Baq-e Shahzadeh garden wall,
Mahan, Kerman - 19th century
If I was in Iran right now and thinking about going on a trip, I'd probably pack up and go to Yazd or its twin sister, Kerman (see map).
The region's architecture has a charming modesty and simplicity that is missing in the magnificent, almost perfect, monuments of Isfahan.
The desert-colored structures in Kerman are anything but imposing. They eminate unpretentious beauty and generate a good deal of unconditional warmth.
And these are just impressions from years of looking at pictures of this quiet southeast region. Recently my interest was renewed when I saw "Kerman" -- a collection of photographs by Batoul Izadpanah published by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Office of Kerman Province (1993). Click on titles below to see sample images.
the city by the mountain
Vakil bath house
Chahr Sough great dome, Kerman main bazaar
Domes of Moshtaqiyeh mosque
Mirrored mosque interior
Zoroatrian priests performing Sadeh ceremony
A "Zour-khaneh", or traditional gym
A Sassanid fort overlooking Kerman
Ancient Bam citadel
The National Library: 1) Snow-sovered, tree-lined walkway , 2) Entrace gate
Iran-Iraq War: 1) The Martyrs' , 2) A statue
Wind towers above a water reservoir
Baq-e Shahzadeh garden: 1) Entrance arch , 2)Entrance structure , 3) Fountains, residence , 4) Wall decoration 5) Ducks
Fruits and nuts: 1) Fresh pistachios , 2)Citrus fruit
replaced bu stubbornness
British scientist's observations from a visit to Kerman in 1950