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Kish (Persian: کیش‎) is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 20,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, U.A.E, and Sharm el-Sheikh.Foreign nationals wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by airport and Kish port police officials.

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A: Khish Isand Beach 02

by Fariborz Alagheband, 120 meters away

Kish Island has been mentioned in history variously as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss. In 325 BC...

Khish Isand Beach 02

B: Quay - Kish

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 370 meters away

Quay - Kish

C: kish - seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 400 meters away

kish - seaside

D: Grand Recreational Pier - Kish Island

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 450 meters away

Grand Recreational Pier - Kish Island

E: Sitting on the Beach

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 450 meters away

Sitting on the Beach

F: Kish Seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 460 meters away

Kish Seaside

G: Statue of Senior Doctors

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 460 meters away

Statue of Senior Doctors

H: Alachigh - Kish Seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 540 meters away

Alachigh - Kish Seaside

I: Kish Trade Center

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 560 meters away

Kish Trade Center

J: Kish Seaside - Night

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 860 meters away

Kish Seaside - Night

This panorama was taken in Kish Island, 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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