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Pictures of our trip 2013 through Iran – part 1
- May 2013: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas - Shiraz - Persepolis - Pasargad (between Shiraz and Yazd)
United Arab Emirates – April 2013 - part 3: Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima
Oman 2013 – March 2013 - part 5: Western Hajar Mountains
Our Trip 2013 through Iran – May 2013 - part 2: Pasargad (excl.) - Yazd - Esfahan
Our Trip 2013 through Iran – May 2013 - part 3: Esfahan (excl.) - Chelgerd - Hamadan - Sanandaj - Orumiyeh
Our Trip 2013 through Turkey – June 2013: Eastern Anatatolia
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001  The imposing Sayed Mozafar Mosque
is the main mosque in Bandar Abbas, the
port city in the south. It puts us in the right
mood for Iran with its famous turquoise
tiles, called “seven-color mosaics” .....
002  ..... the niches in the vaulted
ceiling are part of the unique
characteristic Persian architecture .....
003  ..... and the clock between
the two minarets at the
entrance/exit is a curiosity
004  On a hill between Forg and Shahabi,
along the road from Bandar Abbas to Shiraz,
bizarre purple colored peaks of the Zagros
Mountains beam across our lunch spot
005  A beautiful white flower shines
out of the monotony of
the arid landscape .....
006  ..... below us a dried river bed
is meandering across the barren brown
land towards Forg with its cultivated area
It is springtime and nature reawakes
008  Globe thistle (echinops)
010  View from the "Pol-va Tunnel-e Furk"
to a small green vegetation belt that is
winding through a canyon
011  Emil is enjoying his morning coffee
after our first quiet camping night behind
the truck stop at Dowlatabad
(west of Darab) .....
012  ..... a herdsman comes along with
his goats. They often end up in
Musandam/Oman in exchange of beer
and cigarettes! Speedboats run daily
between Bandar Abbas and Khasab
013  What does this road sign mean?
It’s a religious phrase:
“There is no God but Allah“
014  On our way to Shiraz the onion-
shaped tower of a tiny prayer hall
sticks out between wheat fields
015  Well aligned fruit orchids
often coming into view
016  Emil stores away our table that
we installed for lunch between
our two front seats
017  A mosque in Kamal Abad,
16 miles southeast of Sarvestan that
catches our eyes due to the diversity
in the building style compared to the
traditional Iranian architecture
018  The golden dome and the
golden minarets of the University of
Sarvestan are a stunning contrast to
the brown of the desert mountains
019  A desert scene that evokes loneliness
and that always gives us pleasure
020  White clouds reflect at the big salt
lake of Maharloo, approx. 16 miles east of
Shiraz where also pedalos can be rented .....
021  ..... an approaching storm conjures
a mystic mood on the partially
dried-up salt lake
022  Melon shop in Shiraz: Melons with its
juicy fruit pulp are popular in Iran. Often
they are served already for breakfast .....
023  ..... high on supply are also citrus
and other fruits like the small sour green
plums, in Iran called Gojeh Sabz .....
024  ..... bonbons, sweets and dried
fruit stores are abundant and famous
025  Locals are exiting the citadel
“Arg of Karim Khan” in Shiraz
026  The main feature of the dominating
citadel in Shiraz are its four 46 ft. high
round towers made of ornamental brick
work, one of whom is sloping
027  Red sweet fruits are hanging
heavily on a mulberry branch. When
they fall down, they stain the ground red
028  In the covered market Bazaar-e Vakil
in Shiraz there are not only oriental arts and
crafts, but also things of everyday use
029  The bigger the choice, the harder
to choose: Liliana’s choice is pistachios
of the cheaper sort
030  The hand woven Persian carpet is
the most famous of all Iranian arts. In the
Vakil Souk there is a great variety of designs
031  In the courtyard of the “Nasir-al-Molk“
Mosque in Shiraz, built at the end of the
19th century, Liliana admires the incredible
diversity of ornaments .....
032  ..... many are flower motifs
in pink colors, why the mosque is
called also “Pink Mosque”
033  Each inch testifies the
marvelous craftsmanship
034  The picture of Ayatollah Khomeini
(Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini)
adorns the wall in the museum of the
Nasir-al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz. Born on September 24, 1902, he reached nearly the
age of 87 and died on June 3rd, 1989 .....
035  ..... beside him is the picture of
Ayatollah Khamenei (Ali Hosseini
Khamenei), current Supreme Leader
of Iran. He is born on July 17th, 1939,
and is now a bit over 74 years old
036  Each of the carved pillars of
the winter prayer hall of Masjed-e
Nasir-al-Molk is a masterpiece
of art itself
037  The stained glass windows are
part of the beauty of the winter prayer
hall of Nasir-al-Molk Mosque
038  An Iranian beauty: Contrary to our
visit in 1994/95, nowadays the mandatory
head scarf slips far behind and exposes
much of the hairstyle. The full-length
chador isn’t anymore a must; a jacket
that covers the buttocks is long enough
039  Also the entrance of the
Masjed-e Vakil Mosque shows the
famous tiles with the flower motifs
040  Here we still can find it,
the broom-maker .....
041  ..... and the umbrella-mender.
