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Pearl Of The Desert

Ancient castle in Rayen – Iran
The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BC. This area is considered as one of the ancient regions of Iran and valuable historical vestiges have been discovered here. Jiroft is an example, where a previously unknown settlement dating back to around 2500BC has just been established by archeologists. Kerman has an abundance of historical sites and landmarks, 283 in total, according to Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization. Ancient abandoned citadels such as Arg-é Bam and Rayen castle have been preserved in the desert for two thousand years.
Rayen is a city in Kerman (province). Rayen is everything Bam used to be before the earthquake. Rayen has a historic Arg (fortress) built entirely of sun-dried mud bricks. Its historic city has countless mudbrick houses, some of them unfortunately decaying, but it is this decaying charm that makes the city even more attractive.
Arg-e Rayen was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although believed to be at least thousands years old, may in fact have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.
The planning and architecture of the citadel are thought out from different points of view. From the present form of the citadel one can see that the planner(s) had foreseen the entire final form of the building and city from the first steps in the planning process. During each phase of building development the already-built part enjoyed a complete figure, and each additional part could be “sewn” into the existing section seamlessly.
The citadel is situated in the center of the fortress-city, on the point with widest view for security. When the gate of the city was closed, no human or animal could enter. The inhabitants could continue living for a long period of time in isolation as they had access to a well, gardens, and domestic animals inside. When the fortress-city was besieged the inhabitants could remain in the city while the soldiers could defend it, protected by high walls and towers.
All buildings are made of non-baked clay bricks, i.e. adobes. Bam Citadel was, prior to the 2003 earthquake, the biggest adobe structure in the world and then Rayen Castle (Arg-é Rayen).

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Sky – The Amazing South

All the pictures were taken in the south of Iran.

I have no wings and flying without wings are not easy; let alone my wings have no feathers! However when I travel to the south, the sky is so clear, remarkably clear and my soul goes in the sky! I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam.

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Wonders Of Iran:In Search of Heaven

“Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation” (later made into a documentary for the Discovery Channel) the British Egyptologist and historian David Rohl suggests that the Biblical Garden of Eden was situated in Tabriz.


 “In Search of Heaven” recounts the spiritual odyssey of American missionary Howard Conklin Baskerville. His 1907 passage to Iran, as a teacher, led to philosophical revelations that would not only impact his own life, but his students as well. Baskerville’s journey to enlightenment drew him to become the driving inspiration behind a revolution of freedom for a politically, and religiously, oppressed people.

The city of Tabriz, where Howard met his end, has recently been postulated as the original “Garden Of Eden.”  Certified Scholars identify the location next to City of Tabriz as the modern city of Rezahehe (Oromieh) birth place of Adam and Eve. 

Christians will be fascinated by this.  That includes Jews.  The followers of Islam also believe that there was a real birthplace where in Adam and Even were created and call it “Baghe Behesht,” which translates as the same thing as “Garden of Eden.” In the book the reader will get familiar with the city which was the place of Garden of Eden and the birth place of Adam and Eve. The novel, “In Search of Heaven”, has been adapted into a screenplay and is currently being developed into a major motion picture.

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Kashan-Niasar: In The Middle of Vast Deserts!

In the middle of vast deserts and beautiful mountains there is a beautiful small village with lots of flowers, a waterfall and caves hidden in the desert surrounded by mountains.

The green and beautiful resort village of Niasar is located 28 kilometers west of the city of Kashan, Isfahan province. Niasar’s Sassanid monument is a domed building constructed over a rock at the highest point of Niasar village which can be seen from afar.

Niasar cave, with its entrance openings, located in gardens north of Niasar village, is a temple belonging to followers of Mitra (god of ancient Persia). The temple most probably dates back to the early Partian era. All but one of the chambers of the cave are man-made.The Eid-ul-Adha (Al-Adha feast) held in Niasar lends proof to the fact that people living in the region in the olden times believed in Mithraism.

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Mount of Sun : Iran : Zanjan : Katale Khor Cave


Katale khor (Persian: کتله‌خور,Azerbaijani: كتل كوتول) is a cave located in Zanjan Province, Iran. It’s situated at 120 km south of Zanjan city and 410 km away from Tehran. The name, Katale khor, means “mount of Sun”.


It is believed that the cave joins to Ali Sadr Cave in Hamadan province.

The cave was scientifically studied at 1984 and due to the results, formation of the cave referred to the Jurassic period (about 120 million years ago). The cave mostly contains lime stalactites and stalagmites and huge halls and corridors, mainly dry. Three levels of the cave have been explored so far and it is anticipated that unexplored levels exceeds to four. Currently, there are two visiting routes inside the cave, a 2 km long straight route for public visit and a 4 km long sport route for professionals. This cave at entry stages was residence of ancient people so that bones of about 80 people are still preserved.
This cave was discovered about 90 years ago but it was registered by Ahmad Jamali


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