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Pictures of our trip 2013 through Iran – part 2
- May 2013: Pasargad (excl.) - Yazd - Esfahan
Our Trip 2013 through Iran – May 2013 - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas – 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 3: Esfahan (excl.) - Chelgerd - Hamadan - Sanandaj - Orumiyeh
Our Trip 2013 through Turkey – June 2013: Eastern Anatatolia
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073  The 4’000 year old cypress in Abarkuh
is said to be the oldest cypress in the world,
the oldest “thing” in Asia and according to
the newspaper ”China Daily” the second
oldest tree in the world. It’s 82 ft. tall
and has a circumference of 46 ft.
074  Also in the small village of
Abarkuh we find a mosque with
beautiful tiles and mosaics
075  A ‘colorful’ store in Abarkuh
overstuffed with all kind of goods
Be it in a village or out on a limb, characteristic Islamic structures always appear:
076  The Jameh Mosque of Abarkuh is
said to be oriented towards Jerusalem and
not as usual towards Mecca due to its age
077  These two minarets belong to
the former religious Nezamieh school
078  Interesting building with
graffiti near Dehsir along the
road from Abarkuh to Yazd
079  It is not a special picture, but for us it
means seeing the first snow since a long time. Last time it was Mt. Taranaki (8’261 ft.)
in New Zealand (picture No. 254) on
May 12th, 2008 – now it’s Shir Kuh
(13’370 ft., southwest of Yazd resp. Taft
080  When we drive from Abarkuh
towards Yazd, table mountains come
into view at the 8’645 ft. high
Qohrud Mountain range
081  We follow the rugged mountains
at Eslamiyeh before the road descends
into the desert plain towards the
city of Yazd
082  The Masjed-e Jameh (the old Friday-)
Mosque is towering over the historic city of
Yazd. According to UNESCO, it is "the
oldest living city on earth“
083  The Masjed-e Jameh in Yazd with
its beautiful tiled portal, flanked by two
157 ft. tall minarets. It is said to be Iran's
highest mosque, having also the tallest portal
084  The courtyard of the mosque
with the arch over the Mihrab (niche)
pointed towards Mecca
085  The skyline of Yazd with the backdrop of the Qohrud Mountain range: Left the towers of the Hazireh Mosque, in the middle those
of the Amir Chakhmaq Mosque and right the ones of the Jameh Mosque with the dome of the Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin tomb
086  Hazireh Mosque, also known as
Ruzeh-E-Muhammadeyeh, is situated at
Imam Khomeini Street, about 500 ft.
southwest of the Clock Tower
087  A possible Imam on his way
088  A wooden scaffolding – called
Nakhl – a ritual object for the
Ashura Procession, an Islamic
(Shiite) day of mourning
089  A sweet little girl in Yazd. Already in
young age they learn to dress traditionally
090  A little “bundle of joy“ in
her mother’s arms in Yazd
091  No matter what kind of dresses small
girls are wearing, they always look adorable
092  The three-storey “Amir Chakhmaq
Complex” with its attractive alcoves is an
eye-catcher of Yazd. Today the mosque
is functionless
093  The clocktower of Yazd matches
the citys architecture. It is known as
“Markar’s Clock Tower“, in honor of
Pashotanji Markar, a Zoroastrian, who
did a lot for the Iranian minority religion
094  The "badgirs", the windcatchers or
windtowers on Yazd’s rooftops, catch the
slightest breeze and direct it into the house.
