| Saray-e Roshan commercial center in Naserkhosro Street of Tehran. This old building is a perfect example of gothic architecture with impression of ancient Roman design with the Zoroatrian sign of Faravahar, it's been renovated to serve business.
|| The new symbol of metropolitan Tehran: Milad Tower reaches out to the clouds. The futuristic structure is visible from almost all parts of the Iranian capital except for smoggy days when it gives more like an apocalyptic impression.
|| Abbasian House is a large, traditional, 18th century mansion located near the Tabatabaei House in the old historic neighborhood of Kashan. It has six courtyards and a chamber with mirror pieces to give impression of a starry sky under the candlelight.
|| Chaboksar Bridge at night! Chaboksar is a coastal city by the Caspian Sea in Rudsar County, East Gilan Province of Iran. A beautiful place to enjoy splendid nature, local food and other attractions with dense jungles and rice fields.
| Perspolis: Gate of All Nations, referring to subjects of the Persian Empire consisted of a grand hall that was almost 25 sq. mt with four columns and its entrance on the Western Wall where a pair of Lamassu (bulls with human heads) guard the threshold.
|| Natanz Nuclear Facility is a hardened Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) covering 100,000 square meters with approximately 7,000 centrifuges of which 5,000 are producing low enriched uranium used to produce electricity.
|| Rais Ali Dilavari Dam is a hydroelectric dam on Shapour River in Bushehr Province in Iran with an installed electricity generating capability of 70 MWh and a reservoir capacity of 685 mm3 covering an area of 25 km2.
|| Latyan Dam is located less than 25 km from Tehran in the south of city of Lavasan. It is one of the main sources of water for Tehran metropolitan region. Built on Jajrood River, Construction began in 1963 and inaugurated in 1967.
| Colorful glasswork shines lights of live through windows of Qavam House (also called "Narenjestan e Ghavam") is a traditional and historical mansion in Shiraz, Iran. It is set within the Persian gardens of Eram between 1879 and 1886 by Mirza Ibrahim Khan.
|| A view from the interior (dome) of a traditional Yakhchal(ice house) in Meybod, Iran. These structures used to store ice before invention of refrigerators. An inscription from 1700 BC in NW Iran records the construction of an icehouse,
|| The historical White Bridge of Ahvaz was inaugurated in 1936. The lead engineer was a German who passed away during the construction but his wife continued his work despite all problems and completed the project as expected.
|| State of the art Borj-e Milad, a 435 m-high multi-purpose Iranian concrete tower stands out on a relatively good day in terms of air pollution in Tehran which has become a serious issue of concern in a rapidly growing city of 12,000,000 population.
| Taq-e Bostan rock relief from the Sassanid Empire of Persia, the dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD located 5 km from the city of Kermanshah, western Iran, in the Zagros mountains enduring almost 1,700 years of wind and rain.
|| Taq-e Bostan carvings, some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanian Empire, include glorious representations of the investitures of Ardeshir II (379–383) and Shapour III (383–388)
|| Yazd Amir Chaqmaq Complex includes a mosque, Bazaar, Tekyeh and 3 water depots,it was built in 14th century A.D. The city of Yazd is located in the center of Iran, in a vast dry rain shadow desert valley overlooked by the Shir Kooh
|| Tile works at the entrance of Golestan Hamam of Fouman built in 1975 adorn with a verse of Quran. The traditional Persian Hamam had a special tradition and culture specially for occasions such as weddings and celebrations.
| Pars Hotel of Tabriz aka Hotel El-Goli is a 5 star hotel constructed on a 37000 Sq m. area. The structure covers a 28000 Sq m area and the 17 story building has a rotating restaurant on top. The hotel started its business on March, 20, 2002.
|| Khāné-ye Borūjerdīhā or "Borujerdis' House" is a historic house in Kashan, Iran. The house was built in 1857 by architect Ustad Ali Maryam, for the bride of Haji Mehdi Borujerdui, a wealthy merchant.
|| Reflection of the Shah Mosque in the pool at Isfahan's Naghshejahan Square, once the seat of the Safavid Empire, one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square.
|| Golestan Palace of Tehran is a unique mixture of western and oriental architecture of Qajar era. One of the oldest historic monuments, the Golestan Palace belongs to a group of royal buildings enclosed within the great Tehran citadel.
| Villa Kiani (Robust design and luxury by Makan Rahmanian and Kamran Heirati) , a luxurious villa built in Mohammad Shahr, near Karaj, Iran. Accommodation of 500 square meters with a L-shaped design of two volumes pool and outdoor terrace.
|| Fantastic view of the Isfahan Imam Mosque at Night. Aka Masjed-e Shah, constructions started during the reign of Shah Abbas to replace the much older Jameh Mosque in conducting the Friday prayers standing on south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square.
|| Muqarnas in the entrance gate to the Shah Mosque in Isfahan. Muqarnas developed around the middle of the 10th century in northeastern Iran. They take the form of small pointed niches, stacked in tiers which project beyond lower tiers
|| Isfahan's famous Khaju Bridge at dusk, 2012. AKA Pol-e khajoo, it might be the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan built by the Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 AD Serving as both a bridge, and a water regulator.
| Workers building the railroad on the Veresk Bridge in Iran that connects the Trans-Iranian Railway between Tehran and the Caspian Sea region. Today on average trains connecting Tehran to Gorgan or Sari pass over this bridge 4 times a day.
|| The Veresk Bridge under Construction: During WWII, it was known as the Pol-e Piroozi ("The bridge of victory")هف stands at 110 m tall and its arch measures 66 m long. The bridge serves the Trans-Iranian Railway network in Northern Iran.
|| Enamelled tileworks on the ceiling of Hafeziyeh (Tomb of Hafez) in Shiraz showcases use of colourful mosaic finished in 1951, the structure was elevated one metre above ground level and encircled with five steps.
|| The dome at the shirne of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili located in Ardabil, Iran. He was an eminent leader of an Islamic Sufi order established by the Safavids, first built by his son Sheikh Sadr al-Dīn Mūsā, after Sheikh Safi’s death in 1334.
| Beside the Sheikh Safi mausoleum, a tall, domed circular tower decorated with blue tile and about 17 meters in height is the 17th-century Porcelain House (Chini Khaneh) preserving the sanctuary's ceremonial China ware presented to Safavid kings.
|| Originally founded as Islamic Azad University of Tehran on Aug, 1, 1982, it currently has an enrollment of 1.5 million students, making it the world's second largest. The largest academic library in Iran, located in Najafabad campus.
|| Tehran's Milad Tower (also known as Borj-e Milad) with a height of 435 meters is the tallest building in Iran and as of Sep, 2012 the 15th tallest freestanding structure, and sixth tallest tower in the world.
|| Tehran Supreme Audit Court building. SAC is a government agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Located in Tehran, it is supervised by the Iranian Parliament since 1906 tasked with controlling state financial operations and activities.
| Tehran Saadabad Palace, the presidential office built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran. After the Revolution, the complex became a museum but the current presidential palace is located adjacent to the Saadabad compound.
|| Abadan Petrochemical Complex in Sep, 1970. Abadan Petrochemical Company manufactures and markets polyvinyl chloride (PVC), caustic soda, dodecyle benzene (D.D.B), and other polymers. The company was founded in 1966.
|| Narenjestan Hotel area, Noor.Mazandaran. Located on the Caspian Sea coast, on south it has a green mountainside by the river. Noor, formerly known as Suldeh is one of the oldest cities of Mazandaran Province.
|| The splendid Holly Serkis Armenian Church (Saint Sarkis Cathedral,Tehran). Today there are more about 200 Armenian temples in modern Iran territory.
| The Iran–Turkmenistan Friendship Dam (or Doosti Reservoir Dam) is a dam on the Hariroud River, which forms part of the international boundary between Iran and Turkmenistan. The dam was completed in 2004.
|| Book engraving of Iranistan, P.T. Barnum's residence Iranistan, a Moorish Revival mansion in Bridgeport, Connecticut that was commissioned by P. T. Barnum in 1848. It was designed by the Austrian-American architect Leopold Eidlitz.
|| The structure known as the Harem(seraglio) of Xerxes in Perspolis has been renovated in their original form in 1930s to be used as a Museum. The floor rests on a bedrock cut form the mountain and it has two entrances on south and north.
|| One of several buildings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghemelli Historical Complex (Meydan-e Mashgh), also a tourist attraction in Tehran built during the Qajar era. Achaemenid style structures were added during the Pahlavi era.
