Tehran Off The Beaten Path

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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

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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.

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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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    Tange Vashi ( a natural attraction in Firouz kouh)

    by sarahshm Written Feb 17, 2008

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    Firouzkouh, is a city that is located in north-eastern region of Tehran Province ,in the middle of Alborz Mountains.One of its natural attractions is Tange vashi. A great place in the middle of mountains.
    Actually the best time to visit this place is the summer...other times it's freezing. There is no place to stay at night...but there are some parts for camping and stuff. Most people don't stay the night there...because you can visit the place very well within a day, that would be enough, morning till evening!
    You can participate in tours to visit this place. When u get there,u'll see really tall and amazing mountains around u, they have srounded u all the way, and there is water in the middle...so u have to walk all the way between them in the water and small rocks under ur feet... so u have to wear suitable shoes. In some parts the water will be around ur waist...although u'll get really tired in the end,u'll really enjoy this walk and also it's funny. cuz that place is crowded most of the times and it's fun to see peopl around u, they scream they laugh, they fall in to the water.In the middle of the way there is great beautiful plain, that u can have rest and enjoy the view and then go on .
    You can see other pics of Tange Vashi in the personal album.

    the fun walking starts from here. That was great!
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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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    Imam Khomeini Mausoleum 2

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    There is a massive hall, with a glass ‘cask’ (see picture one) inside which lies the bodies of Khomeini and his son (see picture two). The crypt is shrouded in a green colour (picture three) and many pilgrims will push money and prayer stones through the small openings within the tomb (see pictures four and five). The money is used once a year on the Khomeini’s birthday to distribute food to the poor in the area. The prayer stones supposedly come from Karbala in Iraq – a place sacred to many Muslims.

    The huge area is full of families enjoying picnics and generally making a great day out of it. It was the Khomeini’s wish that his mausoleum should be a place for the everyday people where they could enjoy themselves rather than a religious shrine along the lines of a mosque where people felt they had to behave with reverence.

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    Imam Khomeini Mausoleum 3

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    The huge banner hanging from the ceiling in picture one shows the pictures (from top to bottom) of Imam Khomeini, Imam Khameini (the current Ayatollah) and Khomeini’s son. Picture two shows women praying and paying homage to their great leader in the women only area. The Khomeini is still revered by many as the greatest leader ever! He was born on the 24th September 1902. He studied the Quran at the medressa in Qom and became the Ayatollah on March 31st 1931. He was arrested in 1963 after the Shah announced his ‘reforms’, but was released in 1964. In 1978 he was deported and settled in Paris. The following year, after the Shah left Iran, Khomeini returned to Qom. He died in 1989 after a short illness. He is probably most well known for launching the cultural revolution of Iran.

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    Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery 1

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    The Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery is the largest cemetery fro those who lost their lives during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). It was quite eerie to visit as the whole cemetery was empty apart from one small grave in one section when hysterical mourners were paying homage to a lost one.

    The cemetery is known as the Paradise of Fatemah.

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    Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery 2

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    Close to 1 million people were killed during the Iran-Iraq war, and 200,000 of them are buried here, as well as ordinary people. The graves with flags denote the Martyrs – those who died for their country fighting in the war. Ordinary civilians are those graves without flags.

    On some of the flags you can see certain figures: the white doves on the green part denote freedom, whereas the white tulips on the red cloth symbolise martyrs.

    Some as young as 14 (picture 4) were killed whilst defending their country.

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    Darband Mountain Resort

    by Behi Written Apr 16, 2008

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    Darband is a very popular hiking trail into the Alborz mountain Tochal, in the north of Tehran & north side of Saad Abad palace.
    A chair lift is also available for those not interested in hiking.

    The Darband means closed gates

    The initial start of the trail at Darband is about 250 metres long and is dotted with a number of small cafes and restaurants. These are quite popular and are busy in the evenings, as locals and tourists alike visit the many hooka lounges (locally called ghavekhane sonnati) along the trail.

    Darband can be reached by bus from Tajrish Sq.

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    Park-e Laleh

    by Behi Written Mar 23, 2009

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    Park-e Laleh (formerly called Park-e Farah) is one of the 800 parks in Tehran, established in 1966, provides pathways for walking and shade for picnics and relaxation.
    Around the park are some popular coffee shops, fast-food outlets, and shopping centers and designer boutiques.

    Iran's National Rug museum is in the northwest & the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the west, Laleh Hotel in the north.

    Located at Keshavarz Blvd. between Hejab junction & Kargar junction.

    statue of Biruni, Laleh Park's southwestern entran Park-e Laleh, Tehran Park-e Laleh, Tehran Park-e Laleh, Tehran
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    Bonyad-e Neyshaboor

    by Behi Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    Bonyad-e Neyshaboor established in 1980 by Prof. Fereydoon Joneidi the Iranologist & Linguist.

    Bonyad-e Neyshaboor works on Shahname & Iranian history & languages.

    Shahname reading sessions are held on 5 pm ,Saturdays.

    Pahlavi Persian Language courses are starts at October.

    Bonyad-e Neyshaboor also hold valuable library.

    address: no 4, Jalalieh st., Keshavarz blvd.

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    Park-e Hazrat Maryam

    by Behi Updated Mar 24, 2009

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    Park-e Hazrat Maryam (St. Maryam Park) established in 2002.

    mural of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus in her arms painted on a large building & a statue of Madonna & the son flourish this small park.

    Just across the street, Sarkis Armenian Orthodox church the most visible non-Islamic building in the city, is located.

    Address: KarimKhan zand St.

    Madonna & the son, St. Maryam Park Madonna & the son, St. Maryam Park Mary wall painting, St. Maryam Park St. Maryam Park
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    Behesht-e Zahra cemetery

    by Sputnikboy Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Behesht-e Zahra cemetery is just one kilometer away from Imam Khomeini Shrine, I took a taxy to get there but if it's not too hot it's an easy walk.

    This is the place were rest in peace 200000 souls of the Iran-Iraq war, making it the biggest cemetery of that war.
    Arriving from the Khomeini Shrine you will see first the civil cemetery of Tehran, then, after the poster of a dead by during the war, the Iran-Iraq war cemetery starts.
    This is different from the other one because most of the tombs have a sort of reliquary where you can see some object of the dead like a book, a clock or a picture of one of the Imams; you will see plenty of Iran flags hanging from the reliquaries. It was touching indeed to see those pictures and those little things.
    Some of these martyrs were really young when they died, most of them being members of the Basij corp, the infamous fanatics of the islamic revolution.

    At the end of the cemetery there was a building and in front of it there were a partially destructed vehicle and a tank from the Iran-Iraq war. From the building I heard coming an ipnotic song which later I recognized as a sort of pray to the martyrdom of Imam Hossein.
    It was definitely a grim atmosphere, especially because I didn't see many people visiting the tombs.

    Tombs of the Iran-Iraq war martyrs Devasted vehicle from Iran-Iraq war Tank from Iran-Iraq war Other tombs in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery Poster of a war martyr
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    Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery 3

    by grets Written Jun 14, 2007

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    In the centre of the cemetery is a mausoleum of the 72 people who were killed by a mujahadeen bomb in the offices of the Islamic Republic Party just after the revolution. On the walls you can see pictures of all those who died.

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