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To Isfahan

Today we left Shiraz, and headed to Isfahan.

Before leaving Shiraz, we visited the Pink Mosque (the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque). This beautiful mosque was constructed in the late 1800s, and makes liberal use of pink tiles, creating one of the prettiest mosques that we have seen.

En route to Isfahan we stopped to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, first king of the Persian Empire. His Tomb, at Pasargadae, consists of a huge pyramid of stones, topped by a large stone burial chamber. According to records from the time of Alexander the Great, the burial chamber originally contained a golden sarcophagus and artifacts of the king, though these were later looted.

Upon arriving in Isfahan, we went out for dinner at a large and popular Iranian restaurant, and enjoyed more traditional Iranian dishes. As it is Ramadan during our visit here, we are able to eat dinner only after sunset, about 8:00 pm. After dinner, we strolled to the river and enjoyed the 33 Arches Bridge, a popular spot for evening strollers. During our time in Iran, we have been overwhelmed by the friendliness of Iranians. Frequently, we are stopped in the streets by Iranians who, often with minimal English, ask us where we are from, and welcome us to Iran. We have also been struck by the very close nature of families here, observing how they seem to enjoy as much time together as possible. It has been clear to us that Iranians are wonderfully warm and friendly people.

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Pink Mosque
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Pink Mosque
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Pink Mosque

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Pink Mosque
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Pink Mosque
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Pink Mosque
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Tomb of Cyrus the Great
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Baby camel we saw along our drive
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Bridge of 33 Arches

Posted by Jimpat 00:40

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