Tehran: The Golestan Palace and the National Museum

There are two must-see places in Tehran’s old town: The National Museum and the Golestan Palace. So many treasures are hidden in the silent corridors of this history and archeology museum. If you missed visiting Persepolis like me you may find many clues at the exhibition halls about this magnificent ancient civilisation. We see many valuable pieces brought from the city of Persepolis, which was founded in the 6th century B.C. as the capital city of the Persian Empire. We see the examples of...

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The Lion and the Sun, Šir o Xoršid and the Faravahar

This figure that we saw on one of the walls of the Golestan Palace in Tehran is the Šir o Xoršid. It is the lion which bears the Sun on its body: this figure with origins in Babel mythology represents the period of the year that coincides with the Leo sign in astrology when the sunlight is at its strongest. The sunlight is at its strongest between the 20thof July and 20th of August and in this period the Sun moves into the Lion constellation. The same figure was adapted to Shih Islam during...

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From Tehran to Isfahan

We are departing from Tehran by bus before sunrise. Since it was the spur of the moment, we could not find a seat on any flight. We are determined to travel for five hours just to spend a single day in Isfahan. Since the sun has not risen yet, travelling on a straight road in the dark feels like we are in a film stage similar to David Lynch movies. As the scenery is lighted up we realise we are going through deserts. The landscape spread before us is an unchanging image to the right and the...

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