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August 2000

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07 August 
City map of Isfahan.
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07 August 
Accommodation in Tourist Hotel  on Abbas Abad Street.
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11 August 
The Shahrzad Restaurant  opposite the hotel ...
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11 August 
... invites for lunch and supper.
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13 August 
The extensively glazed façade of the restaurant.
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13 August 
Enjoying dessert in Shahrzad  restaurant.
 

 

Friday Excursion

(Isfahan) 
11 August
In Islamic countries Friday is a holiday. Most Iranian people like to make prolonged excursions and extensive picnics with their whole family. The shady banks of the Zayanderud  river in Isfahan were full of visitors as well as the tea houses under the bridges hidden from the enormous heat on that day. Friday Excursion (Isfahan)

Friday Mosque

(Isfahan) 
12 August
The Friday Mosque  reflects a 1000-year-old Persian and Islamic architecture. It was built on the place of a former fire temple and continuously restored and reorganised so that nowadays it consists of many different styles. The Mihrab of Oljaytu  is considered the most beautiful Mongolic stucco and is elaborately carved. Its construction has been ordered by the Mongol ruler Oljaytu  in 1310. It is located in a side prayer hall built within the western arcade. Friday Mosque (Isfahan)

Emam Square

(Isfahan) 
8 - 17 August
The Emam Square (Shah Meydan)  measures about 500 by 150 m and has the epithet Construction Plan of the World. The facility dates to the 17th century to the time of Shah Abbas I. Originally it was used for festivals, polo and executions. Later the square was reconfigured into a park. The square is surrounded by two-storied ambulatories accommodating varieties of handicraft and other shops. In the northern part lies the bazaar, in the eastern the Lotfollah Mosque, in the southern the Emam Mosque and in the western the Ali Ghapoo Palace. Emam Square (Isfahan)

Emam Mosque

(Isfahan) 
17 August
The Emam Mosque  (till 1979 Shah Mosque) has been build in the 17th century by Shah Abbas I  and is considered to be a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Highly detailed mosaic works in portals, praying halls, domes, minarets and ambulatories are outstanding. The mosque is oriented towards Mecca, as recommended by the Quran. Thus it forms an angle of 45° with the axis of the Emam Square. Emam Mosque (Isfahan)
 

 
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10 August 
The bridge Si-o-se Pol  across Zayanderud  river.
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17 August 
In the evening time at the entrance of the Emam Mosque.
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19 August 
View of the Palace with 40 Columns ...
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19 August 
... respectively Chehelsotun Palace.
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19 August 
Inside the Palace: The mirror-tiled entrance and ...
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19 August 
... a partly restored vault ...
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19 August 
... and two paintings with scenes ...
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19 August 
... in former times.
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21 August 
Return flight with a B727-200 from Isfahan ....
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21 August 
... to Tehran and ...
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21 August 
... with a B747-200 from Tehran ...
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21 August 
... to Istanbul.

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