Daily Archives: 2016-05-10

All About Tabriz

All About Tabriz

A fascinating bazaar, a deeply human heart and passionately helpful freelance guides make this gigantic, sprawling city (Tabriz) a sun rising positive introduction to Iran. It had a spell as the Iranian capital and has proven extremely influenced in the country’s recent history. Sometimes stiflingly smoggy and hot in summer, it can be freezing and hot in summer, it can be freezing cold in winter, but the Azeri welcome is generally very warm any time of year. Do not miss an excursion to Kandovan, Iran’s Cappadocia. (بیشتر…)

Tabriz Historic Bazaar

Tabriz Historic Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar of Tabriz, a historic heritage complex, which is selected as a valuable cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2010, was one of the most important international trade and cultural centers in Asia and the world between the 12th and the 18th centuries, covers some 7 sq km with 24 separate caravansarais and 22 impressive Timchehs (domed halls) thanks to the centuries-old east-west trading connections and routes and to a wise policy of endowments and tax exemptions. (بیشتر…)

Kabud mosque (Blue Mosque)

Kabud mosque (Blue Mosque)

Kabud (Blue Mosque), which is a 15th-century structure was among the most glorious buildings of its era. Once built, artists took a further 25 years to cover every surface with the blue majolica tiles and intricate calligraphy for which it’s nicknamed.  Blue mosque survived one of history’s worst-ever earthquakes (1727), but collapsed in a later quake (1773) and was recently restored with the utmost skill. Devastated Tabriz had better things to do than mend it and it lay as a pile of rubble until 1951, when reconstruction finally started. The brick superstructure is now complete, but only on the rear (main) entrance portal (which survived 1773) is there any hint of the original blue exterior. Because of the blue tiles used in the decoration of both interior and exterior of Kabud mosque, it has become to be known as the Turquoise of Islam. (بیشتر…)