| A photo of the Embassy of Iran in Moscow, June, 2007. The Iranian embassy in Moscow is the diplomatic mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation. The chancery is located at 7 Pokrovsky Boulevard.
|| An Iranian worker rides a bike in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant Oct, 26, 2010. While Iranians brace for new sanctions imposed by hostile countries, nations are awakening to the fact that greedy corporations are pulling the strings.
|| Spring and May flowers welcome visitors to the Azadi Tower, previously known as the Shahyad is the symbol of Tehran, the capital of Iran, and marks the entrance to the city. Azadi meaning freedom has a special place as an Iranian revolutionary symbol.
|| Embassy of Iran in Ottawa, Canada January 2005. Iran moved into the facilities in the summer of 1991.In 1996, Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed to exchange Ambassadors. However, since 2007 relations were reduced to Chargé level.
| The 72m high Gonbad Qabus decagon with 3m-thick wall, divided into 10 sides, has a diameter of 17m . The Tower was built on such a scientific and architectural design that at the front of the Tower, at an external circle, one can hear one's echo.
|| Gonbad Qabus 72m Tower located in Golestan Province (formerly known as Dasht-e Gorgan) is a remnant of Ziyarid architecture; it is still the tallest pure-brick tower in the world, an enormous decagon a conic roof forming the golden ratio (Phi = 1.618)
|| Pahlavi era Zahedan Post Office before restorations was built on 570m sq in early 1930s with 16 rooms.Zahedan also known as Zahedan-e Yek; formerly known as Dowzdab is a city in and the capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran.
|| Eclipse of the moon is seen behind the Milad tower in Tehran, on June 16, 2011 (Reuters/Raheb Homavandi).
| Qazvin Alamout Castle, or,Ghaleh Hasan Sabbah on a cliff on mountain top near the Gazor Khan village has an area of 2000 m2. In 1090 the fortress was infiltrated and occupied by Hasan Sabbah the founder of powerful Assassins or Hashashin
|| A village House in the form of a Traditional apartment building in Roodbaneh of Gilan. Quake resistent and eco-friendly it's a nostalgic model, reminder of times when humans respected nature and lived peacefully without harming the environment.
|| Shirvan Domes is a 15th century mausoleum and imperial graveyard of the Shervanshah rulers; Iranian satraps of Achaemenid and Sassanid Persia in Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. The historical site is located at the foot of Gulistan Fortress.
|| Beautiful Khan Garden in Yazd with a magnificent mansion in the middle has been built by Mohammad Khan Vali with a large hall. There is a stable, teahouse, water depot and Persian Hamam making it a nice complex.
| Sassanid era Markooh Castle is located near Ramsar on the road to Tonekabon. Markooh castle has been renovated and used in different post-Islamic periods as a military base during raids. The western wall is 10m long and still remains intact.
|| On a rainy day, a soldier is patroling once the Iranian House of Senate building is now the Assembly of Experts.The function of a body like Senate is to give more political power to %1 of the society: the elite, lobbies, etc.
|| The splendid Dome at the house of Senate in Tehran was an architectural challenge of the time reflecting imperial ambitions of the Shah.Designed by the Architect Heydar Ghiayi , the construction was led by Rahmat Safayi, a technically challenging project
|| Roodkhan Castle or Ghaleh Roodkhan is a Sassanid era military complex located 25 km Southwest of Fouman, nicely built at the two peaks of a mountain at elevations of 715 and 670 meters.
| Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant under construction in 2005. Construction of the plant was started in 1975 by German companies, but the work was stopped in 1979.The work was delayed several years due to political pressure from the West.
|| 1500 years old Beyazeh Castle/Arc in Nayeen was built during Sassanid era but it was used in post Islamic times.During Ismailiyeh, it became headquarters for Hasan Sabbah followers.It was the only enduring castle against Hasan Kashi cannon raids in 1909.
|| Sassanid era Ghaledokhtar (Maiden Tower) in Baku / Azarbaijan. Also known as Qiz Qalesi or Kiz Kulesi in Turkish, the structure had been target of many invasions and it was almost destroyed defending against Russian cannons in 1723.
|| Sassanid era Dara City/Fortress in Mesapotamia, today's Oghuz village of Turkey fell into Roman hands when Euphrates became the Roman-Sassanid border.Because of its strategic importance, it became the scene of Roman-Persian conflicts of the 6th century.
| What is particularly interesting about Ardeshir Babakan Palace is that its architectural design does not exactly fall into that of the Parthians or even Sassanid category; the design is a unique design particular to architects of Fars/Persis.
|| Fars Province/Firouzabad: Sassanid king Ardeshir 1 (Babakan) Palace.also known as the Atashkadeh is a castle located on the slopes of the mountain on which Ghaleh Dokhtar is situated on Built in AD 224.
|| The historical Jareh Dam in Kazeroon was a registered national heritage, a monument of the Sassanid era (approx. 1700 years old) which was completely destroyed after a new dam was built on top of it.
|| The site of the Furg Citadel west of Birjand has been used in many eras. It was used by Sabbah followers alongside Alaout. Constructions of the present form, began during Nader Shah's reign by Mirza Bagha Khan and copleted by his son Mirza Rafi Khan.
| Khajoo Bridge is the culminating monument of Persian bridge architecture and one of the most interesting bridges extant...where the whole has rhythm and dignity and combines in the happiest consistency, utility, beauty, and recreation.
|| 1897 photo of Afshar era Blue Mosque of Erivan/Armenia: Built by Nader Shah.in 1736. In the latter half of the 1990s the mosque underwent a heavy restoration, funded by Iran. Blue Mosque is the only active mosque operating in Yerevan.
|| Safavid era Shah Abbas Mosque in Erivan/Armenia. This Mosque was built by Sheykh Bahaddin in 1606 at the same time with Shah Abbas Mosque in Ganjeh. As an educational center, it has a school and a library.
|| Safavid era Shah Abbas Mosque in Ganjeh, modern Azarbaijan. The photo is from late 19th century and the minarets have been destroyed under the Soviet rule as part of assimilation of ethnic minorities.
| Qajar era workers Constructing a Qanat system. Qanat is a water management system comprise of interconnected wells. The technology was developed in ancient Iran creating the basis for the Persian Empire out of nothing.
|| Heavy Water Reactor in Arak, Iran.World powers accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons while Iranian authorities insist on peaceful purposes. Investigations prove that many countries are involved in sabotaging Irans nuclear program
|| An ancient Mithraism Temple in the city of Badrood in Isfahan province. Mithraism is the cult of the ancient Persian goddes Mithra also worshipped in the first three centuries AD in Europe. Christianity seems to be a mixture of Mithraism and Judaism.
|| The entrance of the Tehran Metro Station cuts through the view of the historical building on the SW side of the Hasanabad Square. Although the French paving has made up for some of the damage, this seems to be the current price of population growth.
| Tehran's historical Baghemelli Entrance at Night Dec, 2010. The new light works give the place impression of a golden building. The gates of the Baghemelli compound were built by Jafar-khan Kashani in 1906. This was once the entrance to Meydan-e-Mashgh.
|| Pahlavi era : Iran Air Personel pose for a photograph in front of the head office. Two Pilots on the side and Hostesses in the middle give a happy smile in front of a replica of twin Shirdal from Perspolis with a poster of deposed Shah in the back.
|| The Jame Mosque of Natanz is a complex of a few buildings with a tall Minaret and a hexagon dome. There's a firealtar from the Sassanid period near this mosque which was built during Oljaitu's reign.
|| The Hakim Mosque of Isfahan is a Safavid era historical heritage. Located at the end of the Rangrezan Bazaar, it was built by Hakim Mohammad Davoud, the personal doctor of Shah Abbas 2 on the ruins of Jameh Deylami Mosque from the 4th century Hijri.
| Deylami Tower in the village of Komrood in the Alborz Mountains near Noor. It’s the mausoleum of Fakroddoleh Deylami. The Deylami dynasty was one of the first Iranian resistence movements against the Arab invasion that led to fall of Caliph of Baghdad.
|| Tabriz the Ali Shah Arc in Qajar era. It was built by Khajeh Tajoddin Ali Shah. As one of the tallest historical monuments in Iran, it is a symbol of the city of Tabriz.
|| Zoroastrian Tower of Silence (Dakhmeh) near Yazd, the greatest Zoroastrian community. In ancient times, these tombs so-to-say were built as the last resting place for the dead whose bodies were left there.