They are the landmark of this conservative
town – here at Chakhmaq Square
095  Emil is wandering through one of
the narrow lanes that crisscrosses the old
city of Kooshk-e Now and Fahadan
096  Encounter with Felix, Marius and
Fabian from Germany in Yazd. They are
on their way to the Central Asian
Republics with their Mercedes van
097  The residential quarters of the
old town of Yazd look almost deserted
due to the high walls that shield their
houses. Here in the quarters of
Kooshk-e Now and Fahadan
098  Weekend pleasure at Esfahan`s
Khaju bridge (east side). Decorated
with blue tiles, is ranks as Esfahan`s
most beautiful bridge that
crosses the Zayandeh river
099  The Si-o-Seh Pol bridge is the
more famous and bigger bridge than the
Khaju. It has 33 arches and is 977 ft. long
and 45 ft. wide. At night it is illuminated
wonderfully (east side)
100  Here again the Khaju bridge, but
the west side. The water flows here to
the bridge. With 24 arches it is smaller
than the Si-o-Seh Pol, i.e. "only"
436 ft. long and 40 ft. wide
101  The eastern side of the Si-o-Seh Pol
bridge at daylight. In earlier times there were
teahouses in the arcades of the bridges where
people gathered. Today they disappeared.
Here the water flows from the bridge away
102  High shady trees, flowers and
benches along the Zayandeh River –
here on the right riverside –
invite for a stroll
103  A group of young ladies is
enjoying a “shisha” (water pipe) at
Esfahan`s river promenade
104  The huge “Naqsh-e Jahan Imam Square”
in Esfahan, also called Imam Square, measures
1’667 ft. by 525 ft. (17.4 acres) and is with the
mosques a UNESCO Heritage Site .....
105  ..... shocking is a poster on
Esfahan`s most famous square with
the slogans: “Down with Israel “and
“Down with USA“. Also loud-
speakers are present as a support .....
106  ..... the Imam respectively Shah
Mosque with its fine wall mosaics from
the Safavid-area is one of the two
mosques on the square – the other
one being Lotfollah Mosque
107  The two of us in front of the pool
(361 ft. x 52 ft.) at the "Naqsh-e Jahan
Imam" Square in Esfahan
108  The main feature of the six-storey
Ali Qapu Palace in Esfahan is the elevated
terrace that overlooks the Big Square .....
109  ..... attractive is the wooden ceiling
with its artful niches and inlay work
110  The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque on
Esfahan`s “Naqsh-e Jahan Imam-Square”
has no minarets and shows an overwhelming
richness of intricate patterns and mosaics .....
111  ..... its dome is made of delicate
cream-colored tiles that change color
depending on the solar radiation
112  View of Esfahan’s "Naqsh-e Jahan
Imam-Square: Straight ahead is the Imam
resp. Shah Mosque, left Sheikh Lotfollah
Mosque and right the Ali Qapu Palace
Esfahan`s bridges and parks along the Zayandeh River are favorite spots to gather and picnic,
particularly on Fridays, when the weekend takes place
Masjed-e Jameh (Friday) Mosque: The whole complex reflects many periods of the around 800 years old Islamic art.
It is the largest mosque in Iran and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site
116  The minarets and the Nezam al-Molk
Dome are on the south side; to the left
on the east side lies the East Iwan
(an Iwan is a vaulted and on one
side open hall resp. entrance)
117  Mesopotamian crows
(Corvus cornix capellanus) are eyeing
curiously the activities in the mosque
118  West side with West Iwan –
the North Iwan doesn’t have minarets
119  Gold shops – here in “Bazar-e Bozorg”,
the Great Bazaar – are always very well
stocked and visited. Women love gold
jewelry. For them it is also a kind
of provision for old age
120  Health-oriented: Dried fruits
and nuts belong to the
diet of the Iranians
121  Looking neatly starts already
during childhood. Shops display a
tempting choice of kid’s dresses
The Flower Garden "Bagh-e-Golha", east of the Bozorgmehr bridge, in Esfahan shows its full beauty.
The deep green firs, the glowing roses and colorfulness of flowers – it is a true Garden of Eden
A small lake belongs to Esfahan`s Flower Garden "Bagh-e-Golha".
Between flowering carpets of water lilies fishes, ducks and tortoises are swimming around
Different species of flowers are in full bloom, it’s now spring time here. In their intensive luminance they are a really beautiful sight
More websites from Iran:
Iran - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) 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:
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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
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Sharjah + Dubai: United Arab Emirates - without our vehicle from February 19th, to 27th, 2011
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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
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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
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