Persian Poetry

Classical Persian poetry is always rhymed. The principal verse forms are the Qasideh, Masnavi, Qazal and Ruba’i. The Qasida or ode is a long poem in monorhyme, usually of a panegyric, didactic or religious nature; the masnavi, written in rhyming couplets, is employed for heroic, romantic, or narrative verse; the ghazal (ode or lyric) is […]

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Cinema of Iran

It is claimed that the Cinema of Iran began with a film of the coronation of king Muzaffar al-Din Shah in 1896 photographed by Rusi Khan. However there is no evidence to substantiate the claim. But it is certain that Shah during his visit to Paris in 1900 saw moving pictures, liked them, ordered his […]

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Culture of Iran

The culture of Iran is a mix of ancient pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures one and is one of the most influential cultures in the middle east, central Asia and the whole world. Iran is considered as one of the cradles of civilization, and due to its dominant geo-political position and rich history in the world, […]

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History of Iran

Archaeological evidences and modern researches in history of Iran show that from 100,000 B.C., various ethnic groups with similar cultures lived on the Iranian Plateau. But very little has been known about these cultures until the Aryan migration about 90,000 years later. Nonetheless, archaeological discoveries have shown that the people, who lived in that area […]

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Religions in Iran

Most Iranians are Muslims. Around 89% belong to Shi’a branch of Islam, the official state religion, and about 9% belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. The remaining 2% are non-Muslim religious minorities, including Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Mandeans, Hindus, and Yarsanis . The first three minority religions in Iran are officially recognized and protected, and […]

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Iranian Art & Handicrafts

Persian art or Iranian art has one of the richest art heritages in world history and has been strong in many media including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and sculpture. At different times, influences from the art of neighbouring civilizations have been very important, and latterly Persian art gave and received major influences as part of the […]

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Persian Cuisine

Cuisine of Iran  is one of the world’s finest. The foundation of most Persian dishes is rice, meat, and salad, often served with a side of fresh herbs, cheese and yogurt. While traveling to Iran, you will be welcomed by a wide range of delicious delights including some of the most popular Iranian dishes such as […]

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Iran Climate

Iran can be divided to, at least, four different climate zones. The Climate of the Western and southwestern areas can be classified as BWh Climate; a hot, dry desert climate with annual average temperatures above 18°C. a small zone between the Persian Gulf the Turkish Border in the mid of Iran can be classified as […]

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Wildlife of Iran

Iran’s wildlife is composed of several animal species including bears, gazelles, wild pigs, wolves, jackals, panthers, Eurasian lynx, and foxes. Other domestic animals include  sheep, goats, cattle, horses, water buffalo, donkeys, and camels. The pheasant, partridge, stork, eagles and falcon are also native to Iran.   Today our planet’s animal and plant species are under […]

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Iranian Currency | Rial (IRR)

Iranian Rial (ISO 4217 code IRR) is the currency of Iran. Rial is subdivided into 100 dinar but because of the very low current value of the Rial, no fraction of the Rial is used in accounting. There is no official symbol for this currency but the Iranian standard ISIRI 820 defined a symbol for […]

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