Persepolis Reliefs; Symbol of Iran’s Ancient, Rich Civilization

Tablets, inscriptions and reliefs of Persepolis mirror many historical and geographical features as well as customs of the ancient Iran. Many details about the Achaemenid era’s culture, art, clothing and tools can be discovered by looking at these remains- and that includes the wages of craftsmen and workers!Iranians have combined their local art with that of different nations and lands in the construction of Persepolis. After the fall of Achaemenids, the architectural and decorative style used in the monument has been propagated inside and outside Iran. It is still a source of inspiration for architects.An interesting characteristic of Persepolis’ carvings is the absence of ashamed, humiliated figures: the representatives of other nations aren’t pictured as defeated warriors or slaves, but all are equal members of the great world community. All the nations, from the Medes to Indians, Tunisians, Africans, and Greeks, are portrayed as independent, self-reliant figures. No one is on a horse; no trace of the Persians’ superiority or self-glorification is seen. Also, it is clear that all people have been free to use their indigenous clothes and culture.What follows are Honar Online News Agency’s photos of reliefs and sculptures in Persepolis; a stupendous monument that depicts the apogee of Persian art:

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Iran’s Beauties in Photos: Asiabar Traditional Market

Asiabar is located in Deylman region of Siahkal County in northern Iranian province of Gilan. The traditional market of Asiabar is said to date back to the Safavid era. There used to be more than 50 stalls in the bazaar to meet the needs of people from different villages: traditional forging, sewing, butchery, bakery, coffee house, hostel, carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery, shoemaking, trading, hospital, veterinary, petitionary, school room, pharmacy, apothecary and horseshoe making. Easy access had been a main factor for the prosperity of Asiabar bazaar in the mountainous region of Deylman. It was registered this year in the list of Iran’s National Heritage as the first traditional market in the north of country. What follows are ILNA’s photos of Asiabar bazaar:

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Parkour Becoming All the Rage in Iran

The word Parkour is derived from the French word “parcourt” which refers to traversing. It means the art of movement in the simplest, fastest way possible. With a focus on speed and simplicity, parkour’s goal is to teach everyone to jump over obstacles in one’s life. It is a fascinating sport with many fans. That said, some citizens confuse parkour with another activity: they consider all the gymnastics-based performances done in the streets to be parkour; while most of them are in fact part of a sport called free-running. Despite its great popularity and professional athletes, parkour hasn’t yet found a proper place in Iran. There are many problems in the way of this sport. The absence of proper clubs and bodies, as well as the lack of material and non-material support, are enough to discourage the parkourists. These obstacles, however, don’t hinder their activity: they continue to work with more motivation than ever. What follows are YJC’s photos of Iranian parkour athletes:

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Sultana Production; A 1,000-Year-Old Career in Iranian Village

These days, the roofs and yards of homes in the 1,000-year-old tourist village of Doolab (or as locals call it Doolaw or Boolaw) have turned gold as they are full of sultanas produced in old local vineyards. These raisins are produced with a very special and traditional method and in cooperation with all villagers. Fewer than 500 households live in the village, which has around 70 vineyards, producing nearly a hundred tonnes of grapes and hundreds of kilograms of sultanas, which are unique in the country. What has made these golden raisins unique is the method used to produce them, a method registered on the list of the National Intangible Heritage in 2015. The quality organic sultanas produced in Doolab are well known across Iran as a traditional method is used to produce them. Every year, all families are invited to take the grapes picked in the vineyards to the furnace. Then they boil the grapes in big pots during a special process. Afterwards, the grapes are taken to rooftops of houses and spread on the roofs to remain in the sun. The sultanas are ready for use after almost 10 days. The ceremony to produce sultanas in this region is a much-revered event attended by a host of families and friends.

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Iran in Photos: 70-Mullah Cemetery of Zahedan

The cemetery is located in Rups village of Mirjaveh in Sistan and Baluchestan province, south-eastern Iran. It is sited in the heart of a low sandstone mountain in the northern slopes of Taftan volcano. In the cemetery, there are strange-looking tombs with Iranian architecture. What follows are Mizan News Agency’s photos of the cemetery, which has been registered in the list of Iran’s National Heritage since May 2001:

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Iran’s Nature in Photos: Maranjab Desert

This desert is surrounded by Aran-o Bidgol Salt Lake in the north, Masileh desert and the salt lakes of Howz-e Sultan and Howz-e Mareh in the west, Band-e Rig desert and Kavir National Park in the east, and the city of Aran-o Bidgol in the south. The average altitude of Marnjab is about 850 metres above the sea level. Maranjab Desert blanketed by snow (PHOTOS) The desert area’s security, relatively mild weather, diverse attractions, diverse fauna and flora make it a suitable space for tourism and investment, and attracts many visitors. What follows are photos of Maranjab desert retrieved from the Young Journalists’ Club (YJC):

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Environmentalists Rescue Flamingos Caught in Salt in Northwestern Iran

Five years after the revival of Lake Urmia, its water level has risen to about 5 billion cubic metres in last spring. With the return of life to the salt lake, about 20,000 flamingos have also returned to its shores. However, a group of them were recently stuck in the salt and were unable to move due to the crystallization of salt on their bodies. What follows are IRNA’s photos of the flamingos rescued from the lake:

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