Category Archives: Iran (Islamic Republic of)

The recovery of cuneiform, the world’s oldest known writing; Louise Pryke; The Conversation


Iran – Bisotun

Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.

It is a little-known piece of history that Saddam Hussein was a great fan of ancient Mesopotamian literature. His enthusiasm for epics written in cuneiform – the world’s oldest known form of writing – can be seen in his own efforts at writing political romance novels and poetry. Hussein’s first novel, Zabibah and the King, blended the Epic of Gilgamesh with the 1001 Nights, and was adapted into a television series and a musical.

Indeed, the Iraqi dictator was said to be so immersed in his novel-writing that he left much of the military strategising to his sons leading up to the 2003 war. He continued writing in prison, using a card table as a writing desk.

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The 10 Most Underrated Countries For Tourists; John Misachi; WorldAtlas


Iran – Persepolis

Despite hosting amazing attractions ranging from spectacular natural landscapes to vibrant cities, these countries aren’t always on the radar of the average traveler.

Tourism has changed from being perceived as a national activity to becoming an international phenomenon with more people traveling far and wide to sample a region’s or country’s beauty. Most countries, including the poor ones, are capitalizing on their natural beauty and other attractions to generate more revenue and facilitate growth. Countries like France, the US, the UK, China, and Spain receive tens of millions of tourists annually. However, some countries with greater potential and attractions like Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka do not see as many visitors as they deserve. Here are some of the most underrated countries for tourist and why they are underrated.

10. Iran

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Iran the world’s cheapest travel destination, its tourism industry is booming; CNN


Iran – Persepolis

More than 6 million people visited Iran in the year ending March 2017, up 50% on the previous year and three times the number in 2009, according to official data.

(CNN) — The surge in visitors follows the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that resulted in many sanctions being lifted early the following year.

European airlines such as British Airways and Lufthansa (DLAKY) resumed direct flights to the country, and Iranian authorities relaxed visa requirements. And as more people arrive, demand for accommodation is skyrocketing.

That’s creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs and foreign businesses.

Unlike some Western firms, who are reluctant to invest in Iran because they fear President Trump could yet torpedo the nuclear deal, international hotel chains are moving fast to meet the need for more rooms.

France’s Accor (ACCYY) was the first chain to open in Iran in 2015. It now operates two hotels there.

 

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TOP SEVEN WONDERS OF IRAN; Iskra


Iran – Persepolis

Iran, known as Persia until 1935, is a partly undiscovered gem. It offers rich culture, history and provides visitors with impressive heritage. Iran ranks seventh among countries in the world as regards the number of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. Historical and urban settlements date back to 4000 BC in this area. Locals are called Persians and represent about 51% of the population. Tourism-review.com, in collaboration with prominent Iranian tour operator GapaTour, introduce the best, most famous, historical and prominent places of the “Land of the Aryan’s” – the 7 wonders of Iran.

Persepolis

Once the thriving cultural and art center of Iran, today Persepolis is considered one of the most beautiful historical locations in the world. The ancient city, situated 60 km northeast of the city Shiraz, had long been buried under the sand for centuries until its discovery in the 1930s by Erich Frederich Schmidt and his colleagues.

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Yazd on traveler’s radar after getting UNESCO status; Tehran Times


Iran – Historic City of Yazd

TEHRAN – Tour operators working in Iran and even abroad have lauded the inclusion of Yazd on UNESCO World Heritage list, as a privilege that helps to put the historic city on traveler’s radar worldwide.

The UN cultural organization annually expands its list of heritage sites, and this year’s class of inductees, announced in July, offers both stimulation for travelers, with a rich and varied group of intriguing sites, and a reminder, especially with its remote and more vulnerable picks such as Yazd that developed an underground water system in the far past and still maintains its traditional Persian architecture and Zoroastrian temples.

Stretching between two deserts, the ancient city of Yazd in the central Iranian plateau has a fascinating history most notable for its reputation along the caravan routes as a silk weaving center.

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The Wonders of Iran; Gary Diskin; Tourism Review


Iran – Meidan Emam, Esfahan

Iran, known as Persia until 1935, is a partly undiscovered gem. It offers rich culture, history and provides visitors with impressive heritage. Iran ranks seventh among countries in the world as regards the number of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. Historical and urban settlements date back to 4000 BC in this area. Locals are called Persians and represent about 51% of the population. Tourism-review.com, in collaboration with prominent Iranian tour operator GapaTour, introduce the best, most famous, historical and prominent places of the “Land of the Aryan’s” – the 7 wonders of Iran.

Persepolis

Once the thriving cultural and art center of Iran, today Persepolis is considered one of the most beautiful historical locations in the world.

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Amir Chakhmaq Complex: A photogenic destination; Tehran Times


Iran – Historic City of Yazd

TEHRAN – The 19th-century Amir Chakhmaq Complex with its imposing three-story facade is one of the abundant tourist hotspots of Yazd, an oasis city in central Iran.

Located on a square of the same name, the prominent complex is noted for its eye-catching rows of symmetrical sunken alcoves, which are perfectly lit up following the sunset.

The structures that make up the complex include a mosque, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a cold-water well and a tekyeh where Shiite Muslims come together for observing special religious ceremonies, all of which have been designed in accordance with traditional layout principles.

The perfectly proportioned niches on the façade may seem at their best and most photogenic late in afternoon, when towering exterior appears to glow against the darkening sky and copper-colored sunlight is captured within each alcove.

 

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