Daily life in colourful Iran, Part 2

As Iran begins to open its doors to tourism, Hong Kong Free Press revisits the country’s markets, villages and landmarks. 

See also: Part 1 – The incredible architecture of Iran.

A park in Tehran

A park in Tehran.

Esfahan bazaar

Spices for sale at Esfahan bazaar.

Lotfollah Mosque

Esfahan’s intricate Lotfollah Mosque.


Sand dunes near Toudeshk.

Esfahan - Jameh Mosque

Detail at Esfahan’s Jameh Mosque.


The ancient abandoned cave houses in the village of Kharanaq.


Items for sale at Esfahan bazaar.

Esfahan's Chehel Sotoun Palace

Esfahan’s Chehel Sotoun Palace.

Esfahan's Jameh Mosque

Esfahan’s Jameh Mosque.

The Siosepol Bridge

The famous Siosepol Bridge in Esfahan.

 Vank Cathedral

Esfahan’s Vank Cathedral


A woman bakes bread in the rural desert village of Toudeshk.

yazd Khomeini

Imam Khomeini and Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei adorn a mosque in Yazd.

us consulate tehran

A mural outside the former-US consulate in Tehran.

Meybod carpet

A woman weaving a carpet in Meybod.


Nash-E Rajab, Persepolis.

The tomb of popular Iranian poet Hafez in Shiraz.

yazd market

A bazaar in the conservative desert town of Yazd.

Yazd Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence near Yazd.

Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque

Sunrise at Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz.

Azadi Tower tehran

The iconic Azadi Tower in Tehran.

 Jameh Mosque in Yazd

Jameh Mosque in Yazd.

 US consulate emblem tehran

A defaced US seal outside the former embassy in Tehran.

mosaic work yazd

Mohammad Jarad works to restore mosaics at a mosque in Yazd.

Zurkhaneh Gym

A traditional men’s Zurkhaneh Gym in Yazd.

mosque prayer

A prayer mat at a mosque in Yazd.


A rooftop view of Yazd, including windcatchers and the Jameh Mosque.


Persepolis heritage site, near Shiraz.

Graves of martyrs

Graves of martyrs from the Iran-Iraq war.

Tehran's Golestan Palace

Tehran’s Golestan Palace.

nose job iran

Iran – the official “nose job” capital of the world.

See also: Part 1 – The incredible architecture of Iran.