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Today, pictures from valued commenter arrieve.

One of the problems with taking pictures of the many splendid architectural treasures in Iran was how close up to get. If I took pictures that captured the buildings as a whole — walls, gates, minarets — I missed all of the intricate detail that decorated almost every building.

Here, as a compromise, is a sampling of some of the amazing domes inside the buildings.

Taken on April 2015


This faience dome in Isfahan is probably the most elaborate one I saw. There’s a hole in the top to allow light in and create that peacock tail effect.

Taken on April 2015


The Jameh mosque in Kerman.

Taken on April 2015


This isn’t in a mosque, but in the former Governor’s House in Yazd. I love the way it was apparently designed with a Spirograph.

Taken on April 2015


A mosque in Yazd.

Taken on April 2015


This is one of the largest mosques in Iran. It’s also one of the oldest. Most of the mosques we visited were only a few hundred years old, but parts of this mosque are almost a thousand years old. It was by far my favorite.


Thank you so much arrieve, do send us more when you can.


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15 replies
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    Mary G says:

    Wow. The one on the mosque in Yazd reminds me a bit of the Death Star in Star Wars.

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    JPL says:

    The colors are amazing.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    That’s some seriously cool shit.

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    p.a. says:

    ^ All of the above! ^ Thanks

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    HinTN says:


    It must be amazing to be in that culture. Thanks for the photographs.

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    debbie says:


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    RAVEN says:

    These remind me of the film Gabbeh

    “Excellent cinematography…captures the incredible colors in nature and beauty and simple elegance of patterns between the weaving of Gabbeh rugs and the weavers lives. Unforgettable and stunning…it’s a movie that once you experienced it visually you never look at the colors of nature in exactly the same way.”

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    otmar says:

    Really cool stuff. Thank you!

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    suezboo says:

    The incredible detail and beauty brought about by those long-dead artists is amazing. It would seem that restricting the aesthetic to geometric forms has had nothing but positive results. Thank you so much for documenting these magnificent works of art.

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    susanna says:

    These are stunning, displaying the beauty of nature, artistically with mathematics.

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    the Conster says:


    The movie Bab ‘Aziz about a sufi wanderer was filmed in Tunisia and Iran, partially at the ancient adobe city of Bam which was destroyed by an earthquake shortly after they finished filming there. It has some of the most beautiful imagery I’ve ever seen.

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    Betty says:

    Stunning images. And if Trump and Bolton get their way to start bombing that country, it will be like Iraq with so much destroyed beauty along with so many innocent lives. I also recollect McCain was a big “Bomb Iran” fan. How soon people forget.

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    eclare says:

    Gorgeous photos

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Thank you!!! Those are stunning pictures.

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