Ali Qapu Palace, or Ali Qapu Mansion, which was also called Dowlatkhaneh-ye Mobarakeh-ye Naqsh-e Jahan, and Dowlatkhaneh Palace during Safavid era, is located on the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, opposite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan. The palace was constructed between the years 971 and 977 SH, after the transfer of the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan by Shah Abbas I in the late 10th century SH, as the headquarters and dowlatkhaneh [government] of the Safavid kings.
Among the attractions of Qeshm Island is the Portuguese Castle. The castle was built in 1507 on the north side of Qeshm Island by a Portuguese admiral, Afonso de Albuquerque. The Portuguese established a complete dominance over southern Iran by constructing several castles in the ports and southern islands of Iran, and their dominance on this important waterway lasted for 110 years. During this time, they built fortresses and castles, including the castles in Hormuz, Qeshm, and Lark.
As WWII broke out, Russian forces occupied eastern Poland following an agreement with Hitler. Tens of thousands of Polish citizens were sent to forced labor camps in Siberia and Kazakhstan. In 1942, an estimated 115 000 Poles, including men, women, and children, civilians and soldiers, were evacuated, arriving in Bandar Anzali, Iran, on the Caspian coast by boat. Soldiers and volunteer forces joined the resistance in Europe, but thousands of civilians stayed in Iran for the next three years.
Mashteh is a type of woolen cloth which is handwoven by lur women. It is among the oldest handwoven cloths in western Iran. Mashteh is a type of fabric, and in handicraft categorization, it is considered traditional textile. The raw material is spun wool. However, currently available polyester and acrylic threads which are available on the market are used.
A talented artist from Maragheh, East Azerbaijan Province, who used to be the city mechanic, has now moved into sculpting the most beautiful junk art. Bahram Ashofteh lives in E Azerbaijan, northeastern Iran. He collects unsightly car parts from the junkyard and crafts them into amazing statues of animals designed by himself. He used to earn a living by repairing cars.
The festive season for “Bill Gardani” – literally turning the shovels around – is an ancient celebration performed by heroes in the Nimvar region of Mahallat, in the central Iranian province of Arak. It has been celebrated here for 2000 years at the start of the growing season by farmers who begin to dredge the main river of Nimvar.
The small boxer mantis is the name of an insect discovered in Iran by Mahmoud Kolnegari, entomologist and researcher, and introduced to the world. This is the first mantis of the species found in Iran and registered
The underground stronghold of Nig village, in Gha’enat county, northeastern Iran, is a 700-year old hiding place dating back to the Timurid Period. It was discovered in archaeological excavations last year.
Dating back to nearly two million years ago, the Valley of the Stars came into existence due to soil, rock, and sand erosion by wind, water, and storms, making this a lesser seen kind of landscape on the beautiful island of Qeshm from the Cenozoic geological period.