second largest city and one of the main destinations of local and foreign tourists, and its numerous historical and artistic monuments have led it to being called the second most important cultural center in the Islamic world after Mecca.
Following two nights of unrests in Tehran, the situation has returned to normal and the police and security forces are back in control.
The protests, declared illegal by the government, were on occasion accompanied by slogans against its high-ranking officials. But calm has returned to the country from Tuesday night. Car and pedestrian traffic in some parts of the capital, including between Ferdowsi and Revolution squares, was restored with the presence of the security forces.
The Behrouzi House in Qazvin with a pedigree of 200 years, gifts tourists with a life’s experience in a delightful atmosphere in the Iranian style; this house as the first traditional hotel in Qazvin began its operation on the last day of 2015 and presently is ready to receive guests throughout the year.
The historic dam structure in Shushtar is a network of bridges, dams, mills, waterfalls, canals, and large tunnels of water which is Iran’s 10th registered site at Unesco.
The Shushtar Dam is a gorgeous historic site dating back to 4000 years ago. This was used as a means of running industrial water mills in Sassanid times, conducting water from Karoun River to this nearby city, and even cities further afield.
From Thursday 28 December last week, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and spread to other cities in a domino effect. Initially, demonstrators protested the rising food and fuel prices by shouting “no to rising costs”. But, this took on political aspects where anti-regime slogans were heard at some of the demonstrations.
The New Year has been celebrated at the Grigor Lusavorich Church in Tehran. Christian and even non-Christian countries celebrate the New Year on 31 December. New Year’s eve is also recognized as the seventh day of Christmas celebrations in western Christianity.
Farhad Sadeghi is an artisan from the lush Anzali Port in northern Iran. He is known by his fellow citizens here with the iron robots that he creates. He has recently made an interesting horse that can be ridden, made of loose sticks of wood on the beach.