“It is the adventure and uncertainties of the journey that makes life so beautiful and interesting...” - Debasish Mridha
|(Beautiful mosaic patterns adorning the dome)|
Day 12: Friday, 18 Mar 2016
Tehran city tour
Hotel: Enghrlab Hotel, Tehran
Tonight 36 from the group would be flying back to KL. Sixteen of us will stay back for another two days because of over-booking. Today we had time for a half-day visit around town and a last minute shopping for those who need to fly back tonight.
|(A massive traffic jam on the main road)|
|(Waiting in line to visit Golestan Palace)|
|(A banner of Ayatollah Khomeini)|
Golestan Palace, Tehran
The Golestan Palace, literally the Roseland Palace, is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, and of world heritage status, the Golestan Palace belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic citadel.
Golestan Palace Complex consists of 17 structures including palaces, museums, and halls. Almost all of this complex was built during the 200 years ruling of Qajarian kings. These palaces were used for many different occasions such as coronation and other important celebrations.
|(The entrance to Golestan Palace)|
|(A masterpiece of the Qajar era)|
|(Persian crafts and architecture with western influence)|
|(The complex consists of eight key palace structures)|
|(Motifs and styles combined into Persian arts)|
|(Mosaic tiles covering the roof of the dome)|
|(The most complete representation of Qajari artistic)|
|(The many attractions of Golestan Palace)|
|(A group photo in front of the palace museum)|
|(With a fellow traveler)|
|(With our local guide, Mohamad)|
|(A lazy stroll along the corridor)|
|(Completing the museum visit)|
|(Vibrant colored murals)|
|(Paisley murals on the wall)|
|(Murals with a story behind each)|
|(The wall surrounding the palace)|
|(More mosaic works on the wall)|
|(Another building with interesting structures)|
|(Residential areas on the upper floor)|
|(An entrance with an antique door)|
|(The garden of the palace)|
|(Another building, another history)|
|(Exiting the palace grounds)|
|(Colorful blooming flowers at the garden)|
Grand Bazaar, Tehran
The Grand Bazaar is an old historical market in Tehran.
Located at the Arg Square in Southern Tehran, it is split into several corridors over 10 km in length, each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances, with the main being the entrance of Sabze Meydan. In addition to shops, the Grand Bazaar of Tehran has contained banks, mosques and guest houses.
The rest of the afternoon were spent resting in the room until dinner time at a fast food restaurant a walking distance away from our hotel.
|(The busy crowded entrance of the bazaar)|
|(Another entry to the bazaar and a mosque)|
|(A street performer singing to his audience)|