With enough time spent for history and food which i was able to score during the evening times only,i moved towards Shiraz with slight diversion to Meybod to visit the mud castle ruins.I love castles,forts,history and beer. Wherever i go,i find myself indulged in either of those.
Houses in small cities of Iran are made up of mud and unbaked brick.The mud and unbaked brick are the perfect resistance.In the cold season the absorbed temperature serve as an insulation which protect the inside air from being effected by the chilly winter desert climate.During hot season the absorbed temperature, mud and unbaked bricks strongly resist the incessant sun rays.
As i leave from Meybod castle these guys invited me to join them for falafal and drinks 🙂
Somewhere on the way to Shiraz
Settled in a hostel in Shiraz from where the attractions were closeby.Met a brave american motorcyclist there in the same hostel who was traveling in Iran on his own,without any guide.His name was Dave,he gave me his card but i lost it.
Nasir Ol Molk Mosque,Shiraz,Iran
Main agenda for coming to Shiraz was to visit Persepolis and Necropolis.Rather than going by myself.I decided to take a guided tour which was totally worth it.I booked it through the hostel where i was staying for easy pick up and drop.
A lamassu at the Gate of All Nations
Gate of all nations,Persipolis,Iran.Persepolis “The city of the Persians” also known as Takht-e-Jamshid meaning “the throne of Jamshid was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire.
Depiction of the Medes and Persian soldiers at the Persepolis.Ruins of Tachara also known as Palace of Darius the Great.
In the right corner the attacking lion is representing a symbol in Zoroastrianism (religion) for Nowruz (persian new year).You can also see the bas-relief artwork depicting Armenians bringing gifts to the king.
Pillars of Apadana Palace,Persipolis,Iran
Naqsh-e Rustam is an ancient necropolis located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis Iran, with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods.These are toms of great kings in Persian empire.From left to right – Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I, Xerxes I.
The triumph of Shapur I over the Roman emperors Valerian and Philip the Arab
With few days in Shiraz,I decided to move up north.Next was Isfahan before we hit damavand and Gilan province.