Iran

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2014 - 286 pages
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Known as the jewel of Central Asia, Iran's cities are packed with gilded mosques and blue-mosaic shrines built in honour of the country's greatest leaders. Its people are generous and its terrain ranges from the sands of the Persian Gulf to the Alburz Mountains in the north. The expert authors give first-hand descriptions of attractions ranging from the exquisite mosques of Isfahan and the museums and palaces of Tehran to remote, spectacular mountain hikes. New maps and up-to-date information on all the basics - hotels, restaurants, businesses and shops - help you to uncover the mysteries of ancient Persepolis, to enjoy a soak and scrub in a local hamam, or to pick up a pair of giveh slippers or a Persian rug in Kirman's bazaar.

 

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Contents

Background information
3
Practical information
31
The guide
71
Tehran and the Road South
73
West of Tehran Qazvin and Hamadan
91
From Kashan to Esfahan
109
Iran in colour ii
134
The Caspian Region
139
The South Coast
205
En route to Yazd and Kerman
229
To Mashhad and beyond
251
Language
271
Glossary
273
Further information
276
Index
280
Tehran metro map
286

Iranian Azerbaijan
157
Shiraz and around
175
Persepolis and the surrounding area
195
Back cover
288
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About the author (2014)

Patricia Baker was an independent lecturer and researcher specializing in Islamic art. She first visited Iran in 1971 and subsequently went back numerous times. Hilary Smith is an independent lecturer focusing particularly on the cultural history of central Asia.

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