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Shirin Art Gallery Jan 2014 Flight With The Sun 07
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Shirin Art Gallery Apr 2014 Black Gold Leila Varasteh Vida Zaim 01
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Shirin Art Gallery Apr 2014 Soheil Mokhtar Future Of Sadness 01
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Shirin Art Gallery Apr 2014 Afshin Nikravesh landscape 02
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Shirin Art Gallery Apr 2014 Soheil Mokhtar Future Of Sadness 02
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Shirin Art Gallery Apr 2014 Afshin Nikravesh Landscape 01
Vlatko Šplihal
Petnja Lake - Winter 2012
Gary Davies
HMS Alliance fwd torpedo room
bibouroku tabito
熱海梅園の紅葉 3
Stephan Messner
Img 2597 lilienstein mond ii 10mm 16102011 panorama hdr sphere
Anton Gulya-Yanovskiy
Ораниенбаум. Китайский дворец. Розовая гостиная. (Oranienbaum. Chinese palace. Rose drawing-room)
Andrey Gorlachev
Camp near the lake
Igor Chuevskyi
Minsk, On the banks of Svislotch river (Belarus)
Amin Abedini
Glory of Christ abandoned-church, Ghalat, Shiraz
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palace of rocca picola in la valleta. malta
Jaime Brotons
Lafontroja
Michael Malag
Salmiya seaside in IR
Marcio Cabral
Pratinha Cave
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Shirin Art Gallery Sep 2013 Corrosion 01
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Aun Iranian Art Foundation Dec 2012 Mitra Ebrahimi The Wall 01
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Haftsamar Art Gallery Feb 2014 Mina Shojaee 01
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Seyhoun Art Gallery Dec 2012 Ario Farzi Winterreise 02
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Shirin Art Gallery Mar 2013 Light Curated By Iman Safaei 06
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Seyhoun Gallery March 2012 Ahmad Nasrollahi Haji Firouze 02
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Garmeh Kavir Maziar Aledavod Atashoni Iran Desert 01
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Shirin Art Gallery Mar 2013 Light Curated By Iman Safaei 01
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Sadr High Way Tehran
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Shirin Art Gallery Dec 2013 Malahat Mohebkhah 02
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Aaran Art Gallery Jan 2013 Untitled A Selection By Behrang Samadzadeghan And Aaran Gallery 02
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More About Tehran

Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.