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3 Caravanserai located in Kermanshah province

The peak of the caravanserai period in Iran was the Safavid period when Shah Abbas Safavid decided to build 999 caravanserais in Iran. An exact document as to whether or not 999 caravanserais were built is not available, but what is clear is that 54 of these caravanserais remain in Iran today and of these 54, 3 of them have become the share of Kermanshah province...

In Yazd, an Eternal Flame Burns Bright

BY: Wahyuni KamahPrinted in The Jakarta Globe on  March 17, 2015 Arrived at the main bus terminal in Yazd, the capital of the eponymous province in Iran, at night, and immediately I had the impression of a city that was wide sprawling. There were no high-rise buildings visible, and the city stretched out flat and low. I couldn’t wait until day broke to see and...

An Armenian Tale of Rebirth, Survival in Ancient Iran

Printed in The Jakarta Globe on  December 24, 2014 Having spent a few days in Iran, a republic that implements shariah law, I began to wonder if the country had any churches. My curiosity was answered when I stayed in Isfahan, 340 kilometers south of Tehran. Although the cities that I visited in Iran are all uniquely stunning, I must say that Isfahan is the most...

On A Quest for the three Wise Men of Neyshabur

BY: Wahyuni KamahPrinted in The Jakarta Globe on  July 13, 2015 I traveled to by car to Neyshabur, 115 kilometers west of Mashhad, the capital of Iran’s Razavi Khorasan province. On the way, I passed a mountain range. Neyshabur is famous for its fertile land and pleasant climate. It borders the high mountains of Bilanud to the north, from where the chilly...

Kashan: A Gem of Traditional Persian Architecture

Kashan: A Gem of Traditional Persian Architecture BY: Wahyuni KamahPrinted in The Jakarta Globe on  July 1, 2015 Here I am in Kashan, a city in Isfahan Province, about a three-hour drive to the south of Iran’s capital Tehran. The city of around 280,000 people was the capital of the Persian Empire during the reign of Shah Abbas Safavid II (1642-1666) of the...

My Spiritual Tour of Iran’s Grand Mosque

The holy city of Mashhad welcomes visitors and pilgrims alike to experience the spiritual wonders and colorful bazaars the city has to offer. BY: Wahyuni KamahPrinted in The Jakarta Globe on October 24, 2014 Traffic … traffic,” my driver Reza said desperately as we neared my hotel in the busiest area of Mashhad on a sunny day. Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city and...

Meighan Pond, Arak, Markazi, Iran

Meighan Pond, listening to the birds Meighan desert Pond is located in Markazi province, 12 km northeast of Arak, at the lowest point of the plain of Arak region, near the tourist villages of Rahzan, Deh Namak, and Tarmzad. The word of Meighan means believing or what anyone who hears believes. History of the Pond Archaeologically, it dates back to the Paleocene, in...

Persian Fairytale

“I`m in Iran!” That`s what I wanted to post during my vacations but could not decide which photos to share with the world. And the reason is the ultimate beauty of the country. My emotions were over the edge, too much feelings… too much photos to share… Olga in Iran So no posts during my trip. Only sightseeing, breathing this magic air, catching smiles of people...

Tips on Shiraz

A Pilgrimage for Poetry: My Trip in Shiraz, Iran

Visits the tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi and discovers the power of Sufi poetry over the centuries BY: Wahyuni KamahPrinted in The Jakarta Globe  July  4, 2014 Don’t forget to visit Sa’adi’s tomb. His poems are truly humanist and his works are highly respected around the world,” said the passenger sitting next to me on my flight to Shiraz, Iran.I could not forget — the...