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Isfahan Day 1

Today was a public holiday in Iran, and it was very quiet. The streets were nearly empty!
We set off on foot for a walk along the Zayandeh Rud river. The wide river is full to its banks as a result of rains this year, but apparently it is normally totally dry this time of year. There is a beautiful park along the river. We returned to the 33 Arches Bridge in daylight. We also visited the Khaju Bridge, built in 1650, with its 23 arches. Finally we visited the Shahrestan Bridge.
We then visited Golestan Shohada, a military cemetery dedicated to soldiers who died in the Iran- Iraq war. There are thousands of graves, each with a photograph of the soldier, some of whom appear to be very young, and all of whom are considered to be martyrs for their country. We learn of the irony that the USA and Britain supported Iraq in this war, only to then turn around and declare Iraq to be their enemy.
We visited the Pigeon Tower, a former dovecote used to harvest guano, and then went to Hasht Behesht Palace and gardens, dating to the 17th century.
We had lunch in the beautiful Hotel Agassi, a converted caravanserai, and took a tour of some of their beautiful rooms.
The balance of the day was free time. In the evening we were on our own for dinner. As no restaurants open until after sunset, due to Ramadan, we went out about 8:00 pm. We had little luck finding a restaurant due to the public holiday, but eventually crossed the river and found one at a hotel. We were the only Westerners in the place, and there was no English, but the staff and other patrons were very friendly and helpful, and we managed fine.

33 Arches Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Locals riding bikes by the bridge
Golestan Shohada
Golestan Shohada

Pigeon Tower

Posted by Jimpat 06:23

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