Due to the poor image of the country in foreign media, the locals outside of Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran, historic landmarks in Iran, seldom saw Western tourists. Accordingly, in smaller settlements I often became an attraction, people greeting me, shaking hands with me and drawing tea.
As if to make the transition between different cultures smoother, the first site I visited in attractions in Iran was the Armenian Saint Stepanos Monastery, part of the World Cultural Heritage. Reaching it was not easy. The locals did not understand the importance of riding a hitchhike, each car worked as a shared taxi. The first few days have become a few misunderstandings, and gradually I have focused on stopping mostly on trucks.
The Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi Odd-Din in Ardabil was another of the many Iranian sites included in the UNESCO List. The Iranian government seemed to have decided to restore all of its cultural monuments at the same time, because it was covered by skeletons that drastically overwhelmed the otherwise beautiful blue and green facade that resembled Rumi's mausoleum in Konya.
The interior did not give way to the exterior. Shiite religious architecture attracted the eye and the lens. The remnants of the Asamasin Castle in the Alamut valley disappointed the few preserved foundations were covered by the skeleton and covered with sheet metal, which gave them the appearance of a neglected building. It was definitely necessary to emphasize the imagination to resurrect the legend of the most terrible among the religious orders.
Han-e Tababei was a large mansion with several courtyards, barn, kitchen, basements, summer and winter rooms, salon. The latter was the most impressive . Its facade was extremely fine, the ceiling inside was beautifully ornamented, and the windows were of colorful, colorful glass.
Hamam-e Sultan Mir Ahmad was a bathroom with multiple compartments, all of them lined with pleasant blue-green tiles. Particularly interesting was the water distribution system. It was drawn from a deep well to the roof. From there, through multiple channels, it was delivered to each separate boiler and pool. Bahh-e Tarihi-yi Fin was one of the nine Persian gardens in Iran included in the UNESCO List. It consisted of a courtyard surrounded by a high wall and more like a park than a real garden, because flowers were almost gone.
It was occupied by tall trees that made good shade, and the water in the canals and ponds was pleasantly mumbled. The Imam Zaddeh Sanctuary in Tabas was enormous, with several exquisite minarets and gates, all in the typical blue-green color. The interior was unusual and dazzling.
The domes and walls were lined with millions of mirror pieces that made it feel like you were in a disco ball. One of the compartments was occupied by the green sarcophagus of a Shiite saint. Kom was the center of the strict clergy that ruled the country since the overthrow of the Shahah in 1980. The sanctuary Hazrat-e Masummeh, located here, was the second most sacred place for Shiites in Iran after Mashhad.
The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque was small without minarets and consisted of only one room, but it was enchantingly beautiful. Inside, it was covered with blue tiles and floral motifs, painted with Suria from the Koran. The dome resembled the peacock tail. There was a dungeon, which to me personally looked like a bathroom. Arg was a Bamdata from the 6th century BC, it was considered the largest brick building in the world and was included in the World Heritage List. In December 2003, a major earthquake destroyed over 80% of the site, and the subsequent restoration process continued today, with almost everything but the main citadel still in ruins.