The country of Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations. Located in the Middle East, the proud culture of people living there once occupied a larger area than its current borders would lead you to believe. Known as Greater Iran, these lands once stretched all the way from China to Turkey.
The region is known for its importance in the development of modern society. Though scientists debate over when humans started to develop independently in different continents around the world, the presence of humans in the region dates back to between 200,000 and 800,000 B.C.E. Because of their location, the customs of the people in this area had a meaningful impact on the cultures located in Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as the rest of the Middle East. This was the birthplace of great cultures like the Mesopotamians and Persians.
To this day, the region’s cultural influences are still strong in modern society. Some of the oldest organized schools come from what was once Mesopotamia, as do some of the oldest collections of script in what we would deem to be libraries. The area is also known for its unique take on architecture, which has influenced that of both Eastern and Western styles. Seen in the pictures below is what still stands today of the region’s rich heritage in design, architecture, and art. Just look at how beautiful these old buildings are:
This beautiful design is from the Hazrate Masomeh mosque in Qom, Iran.
Located in Esfahan, Iran, this 400-year-old design is part of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.
Also found in Qom, Iran is the Hazrate Masomeh mosque.
At over 900 years old, the Jameh Mosque of Esfahan, Iran remains absolutely stunning.
This beautiful piece is actually a part of the Chahar Bagh school located in Esfahan, Iran.
The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque that is also in Esfahan, Iran. Staring at its ceiling is almost like looking at the stars.
The Palace of Shah Abbas Safavi, Iran. It has stood like this for over 400 years.
This eye-catching piece of architecture can be found in Shiraz, Iran in the Shahe Cheragh mosque.
The famed Hafez’s tomb in Shiraz, Iran.
The Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque in Esfahan, Iran.
Also seen in Esfahan is Chehel Soton palace.
A stunning collision of dark and light shades in the Shahe Cheragh mosque in Shiraz, Iran.
This massive design has stood for over 900 years and is part of the Jameh Mosque in Esfahan, Iran.
For over 400 years, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan, Iran has sported this lovely aesthetic.
The Hazrate Masomeh mosque in Qom, Iran.
Located in another part of the Hazrate Masomeh mosque is this incredible work of art.
The beautiful combination of colors seen below is part of the Shah mosque in Esfahan, Iran.
Also found in Esfahan, Iran is Jameh Mosque. This is one of the oldest mosques still standing in Iran and its origins date back all the way to the 8th century.
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