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May 29, 2012 - Mashad

Wiki Info Mashhad 5- 29 Still in Esfahan: First we visited Jame' Mosque, oldest in Esfahan and largest in Iran. Next, to the Armenian church/museum which had on display - besides much about their history (including details of Turkish genocide of 1909-1st in 20th century w/ 1+ million murdered), -the tiniest book in the world - Lord's Prayer in 7 languages plus the 1st psalm printed on a human hair with a diamond point 20 x smaller than the hair! Our last tour visit here was the singularly unimpressive shaking minaret of mausoleum of Amu...

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May 9, 2006 - Mashad

Estos dos dias en Mashad han sido mucho mejor que lo que en principio pintaban. Me han servido de aclimatacion para la que me espera en Asia Centralistan ya que por aqui no hay turistas extranjeros (mucho peregrino del pais, eso si!) y es complicadillo entenderse con la gente. Ha sido un pequeño reto teniendo en cuenta que en farsi solo se contar hasta 10 y eso ayudandome con los dedos... En Mashad he disfrutado del mejor festin gastronomico de toda mi estancia en Iran. Me ha invitado un irani nacionalizado suizo que se hospeda en mi mismo...

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May 8, 2006 - Mashad

DIA 7 DE MAYO POR LA TARDE Llegada a Mashad desde Yazd en vuelo Iran Air con avion Tupolev Tu-154 de esos de la antigua Union Sovietica. Virgen Maria Santisima! Pense cuando entre en el avion. Los letreros todavia en ruso aunque han puesto pegatinas en farsi encima de algunos de ellos. Y no debo ser la unica que tiene negros temores porque, segun despegamos, veo a mi alrededor a la gente rezando!!! Esto no me tranquiliza nada. Me vienen a la memoria las bromitas de los españoles ceramiqueros ayer en la cena cuando me decian que como me...

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Jul 1, 2005 - Mashhad, IRAN

From Ashgabat the road travelled up through the Kopetdag mountains (Guldan pass) at 5000 metres to the border. We cleared customs and immigration and took a short bus ride to the Iranian border. The border had been closed from 1939 until 1991 when a new road was then put through. Once through the border there was no-one to meet us so we took the bus down to the nearby village and waited at the (small) terminal. After 90 mins we tried to contact Iran Doostan in Tehran but no response so hired a driver for USD25 for the 3 hr drive to Mashhad....

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Jun 7, 2005 - Mashad, la ciudad sagrada...

Si vais a Roma no entrais a ver San Pedro? Pues yo, que para algo estaba en Iran, fui a los dos sitios mas sagrados de los musulmanes en este pais, la Mezquita del Imam, en la plaza central de Isfahan y al mausoleo de Imam Reza, en Mashad. Pero no fui como visitante, para que? Fui como participante, practicamente, a ambos sagrados lugares. Decidi ir el viernes, como sabeis el dia de fiesta y rezo mas importante de la semana para los musulmanes, a visitar la mezquita del Imam. Una mezquita grandiosa, sublime, con los mas preciosos y...

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Mar 24, 2005 - Jumping fires for No Ruz luck

Of all the many popular misconceptions about Iran, the idea that Iranians are Arabs is the one I hear corrected most often. 'Everyone thinks we are Arabs, but we are not. We are Persians,' is a commonly heard refrain. One of the many differences between Iranians and Arabs is the calendar. Iran follows the Persian calendar, not the Muslim lunar calendar. The Iranian new year, known as No Ruz, begins with the first day of spring - about March 21. No Ruz is like the Christmas/New Year period in the West and Iranians take it very seriously....

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Jul 29, 2004 - Mashhad (the holy city) and Tus (Ferdowsi's home)

Mashhad is the holiest city in Shiite Iran. The shrine of Imam Reza (the 8th of the 12 Imams, and the only one buried in Iran) and the adjoining mosque are at the centre of town with roads like spokes radiating outward. The 9th century shrine was damaged by the Mongols in the 12th century, but in the 15th century the site gained more splendor than the original with extensive restoration and building. It is clear that this site has received the lavish attention of kings for centuries. The gold and tilework are astounding. Security is tight....

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