Tag Archives: Spring

Photo Series: Spring in Iran – Ardabil Province

The province of Ardabil is located in the north-west of Iran, bordering the Republic of Azerbaijan and the provinces of East Azarbaijan, Zanjan and Gilan. The Talesh mountain range on the east separates Ardabil from Gilan. The majority of its population are Azeris.

The origins of the city Ardabil go back 4000 to 6000 years, but its golden age was in the Safavid period. The name of Ardabil came from a Zoroastrian name of “Artavil” (mentioned in Avesta) which means a holy place. Meshgin Shahr, called “Khiav”, “Orami”, and “Varavi” in the past, is the closest city to the Sabalan mountains.

Sabaland, an inactive volcano in the Alborz mountains, is Ardabil’s most famous natural region but the province offers many other beautiful natural landscapes, mineral and hot springs (Sareyn, Khalkhal, Sardabeh, Booshli) and lakes (Neor, Shoorabil, Shoorgel, Noushahr, Alooche).

The weather in the province varies drastically. The city of Ardabil has very cold winters (-23°C) and very pleasant summers. Bilasuar and Parsabad have hot summers and warm winters. But generally this province is considered the coldest province in Iran though large parts of the province are green and forested.

Other nature posts: The other Iran | Nature

Sources: Iran Chamber Society, Wikipedia | Ardabil Province, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, Tasnim News Agency (TNA) 1, TNA 2, ISNA

Photo Series: Spring in Iran – North Khorasan Province

North Khorasan Province, located in northeastern Iran with Bojnord as its capital, is one of the most multicultural territories in the country: Kurdish speakers make a 46.1% of the population, followed by Persian speakers (27.8%), Khorasani Turks (20.6%), Turkmens (3.3%) and other Iranians (2.2%).

Photos: Early spring days across North Khorasan Province (Borna)

Sources: Wikipedia | North Khorasan, Borna News Agency

Iran’s Tehran Province: Park-e Shahr in Tehran

Park-e Shahr, literally the City Park, is one of the oldest parks in Tehran, located just a few blocks north of the Grand Bazaar. The park covers over 25 hectares and, besides its 17.3 hectares dedicated to green space, it houses a lake, a library, a small aviary garden and a traditional restaurant.

The Tehran Peace Museum, a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, is also located within Park-e Shahr. The main objective of the museum is to promote a culture of peace through raising awareness about the devastating consequences of war. The museum coordinates a peace education program that holds workshops on humanitarian law, disarmament, tolerance, and peace education.

Sources: Wikipedia | Park-e Shahr, The Culture Trip, Untold Iran, Tehran Picture Agency (TPA) 1, TPA 2, Wikipedia | Tehran Peace Museum

Photo Series: Spring in Iran – Marivan, Kurdistan Province

Marivan is a city on the Zagros mountain range, in Kurdistan Province, western Iran. West from the city, to the feet of high mountains and surrounded by thick forests lies Lake Zarivar.

Related articles: The other Iran | Landscape

Photos: Early spring days in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran

Sources: Mehr News Agency, Wikipedia | Marivan, Wikipedia | Kurdistan Province

Photo series: Winter in Iran – First spring signs

Nowruz, the Iranian New Year celebrated on the day of the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, has almost arrived and with it we can enjoy the first blossoms across the country: From Rumeshgan in Lorestan, Estur in Kerman, Khaledah and Shiraz in Fars to the gardens of Qazvin.

Sources: Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MNA 2, MNA 3, MNA 4, Tasnim News Agency, ISNA, IRNA, Jamejam Online

Iran’s Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province: Beautiful Koohrang (Photos)

Kuhrang (Koohrang) County lies in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province in central Iran. The capital of the county is Chelgard. Rural areas in Koohrang have a temperate climate with beautiful landscapes.

During Spring, from early April to early May, grow fritillaria imperialis, called often “inverted tulip” in Iran. Its main habitat is Zagros Mountains and the greatest flowers are found in Kuhrang.

The Lion Tombstones (shir-e sangi or bardshir) are a type of tombstone in the form of a lion, found mostly on the graves of Lor and Qashqai (Ghashghai) nomads in the west, southwest, and parts of southern Persia. The major concentration of these statues in today’s Iran are in the province of Khuzestan.

These lions statues stare out from isolated Bakhtiari graveyards in many valleys and across the Zagros Mountains, along the migration routes of the tribes. They mark the graves of unknown chiefs and warriors who died in local battles and can be found individually and in clusters.

Sources: Tasnim News | Photos, IRNA | Photos 1, IRNA | Photos 2, Wikipedia | Kuhrang County, Enciclopædia Iranica | Lion Tombstones, Mehr News | Iran home to inverted tulips