|Final Statistics: Alex & Maz||Total distance: 93,550km|
|Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ||Now settled in Sydney, Australia|
|Final Statistics: Martin||Total distance: 79,698km|
|Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia||Now settled in Bristol, UK|
|Arrive:||Tue 1st Nov 05||Depart:||Tue 22nd Nov 05|
|Weekend:||Thu/Fri||Time Zone:||GMT +3:30|
|Int. dial code:||+98||Language:||Farsi (Persian), Turkic languages, Kurdish|
|Visa Required:||Yes||Religion:||Shiá Muslim, Christian|
|Side of road:||Right||Best time to visit:||Apr-Jun or Sept-Nov|
|Diesel Price:||US$ 0.02||Activities:||Sightseeing, Mountains, Ancient Ruins, Mosques|
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Diary Entry: 1st-6th Nov 2005 - To boldly go...
Diary Entry: 7th-12th Nov 2005 - Iran, the land of snow and ice but no teaspoons
Diary Entry: 12th-17th Nov 2005 - Rain Rain Go Away
Diary Entry: 17th-22nd Nov 2005 - Curses for international time zones!
Photo Album for Iran
Country Highlights En Route
This 2500 years old city served as Persia's capital from 1598 to 1722 and was a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, and therefore was a kaleidoscope of resident languages, religions, and customs. This city is renowned not only for the abundance of great historical monuments, but also for its Life-Giving River, The Zayandeh-Rood, which has given the city an original beauty and a fertile land. Esfahan is filled with old gardens and some of the best sights in Iran.
The well-preserved ziggurat, or pyramid, at Choqa Zanbil, is by far the best preserved and most dramatic example of Elamite architecture. It was built at Dur Untashi, a city near Susa, by Untash-gal, King of Elam, circa 1250 BC. The ziggurat, which served as both a temple and a tomb, comprised five towers of varying heights, each uniquely constructed one inside the other.
One of the most awe-inspiring monuments of the ancient world, Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenian empire. It was built during the reign of Darius I, known as Darius the Great (522-485 BC), and developed further by successive kings. At the head of the ceremonial staircase leading to the terrace is the Gateway of All Nations, built by Xerxes I and guarded by two colossal bull-like figures.
Site of the most famous royal proclamation carved by Darius I on the great cliff known as "Mountain of the Gods" which celebrates various of his victories including his defeat over Gaumata, pretender to the throne.
Kerman and Mahan
A desert town, Kerman is home to the colourful Vakil (Regent's) Bazaar which houses a picturesque subterranean teahouse and 17th century bath house museum. The town also has a fine mosque, the 14th century Masjed-é Jame', or Friday Mosque.
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|Comment from Klaus and Maja|
|wish you safe journey|
|14 Nov 2005 @ 16:26:24|