“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost...” - Erol Ozan
|(Hujjatul Islam Mosque in Tabriz)|
Day 11: Thursday,17 Mar 2016
Route: Tabriz - Tehran
Distance: 635 km
Hotel: Enghrlab Hotel, Tehran
Today we will spent time visiting the Tabriz Bazaar for shopping before we boarded the flight to Tehran.
|(A morning photo shot with the girls)|
|(The hotel ground was covered with thick snow)|
|(The park was well covered with snow too)|
|(The mamuts were caught in snow)|
|(The sight of Tabriz early in the morning)|
Bazaar of Tabriz
The Bazaar of Tabriz is a historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world and is one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
|(Juma Bazari, one of the many section of the bazaar)|
|(Looking out for the signage)|
|(Beware of the maze of small alleys)|
Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, the structure consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar for gold and jewelry, Mozzafarieh,a carpet bazaar, sorted by knot size and type, shoe bazaar, and many other ones for various goods such as household items. The most prosperous time of Tabriz and its bazaar was in the 16th century when the town became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom. The city lost its status as a capital in the 17th century, but its bazaar has remained important as a commercial and economic center and has remained the economic heart of both the city and northwestern Iran.
The bazaar was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010.
|(The bazaar was busy with local shoppers)|
|(Walking through a crowded small alley to look for goods)|
|(Goat milk and cheese on sale)|
|(Goat or sheep hoofs)|
|(Variety of dried herbs and spices)|
|(Beans and legumes on display)|
|(More shops on the main street)|
|(Steaming hot sweet potatoes)|
|(Beautifully decorated dome)|
|(The locals were preparing for Nowruz)|
|(Buying souvenirs of local handicrafts)|
|(The snow and blooming cherry blossom)|
Jameh Mosque of Tabriz
The Jāmeh Mosque is a large, congregational mosque in located in the Bazaar suburb of Tabriz next to the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz and the Constitutional House of Tabriz.
|(Performing our prayers at the mosque)|
|(Majestic entrance and minarets)|
|(The weather is freezing cold)|
|(Another photo at the courtyard)|
|(The ablution water is frozen into ice)|
|(Decorated dome of the mosque)|
|(Brick wall and roof of the mosque)|
|(The main prayer hall)|
|(Stones from Karbala for prayers)|
|(Tinted glass windows in the mosque)|
|(The signage to the mosque)|
|(The sky was clear and sunny)|
Lunch was at the same restaurant near the University.
The Air Iran flight IR 442 TBZ / THR supposed to depart at 6.20 pm was delayed to midnight. We were provided with snacks and packed dinner while waiting at the departure hall. We arrived at the hotel Tehran around 3.30 am.
|(It was still snowing in town)|
|(Lunch at the same restaurant)|
|(Statue of a mountaineer on the mountain top)|
|(The drying river bed)|
|(Tabriz International Airport)|
|(At the departure hall, confirmed flight delay)|
|(Packed dinner for the passengers)|