Our axis of evil holiday

Photo essay: People treated us with real warmth

by Seier
Our axis of evil holiday was mostly about architecture but inevitably a lot about people, food, traffic, politics...i.e. travel. We came out of isfahan in love with the city, the food, and the people - at least when they were not driving! we recommend Isfahan to everyone. It is an easy place to be a tourist and safe, apart for the traffic - something very disturbing happens when Iranians get behind the wheel. All the people we met were kind and a great many of them treated us with real warmth and interest - I have only ever experienced such hospitality once before, in Damascus. (Texas comes third).


Thank you for the pictures

by shamsi (not verified) on

Thank you for the pictures and your kind comments. I am glad you got to see the Beautiful Iran and her Beautiful people. Thanks again and see you back there soon.


Thank you for posting your

by farshid1337 on

Thank you for posting your pictures of my parents city where they live now, very nice, makes me wanting to go back and re-visit again this summer.


Nice Pictures ...but

by Akhmoo (not verified) on

I wish people didn't put the "descriptions" over the pictures. It can be put under the pictures so it doesn't reduce the beauty of pictures. Even Iranian TV stations in America do this!
They have a screen with the main film, then they have large channel logo and name on the lower left, a commercial ad on the lower right, the photographer's name on the upper right and a news-ticker board on the upper left, so there's 40% of screen left for the film itself!

Kaveh Nouraee

Beautiful Photos of Beautiful Architecture

by Kaveh Nouraee on

It's apparent that you have a very keen eye for detail, which you brought out in your photos.

Thank you for sharing.


Pictures 45 and 63

by Anonymouse on

Notice the shoes in picture 45 and my car's sister in picture 63 still running strong!  Excellent pictures, thank you for sharing them.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

So good to see non Iranians visiting our country and discovering the real Iranians beyond the political situation and distortions in the press. Hope that in the years to come there will be more such visits and in both ways.

Best to you,




by irannostalgia.com on

Thanks. Quite comprehensive. Since I'm not allowed to go, at least I get to see the pics. Sad too see these "names"  they`ve put on these historic sites.








Can't wait to go back

by Anonymous12345 (not verified) on

Damet Garm.....


Simply beautiful - Thank you very much!

by Ari (not verified) on

Thank you for these magnificent pictures. You are obviously a great photographer; these pictures really showed the architectural details of the mosques and the city. I could sense the calmness of sitting in the mosque and just watching all of the details through the lens of your camera.

You are very kind to share them with us. I am happy that you were greeted with the Persian hospitality that we all cherish.


Thanks for the comment on #6!!!

by Tahirih on

I loved your pictures, I have never been to Isfahan !!and probably never will . So this was wonderfull.Also I liked your comment about us!

Your family are beautiful too.




very beautiful family!

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on

very beautiful family!


Breath taking

by Fat boy fat (not verified) on

For once the commentary really did add meaning o the images. Simply beautiful. This man and his wife must be architects?

Nazy Kaviani

Very nice!

by Nazy Kaviani on

What a nice family, and how brave of them to take their beautiful baby along for the visit!This is a remarkable collection of photographs and comments about Isfahan, the likes of which are rare. It is so clear that it is an artist's view into the architectural gems that Isfahan architecture offers. On picture 41, he says:

“Imam Khomeini square as seen from the roof of the bazaar. This should give a sense of the size of the place. Guide books and guides alike will tell you that this is one of the largest squares in the world. I am sure that is one of the least interesting facts about the place.”

Now, here's someone who has seen the true essence of the place. Good for him and good for us to have a chance to see Isfahan again through his lens. Thank you for sharing.

Mona 19

Isfahan ...

by Mona 19 on

...one of the finest art cities in the world and rich in history...Many Thanks Dear Seier for sharing these wonderful pictures with us. 

Best,Mona :)


Great Picture

by shirazie (not verified) on

FYI - the builders of majority of these mosques were Immigrant / recruited Armenians.. Shah Abbas moved Architects and Builders from Armenia.

I could not figure out your nationality?

We enjoyed your pictures


Looking at the pic 71

by Abarmard on

It makes me sad to know that we are not making homes that are our identity. Look at the picutre 71 and imagine if the majority of our homes had identity of this home, which is Iranian origin. Now we just copy paste the homes, that are shapeless and don't represent us, our culture, and our history.

Thanks for these great pictures. I loved them all.