Gahar Lake in the Moonlight
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Gahar Lake in the Moonlight

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A: Gahar Lake

by zabih hasanvand, 1.4 km away

گهر شامل ۲ بخش به نام‌های گهر بزرگ (کله گهر) و گهر کوچک (کره گهر) می‌باشد. دریاچه گهر بزرگ حدود ۱۷۰۰ ...

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B: Kamal Saleh

by omid jafarnezhad, 36.0 km away

Kamal Saleh

C: grape garden & mother

by smeqhdad hosseini, 61.7 km away

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grape garden & mother

D: Nozhiyan Flower river

by omid jafarnezhad, 67.0 km away

رودخانه اطراف آبشار نوژیان شهر خرم آباد 

Nozhiyan Flower river

E: Nozhiyan Waterfall

by omid jafarnezhad, 67.3 km away

آبشار نوژيان تاریخ عکس:  22 اردیبهشت 1391آبشار نوژيان پس از درياچه گهر و آبشار بيشه يكي از مهم ترين ج...

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F: Fereydonshahr Isfahan

by Fariborz Alagheband, 70.2 km away

A good trip with my close friends Alireza hossein zadeh, Hamid reza Hossein zadeh & Ahmad Reyhan

Fereydonshahr Isfahan

G: shazand city

by omid jafarnezhad, 70.9 km away

Shazand (Persian: شازند‎, also Romanized as Shāzand and Shah Zand) is a city in and the capital of Sh...

shazand city

H: shevey spring waterfall

by meysam akbarzadeh, 71.0 km away

آبشار شوی، پس از بیرون آمدن غار، از گردنه‌ای بلند به پایین سرازیر می‌شود. ارتفاع آبشار ۱۰۰ متر و عرض ...

shevey spring waterfall

I: shevey spring waterfall

by meysam akbarzadeh, 71.1 km away

آبشار شِوی یکی از بزرگ‌ترین و زیباترین آبشارهای ایران در رشته‌کوه‌های زاگرس است. شوی در گویش لری بختی...

shevey spring waterfall

J: Chepeghli Nature Park

by Ali Shokri, 79.1 km away

تفرجگاه چپقلی در 30 کیلومتری غرب اراکدارای چشمه معدنی دارای خواص پزشکی

Chepeghli Nature Park

This panorama was taken in Iran

This is an overview of Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been occupied since 4000BCE, making Iran home to the world's oldest continuous civilization.

It is located in central Eurasia on two ancient trade routes. One runs North-South and connects the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, the other one goes East-West between China, India, Europe and Africa.

There's a city called Isfahan at the intersection of these two routes, which at one time was the wealthiest city in the world. Isfahan was twice the capital of the Persian Empire, during the Median and then Safavid Dynasties.

Interesting artifacts from pre-Islamic Persia include the cylinder of Cyrus the Great, which is the world's first written declaration of human rights. The hanging gardens of Babylon (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) and the Code of Hammurabi (a set of rules which outlast the King) are also on the list.

The Persian Empire was so magnificent that returning Crusaders carried tales of its splendor and helped spark the Renaissance in Europe! Influence of the Zoroastrian teachings of equality also inspired Greek philosophers such as Aristotle and Socrates.

The Persian Empire was conquered by Muslim Arabs around 650CE during the Sassanid Dynasty. Initially the Zoroastrian, Christian and Jewish faiths were tolerated but by 1000CE most Persians had accepted Islam.

In the sixteenth century Shi'a Islam was declared in Isfahan to be the national religion of Persia and the second golden age began. From 1500 to 1720 the Safavid Dynasty built the greatest Iranian empire since before the Islamic conquest of Persia.

Because of its strategic location and oil resources, World War I found Persia in the middle of conflicts between the Ottoman Empire, Russia and the British Empire-via-India. Persia became Iran as of 1935 and was ruled by the Shah, a Persian term for "monarch."

In the Islamic Revolution of 1979 Iran re-established a theocratic government under the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Today the capital of Iran is the city of Tehran, and Iran is known as the world's center of Shi'a Islam.

Text by Steve Smith.

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