|| The Roof of the Jame(Jomeh) Mosque of Isfahan which can be considered a museum of Islamic arts, has been contructed in the beginning of the 6th century Hijri. The unique decoration is like small altars towards moving the ceiling.
| The Shah Sultan Hossein (Mother of Shah) Madrasa in Chaharbagh of Isfahan was built during Safavid by mother of Sultan Hossein as a clergy school. Splendid tile-works separates this building from others in the historical city of Isfahan.
|| Kharaghan Twin towers in Qazvin Tomb of two Seljuk Princes belong to 1067 AD. An earthquake in 2000 severely damaged both towers. Seljuk Turks ruled Asia Minor in the 11th to 13th centuries and gradually adopted Persian culture and language.
|| The blue Dome of Sheikh Zahed Mausoleum in Lahijan is a very nice combination of multiple schools of architecture applying tile works to geometrical shapes that somehow melts into the simplicity of clay in the brick typical north buildings underneath.
|| Lahijan Sheikh Zahed Mausoleum on a rainy day in 2010. Sheikh Zahed was the master and also the father-in-law of Sheikh Safioddin Ardebili who founded the Safavid dynasty.
| Tehran Toopkhaneh Square in 1930. Unfortunately, the Police headquarters (Nazmiyeh) building no longer exists.
|| Tehran Bank Melli Iran on the Ferdowsi Ave; the first Iranian commercial bank was established in 1928 and the long-awaited dream of the Iranian nation turned into reality.
|| Pahlavi era a Prison (Mahbas) at the Police headquarters (Shahrbani) during Reza Shah's reign. The place, in Khayyam st. was also used to keep political prisoners until the Ghasr and Evin prisons were built.
|| Tehran 50 meter high Azadi (Shahyad) Tower & Square under Construction in 1970. After completion, Standing guard like a sentry at the gates of Tehran, it became the symbol of modern day welcome-to-Tehran.
| Qajar era: Sepahsalar Mosque in Baharestan. The handwriting reads, Shops in the mosque are open during Ramazan. The oval pool in the middle has a beautiful view. The mosque is a historical site now dedicated to clergy school not open to public.
|| The historical Akbariyeh Mosque Lahijan. The beautiful hexagonal brick minaret is nicely constructed on a wooden structure visible of the edges. The blue themed tile-works was a effort of the artist to create harmony with the skies and divinity.
|| Qazvin, the once blue Soltaniyeh Dome is the tomb of the Ilkhanate Oljaitu who converted to Islam and took the name Mohammad Khodabandeh. Soltaniyeh remains the best known monument of Ilkhanate Persia.
|| Qajar Saltanatabad Palace Hozkhaneh was built in 1305 LH during Naseroddin Shah's reign in Rostamabad as a good example of the Qajar architecture.
| The Eshratabad Palace was built in a garden during Naseroddin Shah's reign outside the Darvazeh Shemiran city-Gate. The building has a nice roof called Kolah-Farangi (European chapeau) which was a common architectural style of Qajar palaces.
|| The Brick hexagon Minaret of the Al-Mehdi Mosque of Lahijan in Gilan, looks rather old compared to the mosque itself. The Sherbafan district used to have more than silk weaving textile machines which before Russian occupation of Gilan.
|| Located 25 km southwest of Fouman Roodkhan Castle is a military complex which had been constructed during the Seljuk Dynasty.The Castle is built on two tips of a mount, with an area of 50,000 square meters.
|| The Post Telegraph Building in Toopkhaneh , a major town square and a neighborhood in the south of the central district of Tehran in 1950s. The beautiful historical building was destroyed and replaced by an ugly rectangular piece of junk.
| The Shah Abbas Mosque is one of few remaining Safavid era monuments in Ganjeh in today's Azerbaijan Republic.The original brick dome, (probably destroyed) has been replaced by a tin one. Russians Ganjeh took Ganjeh from Iran in 1813.
|| The Miyanposhteh Palace & Museum in Anzali 2010. The Miyanposhteh Palace & Military Museum complex is built between the Qazian Bridge and Anzali Bridge in the middle of a nice garden full of citrus and cypress trees.
|| Qazvin: Safavid 40sotoon (Chehelsotoon) palace. The building is a pavilion in the city of Qazvin that was primarily built during Safavid era in two floors. The first floor has 3 layers of wall paintings and the second floor was renovated during Qajar era.
|| Susa, Khuzestan province of Iran. This photo shows Jewish Prophet Daniel's Mausoleum during Qajar era. He lived during Achaemenid Empire when freedom of religion let him preach Judaism despite the fact that Iranians were Zoroastrian.
| Shiraz Textile Museum: The building was the first textile Factory built in 1925, now turned into the museum of textile. The old brick building is located inside a nice garden with citrus fruits which is a famous characteristic of the city of Shiraz.
|| The Feen Garden (Baghefin) and Hamam complex in Kashan shines like a jewel in the middle of the desert. No wonder why the word Paradice is derivated from the Persian word Pardis that stands for garden.
|| *The Tabatabaee House in Kashan* is a masterpiece of architectural significance from Qajar era. Special windmills as cooling system has been warding off the desert heat for centuries showcasing sustainable development as taught by our ancestors.
|| Shiraz, Winter 2010: People spending a nice afternoon around historical Karimkhan Arc from Zand Dynasty (1750-1794) Birds are chasing the Clouds across the tower.
| Tehran Cinema Diana on Shahreza Street in 1951. The cinema used to be Film distribution company (S.A. Pakhche-film) at the time. After the Islamic Revolution the movie theater changed its name to Sepideh Cinema.
|| Historical Tehran:Sepideh Cinema on Enghelab street in 2010. The disturbing green/white fence is the bus lane supposed to serve tehran's crazy traffic. This is one of few movie theatres in Tehran that have survived a bumpy post revolution era.
|| Perspolis Harem of Xerxes 2009: The structure to the east of Tripylon and Hadish is the palace known as the Harem of Xerxes. The central half and a number of rooms were restored to their original form in 1930.
|| Gilan The Langroud Brick Bridge is the only known historical structure in Langroud which can not be exactly dated although it is thought to be from Safavid era because according to documents, there was only reference to a wooden bridge until 1506.
| The Toghrol Tower which is a brick round building is located in Rhagae. This 2010 photo has a glimpse through the entrance that has an exit on the opposite side. The inscription on top of this door is dated 1301 Loonar Hijri when Marv separated from Iran.
|| Naghshe Rostam Zarathustra Cube or Cube of Zoroaster.Naqsh-e Rostam is an archaeological site located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in Fars province, Iran. Naqsh-e Rostam lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab.
|| The Throne Hill (Talletakht) also known as the throne of Solomon's mother is 6000 m.sq. built on a natural hill stands 50m above ground and has a view of the entire iPasargadae historical site. It was primary built by Cyrus The Great (559-529 BC).
|| Pasargadae Stone Tower AKA Solomon Prison. It's believed to be the tomb of Cambyses of which only one 14m wall has been reconstructed similar to the Cube of Zoroaster in Naghshe Rostam. Some believe this building was the treasury or fire temple.
| Pasargadae's Public Palace was separated from private palaces and was used when king accepted people representatives. Built on 2472 m.sq. with a 705 m. sq. hall in the middle. Only one of the eight main 13.1 m. columns of this hall is available now.
|| Pasargadae Royal Palace is located 1300m NW of the tomb of Cyrus The Great. The 3192 m.sq infrastructure shows a central hall and two terraces on east and west side with openings to the Royal Garden and waterfront, it must have been a beautiful landscape.
|| A beautiful night view with the bright stars in the sky: This Brick House called Haji Agha Saray in Ghasemabad village of Rafsanjan is believed to be the biggest of its kind in the world,
|| Sun sets on the Karimkhan Zand Arc in Shiraz. A nice view from the Terrace 2010. Two poles hold the roof and create a magnificent atmosphere.
| Pots of Flowers lined up beautifully by a small stream inside Karimkhan Zand Arc in Shiraz 2010. Orange trees fill the garden space with a nice aroma.
|| A beautiful view from Isfahan's Marnan Bridge over the Zayanderood river at night
|| A structure that looks like a Fireplace inside Isfahan's Alighapoo Palace
|| Gilan, the historical Golestan Hamam in the city of Sangar probably dates back to Pahlavi I era.
| The Kolahfarangi building located in the city of Abadeh belongs to Qajar reign and is part of the cultural heritage center of the city.
