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Leaving Tehran

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We had a morning tour of Tehran today. Tehran is a large city of over 15 million, nestled at the foot of some snow-capped mountains. It is incredibly busy.
Our guide took us first to the Golestan Palace. This palace was built in its present form in 1865, as a home for the Qajar dynasty. It is a remarkable place of opulent luxury. Many of the rooms consist of elaborate mirrored walls and ceilings, making them absolutely dazzling. The gardens are beautiful.
Ou next stop was the National Museum of Iran. This museum exhibits archeological finds prior to 700 a.d. We saw some spectacular artifacts from the Persian Empire city of Persepolis, including a large wall relief showing Darius the Great. The detail is stunning. There was also a statue of Darius, and a number of other artifacts found in Persepolis, despite the fact that that city was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 300 B.C.
We went for lunch in an interesting underground restaurant. Then our final stop in Tehran was the Jewellery Museum, which houses the Iranian Crown Jewels. Security at the museum was extremely tight, and for good reason. The scope of the collection was staggering - we have never seen such a collection of valuable jewelry.
Our guide then took us to the Tehran train station where we boarded our relatively modern train for the trip to Yazd. The trip took about 6 hours, and traveled chiefly through dry desert lands. Finally, about 10:00 pm, we arrived at our hotel in Yazd.

Inside Golestan Palace
Inside Golestan Palace
Inside Golestan Palace
Outside Golestan Palace
Beautiful tiles outside the palace
Handsome man outside the palace
Love the tile work!
Artifact from Persepolis at the National Museum
Artifact from Persepolis at the National Museum
Artifact from Persepolis at the National Museum

Posted by Jimpat 04:35

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