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Stories and Tips Iran

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"Miss, Miss, Do you know Cristiano Ronaldo?"

Written by koshkha on 29 Mar, 2009

Iran has plenty of mosques and almost all of them are pretty spectacular. By the time we got to the Jami Mosque in Yazd we'd only seen two other mosques, neither of which was particularly typical of the Persian architectural style. The massive and as…Read More

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Feathers and Fire at the Atashkadeh

Written by koshkha on 29 Mar, 2009

Zoroastrians believe that fire is pure and sacred and must be preserved and protected along with water. The place where Zorastrians go to worship is called the Fire Temple or Atashkadeh which means literally the 'House of Fire'. There are nearly 20 fire temples in…Read More

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Shhhhh - all Quiet for the Towers of Silence

Written by koshkha on 28 Mar, 2009

I've been intrigued about Zoroastrianism for a long time and I think it's fair to say that one aspect of this fascinating religion that excites the most morbid interest for many people is the way in which Zoroastrians dispose of their dead. Since fire is…Read More

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Desert life & Zoroastrianism - the Ancient City of Yazd

Written by koshkha on 28 Mar, 2009

It's my guess that you are probably NOT thinking 'Hmm, Yazd, that sounds familiar' because to date I don't think I've met anyone who hasn't been to Iran (or thought of going) who's even heard of this fabulous city. It might ring some bells if…Read More

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Here Come the Men in Black!

Written by koshkha on 22 Mar, 2009

They say that cameras never lie but most people would agree they have the power to mislead. How often have you seen television news coverage of what looks like an intimidating crowd of religious fanatics, their fists raised in the air, the eyes rolled back…Read More

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Getting the VIP Treatment at a Shrine in Tehran

Written by koshkha on 18 Mar, 2009

Throughout our tour of Iran we'd been in and out of mosques and shrines, sometimes several times per day. We'd learned to recognise the architectural styles and the functions of different parts of a mosque. We'd seen old, new and everything in between but we…Read More

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Playing Chicken on the Azadi Roundabout

Written by koshkha on 18 Mar, 2009

Most big cities have one or more iconic buildings that serve as an instantly recognisable symbol of that city. These are the buildings that the foreign correspondents stand in front of when making their reports on the television news. If it's Sydney they'll have the…Read More

Failing to Visit the National Stadium and Still Not Minding

Written by koshkha on 16 Mar, 2009

With a day to spare and all the obvious attractions closed for a religious holiday, we found ourselves clutching at straws for things to do on out last day in Tehran. We'd been up the mountain to try to get the cable car and failed.…Read More

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Failing to Visit Tehran's Ski Slopes and Not Really Minding

Written by koshkha on 15 Mar, 2009

One thing that many people will find hard to believe is that Tehran is one of those cities where you could - if you chose - spend your morning in the museums and your afternoon on the ski slopes. Tehran is situated at the foot…Read More

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Khomeini's Tomb - A Very Unusual Tourist Attraction

Written by koshkha on 15 Mar, 2009

~~ A Land of Faces~~When you visit Iran there are faces looking down at you wherever you go on the streets and in the hotels and restaurants. In a land obsessed with martyrdom, every street corner and every roundabout seems to be decorated with images…Read More

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