Hafez Mausoleum

Should you pass by my grave, Pray and ask for blessing and grace For this will be the place of pilgrimage Far the mystical libertines As far as we know, it was in 1477 A.D. sixty-four years after Hafez death that a dome was erected over his grave. In front of it there would have…

Vank Cathedral

In the Jolfa area of Isfahan, where the majority of the Armenian population now live, there are nine churches, of which the most important is the Vank Cathedral, or Armena Perkich, constructed during the Safavid dynasty around 1664 A.D. Walls soaring to a magnificent central cupola are covered in wonderful paintings of flowers, trees and…

Zoroastrians Legacy

Zoroastrian Fire Temple Seen from the street across a circular pool, against a background of evergreen trees, the temple is constructed on a plinth and is reached by a broad staircase. Inside, a ceremonial fire has been kept alight for over 700 years, and side rooms serve as chapels for ceremonies. The front porch is…

Ganj AliKhan Traditional Bath

Ganj Ali Khan was the Safavid governor of Kerman in the 17th century. During his reign he constructed a collection of buildings including a bathhouse centred on a large square where caravans halted in another age. Every building and the complex itself are named after Ganj Ali Khan. For visitors to Kerman, the Ganj Ali…

Colourful Souvenir of Iran

Decorative enamelling consisting of fusing a glass-like coating onto a metallic surface has long been a traditional craft in Isfahan. Mina-kari in Iranian defines the art of applying a glassy, multi-coloured coat, stabilized by heat to a usually copper object. This art-form goes back to the Achaemenid and Sassanid dynasties, but few ancient specimens remain…