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Iran’s Isfahan Province: Khansar’s nature

Khansar (also Romanized as Khvansar, Khunsar) is a 900km² mountainous county, situated in a green valley, about 2300 meters above sea level, in Isfahan Province, Iran. It includes 18 villages in 3 rural districts and one central city; Khansar. The county has a population of about 32,000 inhabitants. Hacham Uriel Davidi (1922–2006) and national football player Ali Shojaei are notable Khansaris.

Khun means spring and sar means place in Avestan language, so khansar means place of the spring. The languages spoken in the city are Khunsari (Khwanshari), a northwestern Iranian language, and Judeo-Khunsari, a Judæo-Persian language spoken in Khansar and elsewhere in the far-western Isfahan Province.

The city of Khansar is situated on both sides of a narrow valley through which the Khunsar River flows. The town and its gardens and orchards straggle some 10 km along the valley. Khansar is famous for its honey, flower-filled gardens and a great profusion of fruit.

The principal centers of Gazz Angebin production in Iran are the mountainous pasture-lands of this region. Gazz Angebin, indirectly extracted by an insect from a plant, is one of the main ingredients of Gazz (Iranian Nougat). Khansar has also famous hand-woven rugs called Weis in polygonal shapes.

Sources: Wikipedia | Khvansar, Wikipedia | Khvansar County, Mehr News Agency | Photos

Iran’s Isfahan Province: The Zayandeh-Rood

Beautiful photos of Isfahan’s bridges!

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DSC01900The Zayanderud (Zayandeh River) is the largest river in the central plateau of Iran. It crosses directly through the city of Isfahan. In 2010, the river dried out completely after several years of draught. Today the river flows with water once again, however the city continues to close and open the dam throughout the year depending on water shortages throughout the districts. The water that forms the river originates from the inside of the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometers. The 400 km of river is spanned by may historical bridges that were built in the Safavid era. The Zayanderud is the reason for the prosperity of the central Iranian provinces of Isfahan and Yazd. Two of the most famous bridges on the Zayanderud are the Siosepol (33 Bridge) and Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge).
DSC01901 Women wearing head-to-toe hijab are having kayaking practice on the Zayanderud. They are padding upstream while…

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Photo Series: Spring in Iran – Fereydunshahr, Isfahan Province

Fereydunshahr is a county of 38,300 (2011) inhabitants in Isfahan Province, Iran. It has two cities: Fereydunshahr and Barf Anbar. The majority of the county’s population are Iranian Georgians.

Sources: Wikipedia | Fereydunshahr, Mehr News Agency | Photos

Iran’s Isfahan Province: Kashan – Fin Garden Series (Photo gallery)

The tradition and style in the design of Persian Gardens has influenced the design of gardens from Andalusia to India and beyond. Unesco declared the Fin Garden in Kashan a World Heritage Site on July 18, 2012.

Related post about Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden) with background information and more photos:
Kashan – Fin Garden Series

Source: Wikipedia | Persian Gardens

Iran’s Isfahan Province: Kashan – Boroujerdi House Series

Boroujerdi's House in Kashan, Iran

Boroujerdi’s House in Kashan, Iran

The Boroujerdi House (in Persian: Khaneh-ye Boroujerdi-ha) is a historic house in Kashan, Esfahan Province, Iran that is nowadays open to the public as a museum.

It was built in 1857 for the bride of Haji Mehdi Boroujerdi, a welthy merchant, by architect Ustad Ali Maryam. The bride came from the affluent Tabatabaei family, for whom Ali Maryam had built the Tabatabaei House some years earlier and the condition set for the marriage was the construction of a house as beautiful as the Tabatabaei House.

Considered a true masterpiece of Persian traditional residential architecture, it took eighteen years to build using 25 workers, painters and architects.

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Wind towers of the Boroujerdi’s House in Kashan, Iran

The House, famous for its atypical shaped wind towers made of stone, brick, sun baked bricks and a composition of clay, straw and mortar, has three entrances and consists of a rectangular beautiful courtyard, delightful plaster and stucco works of fruits and flowers and wall paintings by the royal painter Kamal-ol-Molk and three 40 meter tall wind towers which help to cool the house to unusually cool temperatures.

The entrance to the building is in the form of an octagonal vestibule with multilateral skylights in the ceiling. Near the entrance is a five-door chamber with intricate plasterwork. Following a narrow corridor, a vast rectangular courtyard opens up. The courtyard has a pool and is flanked by trees and flowerbeds. Also in the vicinity of the corridor is a reception area sandwiched in between two rooms. Due to the high amount of sunlight these two rooms receive, they were mostly utilized during the winter months.

In the east and northeast area of the property lie the kitchen, rooms and stairways to the basement. The wind towers allowed for the basements to consistently benefit from a flow of cool air. On the southern side is a large covered hall adorned with many reliefs, artistic carvings and meshed windows which was the main area for various celebrations. It consists of a raised platform on its far side and would normally be reserved for the more important guests.

Source: Historical Iranian sites and people | Boroujerdi House

Iran’s Isfahan Province: Kashan – Fin Garden Series

Fin Garden in Kashan, Esfahan Province, Iran

Fin Garden in Kashan, Esfahan Province

The tradition and style in the design of Persian Gardens has influenced the design of gardens from Andalusia to India and beyond.

Fin Garden, or Bagh-e Fin, located in Kashan, Iran, is a historical Persian garden. It contains Kashan’s Fin Bath, where the reformist Qajarid chancellor, Amir Kabir, was murdered by an assassin sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852. Completed in 1590, the Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in Iran. Unesco declared the garden a World Heritage Site.

The origins of the garden may be anterior to the Safavid period but the settlements of the garden in its present form were built under the reign of Abbas I of Persia (1571-1629), as a traditional bagh near the village of Fin, located a few miles southwest of Kashan.

The garden covers 2.3 hectares with a main yard surrounded by ramparts with four circular towers. In keeping with many of the Persian gardens of this era, the Fin Garden employs many water features.

These were fed from a spring on a hillside behind the garden, and the water pressure was such that a large number of circulating pools and fountains could be constructed without the need for mechanical pumps.

The garden contains numerous cypress trees and combines architectural features of the Safavid, Zandiyeh and Qajar periods.

Source: Wikipedia | Fin Garden, Wikipedia | Persian Gardens

Fin Garden (or Bagh-e Fin) in Kashan, Esfahan Province, Iran

Fin Garden (or Bagh-e Fin) in Kashan, Esfahan Province

Fin Garden in Kashan, Esfahan Province

Fin Garden in Kashan, Esfahan Province

Chehel Sotoun in Isfahan, Iran

The name, meaning “Forty Columns” in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

As with Ali Qapu, the palace contains many frescoes and paintings on ceramic. Many of the ceramic panels have been dispersed and are now in the possession of major museums in the west. They depict specific historical scenes. […] There are also less historical, but even more aesthetic compositions in the traditional miniature style which celebrate the joy of life and love.ImageSource: Wikipedia | Chehel Shotoun