Iran – the history pics

Within an hour of arriving on Iranian soil, we were whisked off by our guide to the city of Ardabil, home to one of the most beautiful mosques in the country, dating back hundreds of years.

Mosque in Ardabil, iran

Ardabil, Iran

Our guide was very knowledgeable on the different methods of creating the ceramics that make this mosque so famous: some are painted on the tile and then fired; the more expensive way is to smash up the tiles and then make up the patterns from the pieces.

Ceramics in the Ardabil mosque

We also went to the museum in what was the town’s old hammam (closed down under the old Shah due to a surge in skin diseases…). Some nice effigies of people doing what you did in hammams back then…

Massage in the hammam, Ardabil

Nargile in the hammam, Ardabil

And some depictions of beauty in the tiles above the pools

Beauty in the hammam, Ardabil

In Tehran, we began to learn about Iran’s place in early civilisation. Have to confess I don’t know much about ancient history, but I enjoyed some of the Archaeology Museum

Tehran archaeology museum

And rather liked the use of the Lotus flower as a symbol of peace – must look into that for our garden in Australia…

Lotus flower, symbol of peace

We also got to see one of the Shah’s palaces, with its enormous marble bed and throne.

Marble throne in Shah's old palace

Tehran’s old city gate

Tehran old city wall and gate

And on our way east heading for Turkmenistan, we stopped briefly in Sharood, where we visited a Sufi mosque (now that’s another thing I need to research more in the future too – just what are all these different religions/sects and how they relate to Islam)

Sufi mosque in Shahrood, Iran

But perhaps my favourite historical pic is this character from the Archaeology Museum, who was apparently a teacher of Greek in ancient Iran. For some reason reminded me of Albert Finney in The Browning Version, one of my favourite films, so I had to snap this guy before we left…

Greek teacher in Tehran archaeology museum

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