The traditional Islamic architecture of Iran is some of the finest anywhere.
Isfahan, with it’s grand open square and mosques , is probably the best of the best. The detail of the decorative tile-work and the scale and proportions of the grand domes of the mosques are truly remarkable.
The arid high-plain landscapes of Iran have been inhabited by some of the oldest civilisations of human history. Their relics and remains are to be seen everywhere. The grandest of these is Persepolis , capital of the old Persian empire, sacked by Alexander the Great and today reduced to a few mighty columns rising from a massive stone terrace.
The markets of the cities of Iran , particularly the old bazaars with their lofty vaulted ceilings , are a world of their own. Small shops, massive displays of food and household goods, people everywhere – all this makes for a lively and very exotic mix.