|| The historical Caravansaray in Aminabad village between Isfahan and Abadeh seems to belong to the chain of caravansarays built during Safavid Dynasty in order to facilitate trade.
|| Rows of orange trees on two sides the pool inside Karimkhan Zand Arc of Shiraz 2010. Built in 4000 m2 area, the citadel is the largest and the most outstanding complex of the Zand dynasty.
|| Bikes (Bicycle) inside Isfahan Historical Bazaar look more acceptable than motorcycles which pollute the air and make lots of noise that may harm this glorious atmopsphere
| Isfahan Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque 2010 : Fountains add to the glory of this amazing mosque which has not minarets. Secret high level meetings took place here using an underground passage from Alighapoo Palace during Safavid dynasty.
|| Isfahan Alighapoo palace might be of first examples of a 6 story Apartment besides depicting Persian genius with a pool and water fountain on the third floor and the amazing music hall on the last floor.
|| Isfahan's magnificient Shah Abbasi Mosque on the southern side of the Naghshejahan square.
|| Isfahan : People pass over the historical Shahrestan Bridge at the entrance of Isfahan's fair.
| Isfahan : Bust of Iranian poet Saeb Tabrizi decorates the entrance to his Mausoleum inside a beautiful garden. Fountains inside the pool in the middle give a refreshing insight.
|| Night view from the a small mansion at middle of Isfahan's Khajoo Bridge which used to be set as a royal residential for Safavid family or preferred guests.
|| Tehran: The mansion of Qajar Vezir Ghavamossaltaneh who survived through Pahlavi reign too. Ghavamossaltaneh is getting in his car. The house has turned into Abgineh Musum.
|| Tehran's Milad Tower on the night before Ashura, 2009. Aka Borj-e-Milad ,it is the tallest tower in Iran and Middle East region with Islamic-Iranian architectural art design.Milad tower is part of The Tehran International Trade and Convention Center
| Street view from Tehran's Eshratabad Palace and garden in 2009. It's now inside the Revolutionary Guards garrison.
|| Tehran's symbolic Azadi Square on Dec, 26, 2009. The building has been recently washed and restoration work has recently taken place.
|| Tabriz Bagheshomal (north garden) building / Photograph from Qajar era
|| Tehran Baghemelli / Photograph from Qajar era
| Ghoochan Shojaoddoleh House/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| Semnan Shah Mosque/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| People in their Qajar style attire in an in in Qazvin/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| Iran Police Headquarters(Shahrbani) in Tehran / Photograph from Qajar era
| Isfahan Namakdan building 1969/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| Isfahan Khajoo Bridge 1968/ Photograph from Qajar era
|| 1958 Isfahan's Shah Madrasa, a mosque which is used as a traditional school of theology./ Photograph from Qajar era
|| Isfahan's Alighapoo building was registered as national heritage in1932. Women in Qajar style chador covering their face are seen in front of Shah Abbad Palace entrance./ Photograph from Qajar era
| The Salam (greetings) hall of the Golestan Palace where Qajar kings accepted guests. The Peacock Throne in the middle is a replica.
|| Abbasi era national hero Babak Khorramdin's Castle in Noor. Babak was the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin and was executed in Samara.
|| An airplane flies over Tehran's Criminal Police department while a Peykan vehicle passes by. Also called Agaahi, The Iranian version of Criminal Investigation Intelligence unit is located in a beautiful old building, constructed in style and tradition.
|| Ancient Tehran Aqueduct and Yakhchal reconstructed in a park in Takhti Street.
| Qajar Yaqut (ruby) Palace also known as Sorkhe-hesar mansion in 1924
|| Choghazanbil Zigorat Temple in Susa is a mixture of art and method combined into an eternal glittering Elamite civilization.
|| The window decorated with nice flowers at the Village of Abyaneh.Characterized by a peculiar reddish hue, the historical village attracts numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies.
|| Ctesiphon's Taghe-Kasra was ancient city, in central Mesopotamia the of capital the Parthian Empire. After being destroyed by the Romans in the 1st century AD, it was resettled by the Sassanid Empire in 3rd century unti it was conquered by Arabs in 637.
| Into the light : A long tunnel used for ceremonial purposes at Rhagae Firealtar. Located on a beautiful hill in the middle of meadows, the Rhagae Firealtar or the Tappe-mill is a Sassanid structure 18 meters above the ground near Ghaleh-no.
|| Above:The last photograph from north side of Sassanid Nahavand Castle taken by Naseroddin Shah Qajar before destroying it in search of treasures. The images below show the main gate that was only accessible through a bridge.
|| The Tomb of Cyrus The Great, founder of Achaemenid Empire and Iran in the Meadows Pasargadae,Fars province 2004
|| An autumn afternoon in 2009, Tehran's Saint Sarkis Church 2009 in Karimkhan Zand st. A building size poster of Imam Khomeini is seen in the back sending a strong message: Dear Khomeini, we'll never put down the flag you've raised.
| A vendor is selling his veggies in front of the Char Padeshah (four kings) Mausoleum Lahijan
|| The magnificent Roof at the Safavid Chehelsotoon Palace in Isfahan with various colorful designs is a materpiece that has been inspiring carpet makers, painters, and other artists in Iran.
|| Restoration efforts continue at Qajar era Shamsolemareh building in Naserkhosro Street, Tehran 2009
|| A Petrochemical unit in Asalouyeh city in Bushehr.
| The source of the Carrhae river is Zagros mountains in NW Iran. Carrhae Dam regulates water needed for agriculture. The Carrhae river is the third plentiful river in Iran which pours into Hourolazim swamp on Iran-Iraq border after travelling 900km.
|| Mirza Kouchak Khan's house has been converte to a museum for public visit in Rasht city in Gilan province
|| A painting from Jewish Prophet Heyghoogh Mausoleum in Tuyserkan. Also known as Habahook, he lived around 600 BC.
|| Kashan Mansion of Boroujerdi basement where there's a photo exhibition
| Tehran : The house of Mrs. Fakhroddoleh (Ashrafolmolook), daughter of Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar, Wife of Mohsen Khan Aminoddoleh. The three story house was made of 30,000 yellow bricks.
|| Neishabour, Mausoleum of Omar Khayyam: 11th century philosopher, scientist, astronomer, born as son of a tentmaker, Khayyam is recognized worldwide as one of the most revered Persian poets whose Rubaiyat carries a universal message beyond time & borders.
|| Ahvaz White Bridge (Pol-e-Sefid) on Karoon River in Khuzestan province
|| Amirkabir Dam Karaj is the first multi-purpose dam in Iran built in 1963
| Fouman Masouleh historical home apartments; Houses built on top of each other in a way that a house's roof is the neighbor's yard.
|| The Karoon 3 Dam and power plant is located NE Khuzestan 140m North of Ahvaz. Iranian made, the state of the art Bridge creates a beautiful view. Karoon-3 is the tallest concrete dam in Iran.
|| Toghrol Tower in Rhagae is attributed to Toghrol Bey from the Seljuk dynasty. The 20m tall Brick has a 15m outer and 11m inner diameter and 24 sleeves. Inscriptions and most of inner decorations have been destroyed during Qajar era.
|| Rhagae Emamzadeh Ebrahim Mausoleum is a sacred shrine for people who want to perform their religious rituals also creating a nice relaxing atmophere to take some rest on a Friday afternoon..
| The Manjil Dam in the province of Gilan has not only been generating hydro-electricity for the national network, but also a continuous source of water for agriculture and fishery.
|| Qajar era prominent political and religious figure in Constitutional Monarchy Movement : Seyyed Jamaloddin Asadabadi
|| Tehran Officers Club 2009
|| Pahlavi Bank Melli Branches 1.Sari 2.Bandar Gaz 3.Tabriz 4.Shahi 5.Qazvin 6.Markazi
| Tehran Baghemelli Entrance Pahlavi
|| Semnan Alhak Caravansaray
|| Time stood still after an Iraq air Raid on a House in Khorramshahr. Pictures on the wall and the fan on what is left of a ceiling are the scenes of a Crime not less than Holocaust against which world powers preferred to stay silent.
|| Khorramshahr : The Seyyedoshohada Mosque became target of Destruction by Iraq Attack. World powers remained silent when a war crime was taking place in Iran's Khuzestan province
| A Bomb turns School in Khorramshahr into Rubbles. The Iraqi regime backed by western powers did not hesitate to target all civilian facilities breaking all international conventions.
