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Location - Middle East; Capital - Tehran; Population - 77 million; Currency - Iran Rial

Coming from Turkey, I headed for Rasht near the Caspian Sea, in 1999. I found the Iranians to be the friendliest, most hospitable people I've ever met


irannote1The Iranian Rial, featuring Ayatollah Khomeini











iran1Local shop workers in Rasht pose for a photo


iran2The hills surrounding Ramsar
















iran3Ramsar is on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the World's largest lake















iran4Closer to Rasht is the hillside town of Masule, where the slate roofs form the paths for the level above


iran6Masule, at an altitude of 1050 metres - it's well worth a day trip from Rasht


iran5Picnicking with the very kind Mogaddam famliy in Masule















iran7Tehran's city centre



iran8The mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, on the outskirts of Tehran















iran9The shrine containing Imam Khomeini, Tehran.
He's better known in the west as Ayatollah Khomeini














iran10The beautiful mosques at Imam Khomeini Square, Esfahan


iran11The 17th century Imam Mosque, Esfahan


iran12Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Imam Khomeini Square, Esfahan















iran13Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan















iran14Blue tiles cover the entrance to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan


iran16 A mural in Esfahan. Khomeini on the left, Khameini on the right















iran17Chehel Sotun Park, Esfahan
















iran18Atigh Friday Mosque in Shiraz



iran20The gardens of the Hafez mausoleum, a Persian poet from the 14th century, Shiraz















iran21Relaxing in the teahouse of the Hafez Mausoleum gardens, Shiraz















iran22The ruins of Persepolis, built around 518 BC under the Achaemenian Empire. This is the Xerxes Gateway


iran23The Parade of the Nations, Persepolis


iran24A badgir, or windtower, in the South Eastern city of Bam - they cool homes by channelling breezes















iran25The incredible 16th century mud citadel called the Arg-e Bam, Bam
















iran26Bam's inner citadel - an earthquake hit this area in 2003, and reports say that Bam was 'levelled', though I don't know how accurate these reports are


iran27The inner citadel of Arg-e Bam, Bam


iran28Army barracks within the inner citadel, Bam
















iran29Path to the entrance to Arg-e Bam citadel, Bam
















iran30A superb view from the top of the Arg-e Bam. Beyond the mud city are date palms followed by desert, desert and more desert. Bam


iran30aView from Arg-e Bam, Bam



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