They belong to the senior generation .....
042  ..... while the younger generation
takes life much easier
Souvenir shops have taken over the courtyard of the old two-storey caravanserai Seray-e Moshir
in Shiraz where in earlier times caravans stopped
046  The Qur’an (Koran) gateway at the exit
of downtown Shiraz on the main road towards
Persepolis, Esfahan und Yazd. It was built
shortly before the turn of the 1st millenium
047  While the eastern side of the
Qur’an (Koran) gateway, which lies
in the Allah-O-Akbar Gorge, is
beautified by some stairways,
archways and water games .....
048  ..... the western part shows the
monstrous and luxurious “Shiraz Grand
Hotel” and not far away the huge
Lola Recreation Park
049  The “Xerxes Gateway” (the “Gate of all
Nations”) of Persepolis. Persepolis was one of
the four cities of the ancient "Achaemenid
Empire" (550-330 B.C.). The others were:
Shush (Khuzestan province, north of Abadan),
Hamadan (where we were on 5/17/2013) and
Babylon (in today’s Iraq, south of Baghdad)
050  Achaemenid griffin at Persepolis
– a legendary creature, here with the
body of a lion and the head and
talons of an eagle
051  Ruins of the "Palace of the
100 Columns". They were excavated
only in 1930 from sand and dust
Reliefs at the Apadana Palace Staircase:
052  Xerxes, the great king,
leaving his palace
053  Eastern Apadana Staircase: Persian
guards of the great king (there are 2 archers)
054  Darius on his throne with
the crown prince Xerxes
055  A thistle with delicate flowers
– a welcome spot of color
among the Persepolis ruins
056  Rock tomb of
Artaxerxes III Ochus in Persepolis
057  The vivid purple of this thistle
stands out from far against the silent
grey witnesses of the ruins
058  The view to the rock tomb of
Artaxerxes II Mnemon over the ruined
imperial treasury gives us the feel for
the enormous scale of Persepolis
059  Liliana makes a break to absorb
the grandeur of Persepolis. In the back-
ground a part of the "Palace of the
100 Columns"
060  The high columns of the ruined
Apadana Palace rise ghostly towards the
darkening skies of an approaching storm
Reliefs in the Apadana Palace:
061  Leading a Bactrian camel
and a humped bull
062  Lion attacking bull (Taurus): It
depicts the symbolic coming of spring
and the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) on
March 21s, through lion (sun) feasting
on the bull (moon)
063  Assyrians (today’s Iraqis)
offering sheep
064  Emil before Tachara Palace
(Palace of Darius I)
065  The 2 miles long entrance road to
the Persepolis ruins: Cars turn (seen from
here) right into the car park. The ticketing
booth is on the right in the pedestrian area
066  Demonstration in Persepolis?
What do these ladies want to achieve
with their banner in front of the
Persepolis ruins?
067  Three of the four rock tombs of
Naqsh-e Rostam, 4 miles from Persepolis.
They are believed to be of Darius II,
Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I
068  History goes that the tombs
of Persepolis were modeled on these
069  The relief with the King Shahpur I
on horseback and the defeated
Roman Emperor Valerian is
testimony of a great lost emporium
070  One of the bas-reliefs of the Sassanian
Empire at Naqsh-e Rajab, opposite of the
Naqsh-e Rostam rock tombs, shows
"Shapur's Parade" – the victory 244 A.D.
over the Roman Emperor Valerian.
Naqsh-e Rostam as Naqsh-e Rajab are
also two UNESCO Heritage Sites
071  The village Seyedan between
Persepolis and Pasargad. The Iranian
villages are compact – there’s no housing
sprawl – and adapted to nature
072  Pasargad lies about 50 miles north-
east of Persepolis in a lonely windswept
area. The former first Achaemenid
capital was built 546 B.C. by King
Cyrus the Great. Today the most
important monument is his tomb
(it's another UNESCO Heritage Site)
More websites from Iran:
Iran - part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh May 2013
Iran - part 4: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Kerman-Mashhad-Bajgiran April/May 2016
More websites from the Middle East:
Welcome to Kuwait on March 3rd, 1996
Yemen car trip (from Oman to Saudi Arabia) - from May 16th, to June 15th, 1996
Sandstorm in Saudi Arabia on February 4th, 1999
Trip to Dubai in January and February 1999
Oman 1999 - from mid-March to mid-April 1999
Oman 2013 – Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 – Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 – Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Fairytale Wedding in Dubai - United Arab Emirates - with our car from February 7th, to May 20th, 1999
Sharjah + Dubai: United Arab Emirates - without our vehicle from February 19th, to 27th, 2011
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Turkey Eastern Anatatolia - June 2013
Socotra - without our car from February 9th, to 19th, 2011:
Part 1: Socotra trip in Yemen (East) Hadibo - Dihamri - Arher Beach
Part 2: Socotra trip in Yemen (South) Homhil - Aomak Beach - Wadi Daerhu - Dicksam Plateau
Part 3: Socotra trip in Yemen (West) Qalansiya - Shouab Beach - Qadama Beach - Momi Plateau - Wadi Ayhaft
Saudi Arabia 2016: Transit from Sudan to the United Arab Emirates