|| A picture means a thousand words, A Child in the Ruins of a house shows a Book and clothes of another child during the Iran-Iraq war in the city of Khorramshahr
|| Pumping Station and Power Plant in the background parts of the Oil facilities
|| Tehran One of the buildings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in United Nations Street
| Pasargadae Cyrus The Great Tomb, Nemati's rendering of the king lying in peace under the Stars. Achaemenid Cyrus was the founder of Iran.
|| Afghanistan Mazar Sharif is said to be the tomb of Zoroaster and burial of one of coffins brought from Najaf during Mahmoud Ghaznavi's reign.
|| Qom Lights on Hz. Masoumeh Mausoleum on his brother Imam Reza's Birthday
|| Tehran Plasco Shopping Mall 2009
| Shiraz Saadi Mausoleum (Saadiyeh) at Night
|| Shiraz Quran Gate (Darvaze Ghoran)
|| West Azerbaijan Kara Church (Ghara-Kelisa) or Tatavoos is a huge ancient Armenian monastery located in the mountainous area of Iran's West Azarbaijan Province, about 20 kilometers from the town of Maku.
|| Qom Jamkaran Mosque Minaret Construction
| Karbala Imam Hossein Golden Dome Minaret
|| Kermanshah Anahita Temple Columns are a major tourist attraction built during Parthian empire. Anahita is the goddess of rivers, beauty, abundance and bliss in the ancient religion.
|| Golestan's Gonbad Kavoos Dome is the world's tallest Tower made of bricks. Built in 11th century AD during Al-Ziar dynasty, it's 55m tall.
|| Tehran Bazaar Lotfali Khan Zand Tomb : The place is not in shape and the signs directing to a museum are fake.
| Sistan Baluchestan Heidarabad Fortress : Built in 1920 by Eidoo Khan, it was used as his residence until 1928.
|| Javanmard Ghassab is a legendary personality whose mosauleum is located in Rhagae south of Tehran in a district in his name. The book Nejatolgholub has mentioned him as a brave national hero.
|| Tooyserkan Prophet Habaghoogh (Habakkuk or Havakuk) Mausoleum who lived 700BC
|| 435 meters Tehran Milad Tower under Construction 2007 to become the new symbol of the city
| 435 meters Tehran Milad Tower: Workers install components during Construction
|| Taghebostan complex is a collection of inscriptions and embossed Sassanid figues that are located at the entrance of Kermanshah.Bahram the 4th founded the city of Kermanshah in Western Persia which was called after him.
|| Rhagae Emamzadeh Taher 2009
|| Founded by the British, Tehran's historical Bank of Persia which became Bank Bazargani which later became Bank Tejarat, 2009
| Tehran Ancient Iran (Iran-Bastan) Museum. Here, an ancient collections of potteries are on display dating from the 5th millennium B.C, decorated very primitively. The potteries are in three different colors.
|| Tehran Baghemelli Entrance used to be the portal to army training site built by Reza Khan near the end of Qajar era.
|| Tehran Jomhouri Cinema burning in Fire / Nov, 14, 2008
|| Fouman Roodkhan Castle sits at the two peaks of a mountain at elevations of 715 and 670 metres and contains strong fortifications and battlements at a length of 1,550 metres. The castle's 42 towers still stand intact.
| Workers having a break at the Abadan Refinery 1913
|| Rhagae Shah Abdolazim Shrine Golden Dome, Minarets and pool
|| Rhagae Shah Abdolazim Shrine
|| Tehran Resalat Freeway Milad Tower
| Tehran Eram Park Museum of Money
|| Isfahan Constitution House
|| Qom Jamkaran Mosque Domes and minarets 2008
|| Kashan Boroujerd House: A photograph Exhibition at the basement 2008
| Kashan Boroujerd House Decoration 2008
|| Kashan Boroujerdi House Roof Quranic Decoration 2008
|| Kashan, decoration on the roof of the Boroujerdi House 2008
|| Rhagae Citadel view from North 2009
| A view of Rhagae Citadel from Top (Looking towards West), and the city in the backgroung 2009
|| View from East of the 6000 year old Rhagae Citadel with a view of 8000 year old Cheshmeh Ali fountain 2009.
|| Remains of the Rhagae Citadel from South East which is about 452m long
|| Remains of the Rhagae Citadel from South 2009. These city walls were built to protect the city from invaders around 4000 BC. Dimensions used to be 2500m x 1800m circling an area of 4500000 meters where the city was located.
| Rhagae Babouyeh Gholamreza Takhti Mausoleum 2009
|| Rhagae Babouyeh Ali Akbar Dehkhoda/ Author of dictionary Tomb 2009
|| The historical buiding of the Darolfonoon School founded by Amirkabir / Naserkhosro Street, Tehran 2009
|| Tehran Radio Station 1960s
| Lahijan Chinese style Building
|| A view from Fouman's historical village of Masouleh Houses
|| Stable for Horses inside the Alamout Castle/ Qazvin
|| Qazvin: ruins of the famous Alamout Castle where the word assassination was born.According to Hamdollah Mostowfi, the first fortress was built in 840 at an elevation of 2,100 m. It was built in a way that had only one passable artificial entrance.
| Kashan Mansion of Boroujerdi 2008
|| Telecommunication center in Tehran Toopkhaneh Imam Khomeini Square 2009
|| Old Iran Cinema in Tehran's Lalezar Street 2009
|| Tehran Yaftabad Furniture Mall a robotic Groom tries to reach up for the Bride
| Rey Ebne-Babouyeh Mausoleum is also a very old cemetery
|| Tehran Rhagae (Rey) Ebne-Babouyeh Mausoleum Minarets. In the cemetry, tombs of Mirzadeh Eshghi, Ali Akbar dehkhoda, and Dr. Hossein Fatemi are buried
|| Construction of a new dome on Qom Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum
|| Qom Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum Pool
| Qom Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum Gate
|| Mir Shamseddin Lahiji Mausoleum
|| Lahijan Four Kings (Char Padeshah) Mausoleum
|| Rasht Municipality Clock Tower
| The Windmill of Safi Mosque in Rasht provides green ventilation.
|| Gilan Sefidrood River Bridge
|| Rasht Kolahfarangi Building
|| 102 m. Loshan Bridge was built at the beginning of the Safavid Dynasty and has been associated with many historical events ever since
| 37m long Langroud Brick Bridge was built during Fathali Shah of Qajar dynasty.
|| Lahijan Kashefossaltaneh Mausoleum: Haji Mohammad Mirza was sent on a mission to India where he was aquainted with planting tea which he introduced to Iranians and created a source of income for locals.
|| Dr. Mohammad Moein's Mausoleum in Astaneh Ashrafiyeh is a precious visting place for lovers of Persian literature. He was the author of Farhang-e-Moein, one of earliest dictionaries.
|| Sheikh Zahed Gilani Mausoleum is located in Shikhanevar village of Lahijan and is the tomb of Tajoddin Ebrahim
| Qom Azam Mosque
|| Qom Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum East
|| Qom Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum Entrance
|| Qom Emamzadeh Ali-ebne-Jafar Darbehesht
| Qom Kahak Emamzadeh Masoumeh (Zinat Khatoun) is located in Kahak village 24 km from Qom. The Mausoleum was first built by Shah Ismail's daughter
|| Qom Hasanabad Caravansaray
|| Qom Stone Castle Caravansaray is located 35 km NW Qom.
|| Qom Feyzieh Mosque. The oldest part belongs to Safavid era by beautiful tiles in 1533AD
| Qom Molla Sadra's House
|| Qom: Saint Masoumeh Mausoleum at Night. She was the sister of Imam Reza.
|| Restoration efforts in Isfahan's Khajoo Bridge 2009
|| Shiraz : Inside of Shah Shoja Mausoleum. Shah Shoja was the second ruler of the Mozaffarid dynasty who imprisoned and blinded his father Mobarezoddin who was known for his cruelty in 1358. Mobarezoddin died in prison in 1363.
| Shah Shoja Mausoleum from Al Mozaffar (Mozaffarid) dynasty who died in 1384 in Shiraz. Shah Shoja was less tyrannic figure, but he was constantly fighting with his brothers, causing a long period of instability.
|| Birjand Baharestan Palace Zand era front view
|| A view of Birjand Zand Palace ruins built in 1791 from top
|| The Avicenna (Abu Ali Sina) Mausoleum in Hamedan. Ibn-Sina (980-1037), foremost Persian doctor and philosopher and scientist who was born in a small town near Bukhara (Uzbekistan) and died in Persia.
