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Kish Island has been mentioned in history variously as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss. In 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned Nearchus to set off an expedition voyage into the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

Nearchus's writings on Arakata is the first known mention of Kish Island in antiquity. When Marco Polo visited the Imperial court in China, he commented on the Emperor's wife's pearls, he was told that they were from Kish. In the 1970s the last Shah of Iran turned the island into a luxury resort for the international elite complete with a Grand Casino (now known as the Shayan International Hotel) and an airport designed to handle the Concorde. After the Islamic Revolution, Kish Island became a duty-free shopping center.

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A: Khish Isand Beach 01

by Fariborz Alagheband, 120 meters away

Kish (Persian: کیش‎) is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is...

Khish Isand Beach 01

B: Kish Trade Center

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 440 meters away

Kish Trade Center

C: Statue of Senior Doctors

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 460 meters away

Statue of Senior Doctors

D: Quay - Kish

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 500 meters away

Quay - Kish

E: kish - seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 500 meters away

kish - seaside

F: Sitting on the Beach

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 550 meters away

Sitting on the Beach

G: Kish Seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 560 meters away

Kish Seaside

H: Grand Recreational Pier - Kish Island

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 570 meters away

Grand Recreational Pier - Kish Island

I: Alachigh - Kish Seaside

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 630 meters away

Alachigh - Kish Seaside

J: Kish city at night

by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, 890 meters away

Kish city at 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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