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Before leaving Yazd, we stopped to visit the Zotoastrian Fire Temple, a pilgrimage site for former and today's Z oroastrians, of whom many used to live especially in the region around Yazd before Islam came took over as the main religion in Iran. For Zoroastrians fire as source of light represents a connection to god. The flame in Yazd's fire temple is supposed to burn since 470 AD.

We drove south and followed the road crossing the Zagros mountains to Shiraz.
About 60 km north of Shiraz we visited the rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam as well as the well-known ancient ruins of Persepolis. There we immediately found ourselves in the middle of many other tourists, again. Furthermore we did meet Anje und Izaak again. It's a small world!

Zagros mountains
Naqsh-e Rostam rock tombs
Persepolis
Persepolis
Persepolis
Hafez mausoleum in Shiraz
Group photo with some Iranian students
Cypress trees in Eram gardens in Shiraz
Eram gardens in Shiraz
Eram gardens in Shira
Eram gardens in Shiraz
Horse on a pickup

The following day we moved to Shiraz – the „Garden of the orient“, as it is called. We went to the mausoleum of the famous Iranian pet and national hero Hafez with its neat and tidy garden. After that we did go to see the Eram gardens, which unfortunately looked pretty autumnally already and whose water installation were not operating any more. Only the high cypress trees as well as some evergreen bushes were (still) green. Many students spend their time here and we often have been asked for a photo together with some locals. Unfortunately even the younger folks did not speak any word in English and that is why small talk with the locals was rare to none.

After another 600 km we arrived in a city of Esfahan.
In one morning we walked through the wide-spread bazaar with its sheltered alleys before we made our way to the famous Imam square with its green areas, fountains and shops and stands.
After seeing the neighbouring Sheikh Lotfollah mosque with its complex mosaics as well as the Imam mosque with its typically bluey tooled symmetric arches we walked through a little park before we arrived at the Zayandeh river where we did spent some time chilling like lots of Iranians on the Si-o-Seh bridge and enjoyed the sun.

View over Esfahan
Bazaar in Esfahan
Imam square in Esfahan
Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan
Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan
Imam mosque in Esfahan
Imam square in Esfahan
Si-o-seh bridge in Esfahan
Si-o-seh bridge in Esfahan

Soon we would travel towards Teheran, the capital of Iran, before getting a look at Mount Damavand with its mentionable height of 5671 metres. Unfortunately due to winter season climbing the peak is not possible now. Much to m chagrin, not so much to Nadine's.../p>