| The two story Chelebioghli Mausoleum (tomb of Soltan Chelebi) in Khodabandeh is located 500m SW of Soltaniyeh. Started in 1259 AD, the construction was completed in 26 years.
|| The Mausoleum belongs to Qeidar Nabi, son of Ismail, son of Abraham from Jewish prophets located in Abhar/Zanjan. Built in 1319, the Dome was added in 1350 AD. During Safavi and Qajar era decorations were added.
|| Pir Ahmad Zahrnoush Mausoleum Abhar dates back to around 1180 AD (Ilkhanates) Legend goes that Pir Ahmad was a Sufi who used to drink poison before starting to do Sama (a mixture of pray and dance)
|| The three Dashkesin Caves are located 10 km SW Soltaniyeh Abhar/Zanjan. First used for Mithraism ceremonies, Oljaitu had brought Chinese artists to curve dragons on the rocks.
| Rakhtshooykhaneh Laundry House Zanjan
|| Imam Ali Shrine Najaf Iraq
|| Isfahan Teimuri Hall Natural History Museum
|| Tehran University Main Entrance. The gates have gradually become an icon of the University's status in Iran's Higher Education system.The gates are depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 500 rials banknote.
| Mecca Prophet Mosque Entrance
|| The Mecca Prophet/Nabi Mosque at night
|| Mecca Prophet Mosque Green Dome
|| A beautiful view from the Mecca Prophet/Nabi Mosque with a green dome
| Restoration efforts on the Cyrus Mausoleum Pasargadae
|| Boats by the Sheikh Khazal Palace
|| View from under the 33Pol Bridge Isfahan
|| Choghazanbil Shoosh Khuzestan Aqueduct
| Tehran University Entrance view from inside. The University of Tehran main entrance was designed in 1965 by Korosh Farzami, one of the students of the faculty of Fine Arts of the University.
|| Isfahan 33pol Zayanderood River
|| The 200 tons Soltaniye Dome Abhar was built between 1305-1312 AD during Soltan Mohammad Khodabandeh (Oljaitu) reign
|| Apadana Susa East Stairways
| Artaxerxes III Tomb
|| Artaxerxes II Tomb
|| Perspolis Entrance Stairs
|| Perspolis Gate of all Nations
| Golestan Abyaz Palace
|| Ghavamossaltaneh House
|| White Bridge in Ahvaz/Khuzestan
|| Eram Garden & Palace in Shiraz went under supervision of Shiraz University after a bill was passed at the Majlis on June, 6, 1967. The garden became Eram Botanical Garden of Shiraz University.
| Ghaleh Roodkhan can be separated into west and east sections with many rooms, a fountain in the middle, Persian Hamam, barracks, stable, secondary gate, and an inner tower. According to the Roodkhan Castle legend, it was never conquered by the enemy.
|| Roodkhan Castle was primarily used as a base for Marzban forces (border patrol) to launch surprise attacks on possible invading armies. It was also a fortified city where people escaped to in such case as Turkic bandit attacks.
|| A view from the inside Marble Palace paintings on the walls on top of stairways
|| The roof of the Vank Church (Cathedral) Jolfa/Isfahan
| The beautiful Alighapoo Palace in Isfahan at Night
|| 33Pol Bridge Zayanderood Isfahan Night
|| Si-o-se Pol on Zayandeh River (Bridge of 33 Arches) is one of the 11 bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I from his chancellor Allahverdi Khan.
|| Khajoo Bridge Isfahan Winter
| Alighapoo Palace Isfahan : According to some accouts the name Alighapoo in Turkish means The Ali Gate
|| The Arc Mosque of Tabriz was built between 1316-1324 AD during Mohammad Khodabandeh's reign: also known as Ark-e AliShāh, Ark-e Tabriz and Masjid AliShāh.The structure today stands 28 meters high.
|| Kandovan Village Tabriz Hotel
|| Kabood Mosque Tabriz is a monument from Kara Koyunlu Turkmens built in 1466 AD. All but the main gate was destroyed in 1778 earthquake which is amazing.
| The Municipality Palace is located at the Clock or Shahriar Square in Tabriz was built by German engineers in 1933.
|| Atabak Park Palace
|| Pigeon House (Kabootar-khaneh) Meybod Yazd
|| Poshtbadam Caravansaray Yazd
| Seyyed Roknoddin Mausoleum Yazd
|| 6 Windmill (badgir) Water Depot of Yazd is one of about 100 such depots, that together with Kanats supplied water in the desert, consisting of depot (tank), a dome, passage, and windmills to keep the water cool and fresh.
|| Narin/Narenj Castle in Meybod of Yazd is a pre-Islamic building which has been repaired many times.
|| 33 m tall Windmill of Dowlatabad Garden in Yazd was built to function as the air-conditioning system in the desert.
| Dowlatabad Garden and palace of Yazd has been built by Mohammad Taghi Khan of Zan dynasty
|| In Chekchekoo (Chak Chak) Firealtar near Ardakan of Yazd, there are constantly waterdrops from mountains that have given the name to this temple. Every year on June 14-18 Zoroastrians from around the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple.
|| Amir Chakhmakh Mosque Yazd building was completed in 1438 AD near the end of Teimurid era and was improved during Safavi dynasty.
|| Boroujerd St (Emamzadeh) Jafar Mausoleum belongs to Seljuk era, rebuilt in 1789, it has been decorated during Safavid and Qajar era.
| Haj agha Torab Hamam (Persian Bath) Nahavand
|| Tabriz Bazaar Mirza Shafi Passage
|| Tabriz historical Bazaar is one of its kind with its unique design and brick roofs
|| Poets Mausoleum (Maghberatolshoara) and Sahebolamr Minaret in Tabriz
| Poets Mausoleum Tabriz Maghberatolshoara
|| Poets Mausoleum (Maghberatol-shoara) in Tabriz is the tomb of many famous Iranian poets and philosophers
|| Gonbad Kabood Dome in Maragheh is said to be the tomb of Hulagu's mother
|| Sharbat Ogli House Tabriz
| Constitution House museum Tabriz
|| Kardasht Hamam (Persian Bath) Qajar
|| Sassanid Poledokhtar Bridge in Miyaneh, East Azarbaijan was partly destroyed by a mine that Soviet backed Democrat Party militia planted.
|| Jamalabad Caravansaray in Miyaneh, one of several building during Shah Abbas Safavi that aimed to promote trade and transport safety
| Khajeh Nasir Observatory in Maragheh Mongol Ilkhanates period
|| Khajeh Nasir Observatory in Maragheh was built during Hulagu Khan / Ilkhanates: 1260 AD
|| Zahhak Castle of Maragheh is located 30 km from Ajabshir on the east coast or Urmia lake
|| Kardasht Castle built by the Aras river in Qajar era near Kalibar village, East Azarbaijan
| Enormous Kiz Kalesi (Girl Castle) located in Poledokhtar, East Azarbaijan
|| Babak/Jomhour Castle in Kalibar, East Azarbaijan. Babak was the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin and was executed in Samara.
|| Gharluja Kliber Tower Mongol era East Azarbaijan
|| Prophet Danial Mausoleum in Susa : Daniel became famous for interpreting dreams and rose to become one of the most important figures in the royal court and lived well into the reign of the Achaemenid Empire.
| Sassanid era Bazehor Firealtar in Mashhad is a Zoroasterian fire temple.
|| Nana Maryam Church Urmia
|| Sorop Serkis Church Khoy 4th century AD
|| Kara Church (Ghara-Kelisa) Maku, district of Siyah Cheshmeh. The palace is sacred because Tatarus, Bartelemius and 3500 of their followers were killed by the king of Armenia in 43AD
| The historical Sepahsalar Mosque in 1947
|| Takhte Soleyman Castle Takab Azarbaijan Sassanid, on the south side, Khosrau's terrace and bedroom are located
|| Historical Urmia Bazaar in West Azarbaijan was built during Safavid era but additions were made during Zand and Qajar dynasties
|| Khatun Bridge built around 1780 in Khoy, West Azarbaijan
| Garden palace Maku, West Azerbaijan was built during Mozaffaroddin Shah's reign in the middle of a garden
|| Choghazanbil Temple Susa 1300BC
|| Pre-Islamic Minarets in Isfahan were used as observation and communication towers and and for guidance of caravans
|| Khajoo Bridge of Isfahan, an architectural masterpiece of Safavid era that was used as a water regulator
| Original bases of the Atashgah (Firealtar) belong to Elamid era 2 km west of Isfahan on the Najafabad rd.
