There are things one does with a great deal of planning. And then there are those that one just does. Seemingly for no apparent reason.
Visiting Firouzabad and Ardeshir Palace was one of those things that I did without knowing exactly why. I mean beyond the usual curiosity about history, homeland, etc. Taking so many detailed photos of the place was definitely completely unplanned. I don’t know why, but I took a photo of just about any aspect of the palace. I was drawn to it. The same held for Sasan Palace in Sarvestan, but all those photos were destroyed in my computer crash.
Anyway, a few years later, I sat down, examined the photos, and tried to learn about the old palace. Something amazing came out of it. I had always been curious about domes and their place in our architecture. I never quite knew where/how they showed up in our buildings, but somehow associated them with mosques and Islamic architecture.
It turned out that domes were very much Iranian. The starting place of domes in Iranian architecture was the same Ardeshir Palace that I had taken so many photos of! Imagine! I never knew about this. Anyway, I thought about what to do with it, and finally decided to make a report on it. You can find it at: