I once visited a castle in Canada. Or what was supposed to be a castle. It was an industrial entrepreneur’s family home in Victoria on Vancouver island, vaguely immitating the style of a Scottish castle. Even though it was built in the 19th century, it rather looked like made of plastic. And yet, while lacking any historic relevance, it was made a museum. The Canadian friend who was with us back then was in awe. We Europeans shook our heads. No offence, Canadians… Why am I telling the story? I’m doing so because Iran is completely the opposite. A lot of buildings date back hundreds if not thousands of years ago. Mosques, bazars and palaces look majestic and yet they serve their purpose even today (except for the palaces, that retired after the Iranian revolution…). Iran is breathing history, a fact that reflects in people’s attititudes, their behaviour and their thinking, and also in the way they treat architecture.
And while I would have to include so many more significant buildings in this series, I would like to keep it short and show you only some highlights. Enjoy:
And now, at last, the unexpected:
I hope you enjoy the Iranian architecture as much as I did…