|| Chehelsotoon (40sotoon) Palace in Winter
|| The dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque is seen across the Shah Mosque at Naghshejahan square in Isfahan.
|| Construction of Jolfa Armenian Vank (Salvation for all) Church was completed in 1664 AD, a symbol of co-existence between Muslim and Christian communities.
| The Shah Abbas Mosque located south of the Naghshejahan sq, Isfahan. The new minarets and entrance were added later to make it accessible through the world's second largest square
|| The mysterious music hall wall at the Alighapoo Palace is a masterpiece of interior design in Safavid era.
|| Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Naghshejahan square of Isfahan
|| The dome at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is used as a classical design on Persian carpets. At center, glittering tiles form a shape that resembles a peacock always pointing the Kiblah
| Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is located at the Eastern corner of the Naghshejahan square in Isfahan. With no minarets, it was used as the royal mosque and a secret gathering place for Safavid officials
|| The Mansion of Ghavamossaltaneh is now Abgineh Museum/Tehran
|| Iran Baastan National Museum /Tehran. The oldest objects on display date back to prehistoric eras. There is a three dimensional map at the entrance of the first Building on which one can see all parts of historical Iran.
|| Iran Carpet Museum/Tehran
| The museum of contemporary arts in Tehran
|| Historical Amir Bahador Mansion located in Tehran
|| Sepahsalar Mosque / Motahhari cleric school
|| Interior of the Golestan Palace : Beautiful mirror work decorates the walls
| Tehran's Mohammadiyeh Gate, one of 14 gates to old Tehran
|| Cars used to enter the Baghemelli Garden. The street named United Nations (Melal-e-Mottahid) is now closed to traffic to preserve the historical landscape.
|| The entrance to military training (Mashgh) Square was originally built in 1920s. The land was later dedicated as Baghemelli (National Garden)
|| Toghrol Tower Rhagae is the Mausoleum of Toghrol of Seljuk Empire
| Iranian flags waving around Azadi Square
|| Mausoleum of Achaemenid Cyrus the Great, the founder of Iran in Pasargadae/Fars province
|| Mausoleum of tfamous Iranian scientist Abuali Sina (Avicenna) in Hamedan
|| The Saltanatabad palace and Garden/Tehran 1900s
| Sepahsalar Mosque Winter
|| Tehan city Municipality (Persian : Shahrdari) (Arabic : Baladiyeh)
|| Tehan city Municipality (Persian : Shahrdari) (Arabic : Baladiyeh)
|| Tehran's historical Shamsolemareh building front view
| Tehran's famous Shamsolemareh Building
|| Ashtaran Castle Tooyserkan
|| Ghorban Tower Hamedan, Mausoleum of Hafez Abolala
|| Mausoleum of Baba Taher Oryan in Hamedan: He was a naïve man who was told to enter the pool in the middle of winter to become a poet which was his greatest wish. A miracle, as he jumped out of the freezing water; he started singing poets naked (Oryan)
| Alavian Mausoleum Hamedan
|| Famous Iranian scientist Abuali Sina (Ebne Sina) Mausoleum Hamedan
|| Naderi observation tower was made of bricks near Bam to guide caravans
|| Women wearing chador shopping in historical Bazaar of Kerman
| Famous Iranian painter Kamalolmolk Mausoleum Neishabour
|| The Mausoleum of Sheikh Attar Neishabouri located 6 km east of Neishabour
|| Seyed Hasan Modarres Mausoleum in Kashmar
|| Ghotaboddin Heidar Mausoleum Torbat Heidariyeh
| Molana Zeynoddin Abubakr a prominent Sufi from the 8th century (H.) His mausoleum is located in Taibad Khorasan
|| Harooniyeh or according to some sources Imam Mohammad Ghazali Mausoleum in Toos, Khorasan Province
|| Famous Iranian philosopher, mathematician, poet; Omar Khayyam's mausoleum located in a garden belonging to himself in Neishabour
|| Radkan Tower in Chenaran / Khorasan Razavi province
| Khosrogerd Minaret Sabzevar Seljuk era. The inscriptions on this building is dated to 505 Lunar Hijri
|| Firoozabad Minaret Kaashmar Seljuk
|| The Aliabad Tower is located 42 km from Kashmar Mongol height:18m
|| Eshratabad Palace Building and Garden
| 1920 Abadan Refinery
|| Afifabad Military Museum in Shiraz
|| Tehran Qajar Property 1900s
|| Abbasi Bridge Laar built during Safavid dynasty on 7 pillars
| Sarvestan Palace Shiraz Built by Sassanid king Bahram 5th (Goor) reign (420-438)
|| Shah Shoja Mausoleum Shiraz built in 1971. Son of Mobarezoddin, he was the greatest king of the Al-Mozaffar family.
|| Famous Iranian poet Saadi Mausoleum in Shiraz built in 1942
|| Famous Iranian poet Hafez Mausoleum in Shiraz construction ended in 1937 after 2 years. The current Mausoleum was designed by André Godard, French archeologist and architect, His tombstone bears two of his poems inscribed upon it.
| Sassanid king Ardeshir Babakan castle
|| Tisfun Palace 1909. Taghekasra (The arch of Kasra) is the only visible remains of the historical city of Tisfun, as the great arch located in what is now the Iraqi town of Salman Pak.
|| Choghazanbil Zigorat a temple in Shoosh (Susa), Khuzestan, south west of Iran; remains of the Elamite civilization destroyed by Assyrian conqurer Ashur Banipal in 640 BC.The structure manifests the miraculous progress in architectural techniques.
|| Choghazanbil Palace and Temple complex is located 45 km Southeast of Shoosh (Susa) in the Khuzestan Province of Iran. It is the only remains of an Elamite city Dur Untashi built 1300 BC, onsisting of a magnificent Ziggurat, temples, and three palaces.
| Choghazanbil Temple Shoosh Khuzestan in the center of the third city walls stays the famous Zigorat Temple built by thousands of bricks in 5 stories
|| A view at night from the Ahvaz Bridge on the Karoon River in Khuzestan Province. The historical White Bridge of Ahvaz is a great example of endurance, and resistance against British colonialism leaded by a German engineer and his wife.
|| Hasht Behesht (8 Paradises) Palace Isfahan was built during Shah Soleyman Safavi
|| 1850 Kashan Feen Palace Garden Fortress : Shah Safi, Soleyman, Tahmasp, Abbas, Karim Khan and Fathali Shah added to this palace which was heavily looted during the Constitutional Monarchy movement.
| Kashan Feen Palace and Garden: Main buildings belong to Al-Bouyeh dynasty. It's fame comes from Amirkabir's assassination. The building was completed in 1850.
|| Chehelsotoon Palace and Garden of Isfahan was built during Shah Abbas I on a land 67000 sq.meters. Shah Abbas II added Mirror Hall, 18 column Hall, balconies, and the pool in front.
|| Ashraf Hall Isfahan Roof Decoration
|| Alighapoo Building Isfahan Interior Decoration in the sound room, tores and curves in the walls were done using acoustic techniques to make the best of music played live at the halls.
| Alighapoo Building Isfahan, built as state headquarters during Shah Abbas and was a ceremonial gathering place
|| Sassanid Palace Sarvestan Shiraz
|| Cheheldokhtaran Castle Nikshahr: The building is based on large pieces of rock attached together by clay
|| 1848 Iranshahr Old Castle used to be governor office in Baluchestan. During Naseroddin Shah's reign it was built by Firouz Mirza and was completed in 1848
| Teimur Castle Zahedan
|| Heydarabad Castle Khash
|| Zahhak Castle Saravan
|| Karim Khan Zand Arc Castle Shiraz
| Interior of the Zand Vakil Hamam in Kerman that's being used as a teahouse now
|| Interior of the Zand Vakil Hamam in Kerman that's being used as a teahouse now
|| The tomb of Nader Shah in his Mausoleum in Mashhad
|| Ghotaboddin Heidar mausoleum built in 1579 in Torbat Heidariyeh
| Goharshad Mosque built in 1418 by Shahrokh Teimuri's wife in Mashhad
|| West Radkan Tower in Kordkoy / Golestan Started in 1017 and finished in 1021 AD, it's the resting place of one of Tabarestan generals named Abu Jafar Mohammad
|| Anahita Temple Walls Kangavar
|| Anahita Temple Kangavar/Kermanshah
| Baldeh Castle located in Noor Mazandaran, used to be a very well fortified stronghold. Built during the Sassanid era, it was used until the beginning of the Safavid dynasty.
