Monthly Archives: January 2011

isfahan bridge at night

Under the (Isfahan) Bridge

Part of Isfahan's unique atmosphere comes from the Zayandeh River, traversing the city from west to east. The bridges over the river include some of the nicest architecture in Isfahan. The oldest bridge is the "Pol-e Shahrestan," which was probably built in the 12th century.

man praying isfahan achura

Praying

More men praying during the Ashura celebrations in Isfahan. And a beaituful Iranian carpet.

man praying isfahan

Remembering Husayn

Several times during the course of the 3 days masses of people gathered to pray, occupying the whole central city Square in front of the Imam Mosque.

portrait of irani women

Isfahanis

While in Isfahan for Ashura, I had the chance to meet a group of extremely nice and welcoming local people, involved in an organization which aims was to inform foreigners on the paricular customs and culture revolving around the Ashura

achura isfahan square

The Day Husayn Was Killed

One of the most - if not the most - important religious celebration for Shia Muslims is Ashura. It comemorates the killing of Husayn, the son of Ali and grandson of The Prophet, at the battle of Karbala.

isfahan mosque square

Isfahan

Isfahan is probably the most interesting city in Iran. “Naqsh-e Jagan” the central city square, is a trully amazing sight, with perfectly preserved historical Safavid buidlings on three of its four sides. Drawing of the square by Cornelis de Bruijn,“Voyages de Corneille le Brun par la … Read More

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