Sunday, February 06, 2011
Golestan Palace pronounced "Kakheh Golestan" is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city. The Palace is all that remains of Tehran's Historical Citadel (Arg) which once glittered like a jewel. This historical Arg was built at the time of Shah Tahmasb I in Safavid period. It was reconstructed at the time of Karim Khan Zand and was chosen as the venue of the royal court and residence at the time of Qajar Kings. Nassereddin Shah introduced many modifications in Golestan Palace buildings during his reign.
Persian Relics in Louvre
Monday, January 10, 2011
Many Persian relics are kept in museums across the world. Most of these were looted from Iran due to the negligence of past rulers. The Louvre in Paris is one of the most famous museums of the world housing Persian artifacts. These artifacts attract many visitors every year. The Louvre museum is Iran's second embassy in Paris, said its curator Henri Loyrette. Few French people travel to Iran; however they have been able to view Iran's cultural heritage via exhibitions and displays of ancient Persian artworks which have been regularly set up in the Louvre museum, Loyrette said.
Master of Persian Miniature
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
While Iran has produced a number of eminent miniature painters, none has been so prolific in producing such consistently excellent work as Mahmoud Farshchian. Born in Isfahan, Farshchian grew up surrounded by architectural masterpieces that subliminally sharpened his awareness of proportion, color and form. His masterpieces have been hosted by several museums and exhibitions worldwide. He's the most modernizer of the field of miniatures, an art form which was first established in Ancient Persia and later spread to China and Turkey and other Middle eastern countries.
Constitution House of Tabriz
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Tabriz Constitution House is a symbol of fighting despotism and reminiscent of struggles by Sattar Khan and Baqer Khan, the two key figures in the Iranian Constitutional Movement. During the years which led to the Constitutional Revolution and afterwards, the house was used as the gathering place of the leaders, activists, and the sympathizers of the movement, among them Sattar Khan, Baqer Khan, Seqatoleslam and Haji Mirza Aqa Farshi.
Epic of the Persian Kings
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University is playing host to an exhibition entitled “Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh” featuring illustrations inspired by the Shahnameh. The exhibit, which opened September 11, presents a spectacular range of richly illustrated manuscripts and miniature paintings selected from public and private collections in the UK and includes the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, the British Museum, the British Library and several others.
Cyrus Cylinder in Iran
Monday, September 13, 2010
For the first time after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the British Museum has returned the Cyrus Cylinder to the country under tight security measures.
Yazd, A Desert Paradise
Saturday, September 04, 2010
The word Yazd means, feast and worship, Yazd is the one of the most ancient and historical cities known for its mud-brick houses. The city of Yazd has resisted the modern urbanization changes and maintained its traditional structure. Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of Persian architecture. The geographical features of this region have made people developed special architectural styles.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Sheikh Lotfollah mosque is viewed by historians and visitors as one of the most important architectural projects built on Isfahan's Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, prominent for its location, scale, design, and ornament. It represents the best example of architecture and tile work of Iran in the 17th century. The beauty of its buff dome fills visitors with enchantment. This mosque differs from all others in several respects.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Holy Savior Cathedral also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is the most visited cathedral in Isfahan, Iran. Vank means "cathedral" in the Armenian language. Among the churches built in the Jolfa District of Isfahan, the magnificent and architecturally significant "Vank" Cathedral is the most famous.
New Iranian Historical Sites on UNESCO’s List
Monday, August 09, 2010
Two Iranian historical sites, namely the historical Tabriz Bazaar in East Azarbaijan province and the Mausoleum of Sheikh Safieddin in Ardebil province, were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision was taken during the 34th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Brasilia.