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The 14th century Amir Chakhmaq Mosque in Yazd is said to be a relic of the Safavid period, and was constructed with help from then-governor Amir Jalaleddin Chakhmaq Shami and his wife.
Image Credit: Tom Kuczyński
Illuminating Iran
The courtyard in front of the Amir Chakhmaq complex is popular with men of all ages and professions. Aside from the soldiers captured here it could be almost any square in the world where locals gather after the long, hot hours of the afternoon.
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Illuminating Iran
The mausoleum of Shah-E Cheragh in Shiraz has been a place of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims since the 14th century. Non-Muslims are welcome and even excused to take photos close-up of the pilgrims.
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Illuminating Iran
A carpet shop in Shiraz. American characters and motifs are high in demand…
Image Credit: Tom Kuczyński
Illuminating Iran
Noon at a mosque in the centre of Shiraz. Kuczyński: ‘An understanding mother offered to stand aside to allow me to take this long exposure image. Sadly I lost the mother’s email address so I couldn’t send her a copy of this image as promised. I can only hope she somehow finds this photo essay.’
Image Credit: Tom Kuczyński
Illuminating Iran
Women rest after playing music and dancing at a Zoroastrian temple in a mountain, close to Yazd. Zoroastrianism served in some form as the state religion of a significant portion of Iranians for many centuries before gradually being marginalized by Islam from the 7th century onwards.
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Illuminating Iran
The Shah-E Cheragh is the mausoleum of Mir Sayyed Ahmad, the son of the seventh Imam, and considered the most important centre of pilgrimage in the city of Shiraz. The luminous bulbs hanging from the ceiling reflect off the countless mirrored tiles to give a mesmerizing glowing effect.
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Illuminating Iran
A Zurkhane, or ‘house of strength’, is an Iranian gymnasium where the traditional national sport of Varzesh-e Bastani takes place. The venue is home to the spiritual richness of Sufism, Mithraism rituals and a patriotic combination of acrobatics, rituals and poetry recitals. Dancers at the venue whirled around accompanied by epic songs and drumbeats, watched over by the chairman pictured…
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…and long departed heroes.
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