Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, in the north-west of the country, consists of three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These edifices – the oldest of which, St … Read More

Arg e Bam

Bam and its Cultural Landscape

Bam is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau. The origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). Its heyday was from the 7th to … Read More

Maymand

Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Maymand is a self-contained, semi-arid area at the end of a valley at the southern extremity of Iran’s central mountains. The villagers are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. They raise their animals on mountain pastures, living in temporary settlements in spring and autumn. … Read More

Alamut-Castle-Qazvin 2

Alamut: The Secret Fortress of the Assassins

On the summit of a ragged peak in the Alborz Mountains there lies the ruins of one of history’s most fearsome secrets. Today, it towers above the sleepy village of Moallem Kalayeh in a secluded valley that has been all … Read More

Rig-e Jenn

Land of Ghosts: The Bermuda Triangle of Iran

Eastern Iran is dominated by two vast deserts. In the middle of one of them – the Dasht-e Kavir – lies a vast and desolate place dominated by enormous sand dunes. This place is called Rig-e Jenn, which translates to … Read More

Avicenna (Ibn Sina)

Avicenna (Ibn Sina)

Avicenna was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. Of the 450 works he is known to have written, around 240 have survived, including 150 on philosophy … Read More

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam

The Persian astronomer, mathematician, and poet Omar Khayyam (1048-ca. 1132) made important contributions to mathematics, but his chief claim to fame, at least in the last 100 years, has been as the author of a collection of quatrains, the “Rubaiyat.”  … Read More

Funding for Tourism Projects in Bushehr Province

About 190 billion rials ($4.7 million) have been allocated to key tourism projects in Bushehr Province to help develop the southwestern province’s infrastructure and, by extension, realize Iran’s ambitious tourism goals. According to Nasser Amirzadeh, tourism deputy at the provincial … Read More

India Refuses to Cut Aviation Emissions

Expressing disappointment over India not being part of the global pact to reduce emission in the aviation sector, global airlines grouping IATA has said it will be a “major concern” for Indian operators, but hoped that the country would join … Read More

New Travel App Takes Fight to Household Names

Pana, a travel companion that organizes your plans and sends personalized trip alerts, is now making its app free to challenge rivals like TripIt, Google Trips and others. First launched two years ago, Pana had focused on its paid subscription … Read More