Tehran Off The Beaten Path

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    Imam Knomeini Mausoleum 1

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    We first saw the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in the dark on the way from the airport when we arrived. We were oooh-ing and awwwhhh-ing to ourselves in the back seat of the taxi, and the taxi driver – who was very eager to please but didn’t speak much English – tried to explain to us what it was with the words: “Khomeini dead”. It made sense. (picture one)

    Going back to see it during the day, the mausoleum was not so impressive from the outside (see picture two), in fact it looked rather like a building site (the mausoleum is still not finished – see picture three), but inside it was an amazing experience.

    Men and women go through different entrances (see picture four), and the security is very strict following a bomb 16 years ago where the shrine was partly destroyed by the Mujahadeen. There is X-rays like you’d get at the airport, and mobile phones / radios are not permitted inside. Cameras, however, are allowed and photography inside is not a problem. Inside there are also women only prayer areas (see picture five). We chatted to a few of the women there, and they were telling us that they come every year for a pilgrimage.

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    Mick Jagger in Tehran

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    Housed in a stunning modern building, is one of the most surprising places in Tehran - the Museum of Contemporary Art. With a wide -ranging collection featuring many modern masters - Monet, Pissaro, Picasso, Giacometti and many more - this is a world-class gallery.

    And Mick Jagger? The gallery owns 4 Warhol prints of him.

    Open 0900 -1900 daily except Fridays when the galley closes at 1400

    Kagar-e Shomali Avenue, west of Laleh Park

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    A modern building for modern art
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    Sculpture in the park

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Modern masterpieces of sculpture are also held by the Museum of Contemporary Art. An atrium court inside the galley has works by Giacometti, Margritte and Marini on permanent display while an extensive garden area to the north of the building is where you will see works by Calder, Moore, Man Ray , Christo and other major sculptors of the 20th Century.

    The Museum and its Sculpture Garden are well worth visiting, both for the works themselves and also as a demonstration that Iran is not only about history and religion, but is a country that holds many surprises for the visitor.

    Modern sculptures
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    Small but perfect

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 15, 2005

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    The Reza Abbasi Museum has a small but fine collection that illustrates the very best of Persian arts over a span of 4000 years. The museum is housed in a modern building in a busy street, you could pass it by and not know what it really was. Inside is a treasure trove, beautifully laid out and lit, and of a size that is easy to absorb. From the earliest Luristan bronzes, through wonderfully wrought fine metal work and jewellery, exquisite calligraphy and miniatures, glowing tiles and porcelain wares to intricately woven textiles, everything speaks of the refined approach to his craft that was the pride of these artisans of the past.

    The museum is open from 0900 -1200 and 1300 -1600 and is closed on Mondays.

    Pol-e Seyed Khandan, Shari'ati Ave

    Parthian gold
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