"Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it..." - Ram Dass
|(Kashan historical sites)|
Day 08: Monday, 14 Mar 2016
Route: Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran
Distance: 450 km
Hotel: Enghelab Hotel, Tehran
Today we travelled by bus from Isfahan to Tehran stopping at a few tourist attractions along the way.
|A poster of the ruler, seen everywhere)|
Fin Garden, Kashan
Fin Garden is located in Kashan. It is a historical Persian garden. It contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor, was murdered by an assassin sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852. The Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in Iran.
|(The garden is surrounded by high brick wall)|
|(The garden dated to the early Safavid era)|
|(The water originates from the Karkas mountains)|
|(The original design was a bath house)|
|(Water is from underground aquaduct called ganat)|
|(Having refreshments at the garden restaurant)|
|(Qajar house with a huge pool)|
|(Intricate designs of the dome)|
|(A large quadrangle of trees and shrubs)|
The origins of the garden may be anterior to the Safavid period; some sources indicate that the garden has been relocated from another place, but no clear picture of it has been found.
The garden subsequently suffered from neglect and was damaged several times until, in 1935, it was listed as a national property of Iran. Unesco declared the garden a World Heritage Site in 2012.
|(Water channels lined with blue tiles)|
|(Rows of cyprus and plane trees and other trees as well)|
Borujerdi Historical House
The Borujerdi House is a historic house in Kashan. The house was built for the bride of Haji Mehdi Borujerdi, a wealthy merchant. The bride came from the affluent Tabatabaei family, for whom Ali Maryam had built the Tabatabaei House some years earlier.
|(A historical site in Kashan)|
|(The house was built in 1857)|
|(Aqa Bozorg Mosque in the vicinity)|
|(A poster on the wall)|
It consists of a rectangular beautiful courtyard, delightful wall paintings by the royal painter and three 40 meter tall wind towers which help cool the house. It has 3 entrances, and all the classic signatures of traditional Persian residential architecture, such as biruni and daruni. The house took eighteen years to build using 150 craftsmen.
|(A house built by an architect for his bride)|
|(A house filled with delightful wall paintings)|
|(Intricate plaster designs for the windows)|
|(Entrances with classic signature architecture)|
|(Windows to the reception room)|
|(Another reception room)|
|(One of the intricate designs on the pillar)|
|( Entrance to the roof)|
|(Colorful tinted windows)|
|(Reception room for winter)|
|(The huge courtyard with water fountains)|
|(A house for a wealthy merchant and his bride from the Tabatabaei family)|
|(The most beautiful historical house in Asia)|
|(Souvenir and perfume shops)|
We reached Tehran at nightfall thronging the massive traffic jam and reached our hotel quite late.
|(Slow moving traffic at the tol plaza entering Tehran)|