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Back to Tehran

This morning we left Abyaneh, headed for Tehran.
Our first stop was Kashan. We visited the Borujerdi House, a home constructed in the mid-1800s by an architect. It exhibits frescoes throughout, and several courtyard gardens.
We then visited the Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah. This lovely building was constructed in the late 1700s. It is one of a handful of locations that we have visited at which the women in our party must wear chadors, in addition to the usual headscarves.
Finally in Kashan we visited the Fin Garden. Completed in the late 1500s, it is the oldest garden in Iran, and a popular destination for visitors.
We resumed our trip, continuing north to the city of Qom. Qom is said to be the most conservative city in Iran, and a destination for religious pilgrims. We visited the Shrine of Fatima bint Musa. We were not permitted to take our bus into the city, but instead had to park on the outskirts and take a shuttle bus. Once at the shrine, the women and men entered the complex through different security portals, and the women had to don chadors. A local guide described to us what we were seeing from the outside. We saw several very grand prayer halls, some adorned in gold.
We continued northward to the outskirts of Tehran, where we visited the Shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini. This massive complex has been under construction since Khomeini died in 1989. The interior of the shrine, which centres on Khomeini’s tomb is exceedingly lavish, more like Disneyland than a shrine to a humble cleric.
We returned to our hotel in Tehran. In the evening we went for a final dinner as a group, before saying our goodbyes. We travelled with a great group of people who we hope to run into again someday. Iran has been a truly fabulous experience - particularly the wonderfully warm and friendly people. As westerners, we cannot quite get our heads around the notion that the women must wear headscarves, while the men are free to dress normally, and we sense that this is largely enforced upon the population by a religious minority. Nevertheless, the country has been a delight to visit.

Borujerdi House
Inside Borujerdi House
Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah
Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah

Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah
Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah

Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah
Bozorg Mosque and Madrassah
Us ladies entering Qom
Shrine of Fatima bint Musa
Shrine of Fatima bint
Inside Qom complex
Inside Qom complex
Inside Qom complex
Inside Qom complex
Separate entrances for women and men
Fin Garden
Shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini


Posted by Jimpat 08:51

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