Looking Up in Iran

IranUp (1 of 27)As some of you know I am mostly housebound for a few weeks as I broke a bone in my foot and I have to give it a chance to heal. Given last year’s injury, I am now the self-proclaimed “queen of the broken bones” though I am really hoping to pass that mantel to someone else, not that I would want any of you to be the taker.

But enough self-pity, as I was editing my images for my previous blog post on Iran (Welcome to Iran…), I noticed that I had numerous images taken from the ground looking up. In retrospect, this is not hugely surprising as the ceilings of some of the buildings In Iran are magnificent– the tiles, the colors, the shapes, the geometry, one just cannot stop looking up. And it is the case not only for the mosques but for an array of other buildings like bazaars, windcatchers, caravanserais,…

Though this is not the kind of photography I usually post, since I have a little more time in my hands, I decided to share them with you. Think of this as a bonus post! If this is not something that is of interest to you, stay tuned as the next post will be (mostly) about beautiful Esfahan.

But from now on I will make sure to look up wherever I go (and down and right and left so as to ensure no more broken bones).

Enjoy,

France

Bazaar, Kerman

Bazaar, Kerman

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz

Jameh Mosque, Esfahan

Jameh Mosque, Esfahan

Hafez Mausoleum, Shiraz

Hafez Mausoleum, Shiraz

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz

Qanat, an underground water system

Qanat, an underground water system

Mausoleum of Shah Cheragh, Shiraz

Mausoleum of Shah Cheragh, Shiraz

Caravanserai, Meybod

Caravanserai, Meybod

Windcatcher in the Dola Abat Garden, Yazd

Windcatcher in the Dola Abat Garden, Yazd

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan

Sheik Lotfallah Mosque, Esfahan

Sheik Lotfallah Mosque, Esfahan

Mausoleum of Shah Cheragh, Shiraz

Mausoleum of Shah Cheragh, Shiraz

Imam Mosque, Esfahan

Imam Mosque, Esfahan

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfehan

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfehan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Jameh Mosque, Natanz

Jameh Mosque, Natanz

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfahan

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfahan

Jameh Mosque, Natanz

Jameh Mosque, Natanz

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfahan

Ali Qapu Palace, Esfahan

Garden of Fin, Kashan

Garden of Fin, Kashan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Old Jameh Mosque, Tehran

Old Jameh Mosque, Tehran

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Borujerdi House, Kashan

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan Esfahan

Chehel Sotun Palace, Esfahan

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11 Comments

  1. Peter Sheppard April 24, 2016 at 16:48 #

    Wonderful photos !!
    Wonderful memories.
    [Just in case of interest while waiting for dem bones to mend, some much more amateur shots, e.g. Isfahan:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/peteshep/albums/72157625495320685
    Peter Shep NZ
    https://flickr.com/peteshep/sets

    • franceleclerc April 25, 2016 at 09:24 #

      Thanks Peter. Nice images. I believe you had sent me this link already. France

  2. Kathy Hornsby April 24, 2016 at 17:04 #

    What a variety of styles, both intricate and boldly graphic! Very enjoyable.

    • franceleclerc April 25, 2016 at 09:27 #

      Thanks Kathy. Lots of beautiful things to see in Iran. France

  3. Julie Manley April 24, 2016 at 19:46 #

    These images are so beautiful, I’m not surprised you spent a great deal of time looking up. The geometry is breathtaking, and I think there is also meaning in the patterns.

    • franceleclerc April 25, 2016 at 09:33 #

      Thank you Julie. These ceilings are indeed amazing. The level of craftsmanship and artistry is beyond words. I am sure you are right about the patterns having meaning. I wish I knew more. Thanks for caring about my small injury. I ‘ll recover. Warmly, France

  4. Julie Manley April 24, 2016 at 19:53 #

    PS, good luck with your foot.

  5. Barbara Sheridan April 25, 2016 at 18:13 #

    Fantastic work, France. Yikes, the foot is not good! I am so sorry to hear that. If anyone knows about injured feet, it is me; and it is debilitating to say the least. The photos remind me of all the Mandalas I have been drawing and coloring….while my ankle and foot heals! Hope to see you next time in LJ.

    • franceleclerc April 26, 2016 at 11:11 #

      Thanks Barbara. Yes I remember that you suffered from a foot injury for a very long time. I hope you have fully recovered from it. As for my injury, it is hard to tell at this point, I think I am slowly healing but who knows. I am sure your Mandalas are beautiful. Warmly, France

  6. Biju Dominic April 26, 2016 at 07:07 #

    Wow, it is really beautiful. Thanks France for giving us an opportunity to see this.

    • franceleclerc April 26, 2016 at 11:13 #

      Thanks Biju. I am glad you are enjoying these as much I am. All the best, France

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