|| The holy shrine of Imam Reza Shrine 1930s, seen with the golden dome
|| Inside Golestan Palace
|| 1925 Rotary Drilled Oil Well
| A heavily damaged building, a scene in the museum of sacred defence in Khorramshahr depicting devastation of the Iran-Iraq War
|| Invincible castle of Babak Khorramdin on top of a mountain.Babak was the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin and was executed in Samara.
|| Tehran Qajar era : Soldiers pose with group of citizens at Darvazeh-Dowlat Gate
|| Tehran Qajar era : Shah Abdolazim Gate
| Tehran during Qajar dynasty Doshantapeh Gate one of many entrances to the city. The Doshan Tappeh area was used for horseback riding and hunting during Qajar kings and then it became a military base where an airport was built.
|| 1946 Tehran : KLM sign on top of a building on Mokhberoddoleh intersection
|| Winter snow in Darvazeh Shemiran, northern city gate of Tehran in the beginning of the 20th century.Today, Darvazeh Shemiran is a densely populated district of Tehran with its metro station, a major hub for public transportation.
|| Darvazeh Ghazvin Gate of Tehran 1900s
| Darvazeh Shemiran 1900s: one of many gates of Tehran
|| Darvazeh Ghazvin Gate of Tehran
|| Darvazeh Ghazvin Gate of Tehran
|| 1900 Darvazeh Tehran Gate : One of many entrances to the city
| The old Majles (Parliament) Entrance with statues of 2 lions holding swords
|| Tehran's Milad Tower. Milad Tower is a multi-purpose skyscraper that holds a world record of over 12,000 square meters of infrastructure.
|| Aramgah: Reza Shah's Moseleum seen with Shah Abdolazim Shrine in the background
|| Tehran 1946 AD (1325 H) Bank Melli - National Bank of Iran
| 1900 Darvazeh Ghazvin was historically one of major Gates to the city of Tehran. This Gate was made of bricks and it also served as a defensive point, a watch-tower and police headquarters yet the artistic brick-work looked splendid & beautiful.
|| Radio Tehran Building in 1951. The cabinet of ministeres approved the bill that authorized used of radio in Iran on Sep, 24, 1934. On April, 24, 1940 Iran's first radio station was founded at Bisim (Wireless) on the Jaddeh Shemiran (Shariati St).
|| 1946 Masjed Soltani Bazaar Tehran
|| 1940 Tehran Post Office
| The British Imperial Bank Persia, later known as Bank Bazargani Tehran, 1942
|| Chief office of the Imperial Bank Persia Tehran, 1938
|| Historical Tehran: Oldest photo from Bank Melli (National) of Iran, the first national Iranian bank established in 1927 by the order of the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) and since then has consistently been one of the most influential Iranian banks.
|| A view from the Mehrabad Airport 1958
| Group of high ranking army officers pose in front of a canon at Tehran Officers Club
|| Iranian Embassy Ankara 1944 :LIFE
|| Qajar Mansions in Kashan
|| Site of Iranian oil refineries in Khuzestan province
| The historical Tehran Railway Station on a rainy day : Jan,1, 2009
|| Taarikhaane was one of first Sassanid firealtars turning into mosque
|| Sassanid Gavmishan bridge on Simara river
|| Sassanid Mithraseum (Mehrabeh) unearthed in Ostia Italy
| The Castle in Kalat built by Nader Shah also called the building of the sun
|| On August 19, 1978 the Cinema Rex, a movie theatre in Abadan, was set ablaze by four Islamic Revolution sympathizers in an attempt to help the cause of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
|| Aramgah Reza Shah's Mausoleum in Rhagae which was buldozed to the ground after Ayatollah Khomeini took power in 1979
|| Chartaghi made of bricks and mud a Sassanid era Firealtar standing test of time in Darrehshahr of Elam province,
| Taarikhaane, First Iranian Mosque near Damghan. It's a historical building that used to be a fire altar in before the Arab invasion
|| A historical Perspolis column is used as a seat at the entrance of a mosque
|| Silhouette of a Chariot running towards Tisfun Palace.Tisfun was a major military objective for the leaders of the Roman Empire in their eastern wars. The city was captured by Rome five times in its history
|| Karim Khan's Arc in Shiraz
| Camels Passing by Shahyad/Azadi Square Construction site
|| Isfahan Menarjonban or shaking minarets a great architectural achievement of Safavi era
|| Dehnarmak Carvansaray Garmsaar one of the 9999 inns constructed by a decree from Shah Abbas to increase trade and travel security.
|| A dove flying over the Jamkaran Mosque near Qom Iran. The famous Jamkaran mosque where Imam Mahdi is said to have appeared in a cleric's dream; has since been the visiting place for flocks of pilgrims.
| #Pasargadae, Tomb of Cyrus the Great founder of #Iran. In 539 BC, after liberation of Babylonians, followed Cyrus' liberal help for the return of Jews who were displaced and held slaves.
|| People shopping at Plasco Mall, photo from Life Magazine
|| A panoramic view at night from the Safavid 33 Pol Bridge of Isfahan
|| Isfahan Alighapoo state building located in Naghshejahan square
| Safavi historical 33 Pol bridge built on Zayanderood river in Isfahan
|| Babak Khorramdin Castle in East Azarbaijan, the city of Kaliber. Babak was the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin and was executed in Samara.
|| The Petroleum University of Technology was established in 1939 in Abadan, Iran under the name Abadan Institute of Technology.PUT is teaching graduate and post-graduate students, and is collaborating with other universities in Iran and abroad.
|| Yazd Dowlatabad Fire Temple
| Terrace Wall Ecbatana
|| Dungeon of Medes
|| Isfahan 33pol
|| Cube of Zoroaster is a nice building from Acaemenid era in Naghshe Rostam. The Zoroaster Temple is also known to be the tomb of Smerdis.The structure was once an eternal flame memorial to the emperors whose tombs are located a few meters away.
| Cyrus The Great's Tomb in Pasargadae. It was under Cyrus The Great that the Persian Empire embraced all previous civilized states of the ancient Near East.
|| Bisotoun Bridge
|| Tehran Azadi Square Yellow light
|| Lamassu or Winged Bulls with human heads at the Gate of All Nations in Perspolis Xerxes, who built this structure, named it "The Gate of All Countries" according to engraved trilingual inscription above each of the four colossi .
| Rhagae (Ray, Rey) Citadel was formerly one of the great cities of Iran; its ruins are at modern Rey, near Tehran. Settlements date back to 3rd millennium BC. Under the Sassanid dynasty , it was a centre of Zoroastrianism.
|| Isfahan Alighapoo building used to be the headquarters of Safavi empire
|| Arg Bam
|| Artaxerxes II Mnemon Tomb
| Sassanid Gavmishan Bridge at the cross section of Simareh and Kashkan rivers
|| Babak Khorramdin's Castle on top of a mountain in East Azerbaijan.Babak was the leader of Javidanian or Khorramian and staged an uprising against Abbasi Caliphs in 816 AD. Babak was betrayed by Afshin and was executed in Samara.
|| Emarat Khorshid or Kalat Naderi was a building Nader planned to spend his retirement in
|| Nader Shah Caravansaray near Isfahan 1968
| Bisotun Khosrau Bridge
|| Niyavaran Palace Pahlavi
|| Cyrus Tomb Pasargadae. Cyrus the Great Kurosh-e-Bozorg) (c. 600 BC or 576 BC - December 530 BC), also known as Cyrus II was the founder of the country Iran and the Achaemenid Dynasty.
|| Yazd Firealtar: Zoroasterian Temple
| Tomb of Esther, Jewish Persian Queen in hamadan, Iran which is visited by Jewish pilgrims. The Talmud lists Mordecai and his cousin Esther as prophets.Mordecai's genealogy in the second chapter of the Book of Esther.
|| Bank Melli (National Bank) Iran 1946, the first national Iranian bank. The bank was established in 1927 by the order of the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) and since then has consistently been one of the most influential Iranian banks.
|| Sassanid Hezar Darb (Thousand Gates) Castle in Darreshahr of Elam
|| The tomb is identified by an accompanying inscription to be the tomb of Darius I the Great (r. 522-486 BC). The tombs were looted following the conquest of the Achaemenid Empire by Gojastak Alexander.