Isfahan, Iran: bits and pieces

View over Isfahan on a sunny friendly Friday

View over Isfahan on a sunny friendly Friday

On the walkway along the dried-up river

On the walkway along the dried-up river

Looking up to the old Zoroastrian Fire Temple

Looking up to the old Zoroastrian Fire Temple

In the Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Atashga-deh)

In the Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Atashga-deh)

View over Isfahan

View over Isfahan

Armenian church at sunset

Armenian church at sunset

My friend Mashtot next to the Armenian Vank Cathedral

My friend Mashtot next to the Armenian Vank Cathedral

Fresco outside the Vank Cathedral

Fresco outside the Vank Cathedral

Inside the Vank Cathedral

Inside the Vank Cathedral

Fresco in the Vank Cathedral

Fresco in the Vank Cathedral

I swear that I will not try swimming

I swear that I will not try swimming

(and if I do I will be careful)

Khajoo bridge

Khajoo bridge

Khajoo bridge's belly

Khajoo bridge's belly

Master at work

Master at work

Piece of handycraft

Piece of handycraft

Seven spices mix at the bazaar

Seven spices mix at the bazaar

Jameh Mosque and its pigeons

Jameh Mosque and its pigeons

Jameh Mosque

Jameh Mosque

Underground prayer room

Underground prayer room

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

Ceiling at the Jameh Mosque

Ceiling at the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

At the Jameh Mosque

Si-yo-se-pol, the 33 arches bridge

Si-yo-se-pol, the 33 arches bridge

View over Isfahan on a sunny friendly FridayOn the walkway along the dried-up riverLooking up to the old Zoroastrian Fire TempleIn the Zoroastrian Fire Temple (Atashga-deh)View over IsfahanArmenian church at sunsetMy friend Mashtot next to the Armenian Vank CathedralFresco outside the Vank CathedralInside the Vank CathedralFresco in the Vank Cathedral(and if I do I will be careful)Khajoo bridgeKhajoo bridge's bellyMaster at workPiece of handycraftSeven spices mix at the bazaarJameh Mosque and its pigeonsJameh MosqueUnderground prayer roomAt the Jameh MosqueAt the Jameh MosqueCeiling at the Jameh MosqueAt the Jameh MosqueAt the Jameh MosqueSi-yo-se-pol, the 33 arches bridge

If Tehran is the administrative capital of Iran, Isfahan is definitely the touristic one. It’s the only place in the country where I found a “tourist police” (the Iranian tourist information center, with a policeman who speaks  English and very officially welcomes you to Iran, to Isfahan, gives you a map of the city and is at your entire disposal, should you require any further help or guidance). The main square is very impressive, one of the biggest in the world, and is a UNESCO something, but it is not was this series of pictures is about. There is indeed a lot more to Isfahan than just its main square :) I was for example living in the very old Armenian district, which was very nice, with its nice coffee places, narrow cobbled streets and old houses.

(for pictures of the main square though, it’s this way).

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