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The Caspian Sea

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Sunset at the Capian Sea. Close to the "Azadi Khazar Hotel", once known as the "Hyatt Khazar Hotel"

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Nearby images in Northern Iran

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A: The Caspian Sea

by Ramin Dehdashti, 220 meters away

The "Azadi Khazar Hotel", once known as the "Hyatt Khazar Hotel".

The Caspian Sea

B: A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF NAMAKABRUD NEAR CHALUS THE NORTHERN SIDE OF IRAN ON THE EDGE OF CASPIAN SEA.

by Mir Mehrullah Talpur, 4.0 km away

I TOOK THIS 360 PANO WHILE TAKING RIDE ON CABLE CAR AT NAMAKABRUD (Telecabin) NEAR CHALUS THE NORTHER...

A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF NAMAKABRUD NEAR CHALUS THE NORTHERN SIDE OF IRAN ON THE EDGE OF CASPIAN SEA.

C: The Namakabrud Telecabin

by Ramin Dehdashti, 4.1 km away

The Namakabrud Telecabin

D: North Of Iran-Namak Abrud

by Reza Pazhouhesh, 4.5 km away

North Of Iran-Namak Abrud

E: Motel Ghou

by Meysam Yarparvar, 8.8 km away

Motel Ghou

F: Motel Ghou River

by Meysam Yarparvar, 9.3 km away

Motel Ghou River

G: beach of caspian sea

by amir abtahi, 9.8 km away

sunset on sprint (farvardin 1392),(april 2013) in line 8, beach of caspian sea in chalus, mazandaran ...

beach of caspian sea

H: Garkala Iran

by Mark Schuster, 11.9 km away

A small village in northern Iran not too far inland from the Caspian Sea. None-the-less in fairly hig...

Garkala Iran

I: khosravi home out1

by saman khosravi, 12.8 km away

khosravi home out1

J: khosravi home out 2

by saman khosravi, 12.8 km away

khosravi home out 2

This panorama was taken in Northern Iran, 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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