White Rose Reader: Close Up on Iran, 25.11.13

Photography for White Rose Reader

“Iran’s terrifying reputation and wildly inaccurate media stereotypes mask what must be one of the friendliest and safest hidden gems in all of Asia. From magnificent mosques to bustling bazaars, the Islamic Republic is home to a sophisticated culture and rich history, all showcased with a famously heartfelt level of hospitality.”

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The medieval Takyeh Amir Chakhmagh Mosque is a popular gathering point in warm evenings in Yazd.

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 Whilst headscarves are compulsory, women can lead independent lives and, in fact, there are more women than men at University in Iran.

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With little in the way of public entertainment permitted under Islamic rule – hence, a giant game of Snakes and Ladders attracts a crowd near Siosepol Bridge in Esfahan.

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A man rests between prayers at the Jameh Mosque in Esfahan.

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The 12-century Jameh Mosque lies at the heart of the desert town of Yazd.