Iran - Submissions

Theoretically crippled by financial economic sanctions, Iran is a country of which there isn't much I can say. Never been there, don't know the culture, so the best thing might be to say nothing about the country itself and focus on the matter at hand. In the southwest lies the Masjid-i-Sulaiman oil field, one of the largest in the world. In 1901, to fund the shas' travels, the right of exploitation were given to the predecessor of British Petroleum (the British, Russians and the French were quite active in the middle-east. Persia was divided between the British and the Russians by an agreement signed on August 31, 1907). 28 Years before that, in 1873, the "costly, flamboyant, and corrupt" Persian court had already sold the rights on exploitation of the mineral resources, forrests (yes, they are there) and railway-stuff for a period of 70 years to one British mister Reuters (yes, indeed the founder of the press agency), [1].

Impression of Iran

A scenic road side toilet in Iran, picture taken on 3 April 2014.

Ardakan

Slightly perched to the North-West of Yazd lies the capital of this scenic glass/tile making area. A 2006 census counted around 16.000 people living there. That's all the English Wikipedia has to say about it. The Persian versian is more elaborate stating that 650 years ago, there were more than 50.000 people living there (but how reliable is this number?). There are some mines in the area: steel, uranium, and the silica sand is of a good quality, which explains the rampant ceramics industry. Pistachios are even more important than tiles and that sort of stuff.

Roundabout in Ardakan, Iran

A roundabout in Ardakan, Iran. Picture taken by Jan-Willem on 3 April 2014.

I have absolutely no clue where it exactly is and it wouldn't even matter because all the names are in Farsi, a language I don't speak. However, looking at Ardakan from outer space, it's remarkable that there are quite a few roundabouts in this city. On the one hand it's a good thing that they get increasingly popular, but on the other hand we must be careful that roundabouts don't get to common (since everything that is very popular in fact isn't popular, like flippo's or saving the environment, or every program about searching gold or buying storage units on Discovery chanel (it's all fake; stabbed-through card!)).

Nice roundabout: Nice fountain in the middle, nicely coloured fence, clean streets, clean cars: excellent.

Teheran

The capital, visited in 2012 by Winfried. It was this city that had the honour of receiving my colleague (the same colleague that is going to get his ass handed over to him after a game of badminton this Wednesday) on his bussiness trip. During my Russian course, there was a guy who was working as a civil engineer (building a large harbor somewhere) near Teheran? But Teheran is near the Caspion sea and I don't think you want to invest in a major port for such a small water. Anyway, he was often talking about how he went skiing in the morning (in the mountains) and that in the afternoon he was lying in the sun near the pool/on the beach. But let's look at some of Winfried's pictures:

Impression of Yazd, Iran

Impression of Yazd, Iran. Picture taken by Winfried on 7 March 2012.

Yazd is one of the older Iranian cities in the world (and Iran). Besides that, it's also one of the dryest city in the country. What else can you say about it?

Roundabout Teheran, Iran

Roundabout at the gates of Teheran, Iran. Picture taken out of a moving vehicle by Winfried 6 March 2012.

Roundabout Teheran, Iran

Roundabout at the gates of Teheran, Iran. Picture taken out of a moving vehicle by Winfried 6 March 2012.

I really like the way this roundabout looks. It mimics the theme of the one in Schuttorf (Germany) with the changing colours. The structure on the central island symbollicaly represents the gate to Teheran. This piece of art was build in 1971 to celebrate the 2500th birthday of the Persian empire (give or take a few years, because let's be honest, when is a country a country?) and it's at this moment in time known as the Azadi tower. It's prominently located on the western approach or exit of the city.
One point of criticism: it is yet unknown if it actually is a roundabout or a square. There is no clear sign telling that it is a roundabout like we have it here, but appareantly it's one way traffic flanking over the right side. That's why it gets the benefit of the doubt (the happy colours also help). Looking at some pictures elsewhere on the web, I must conclude that the structure looks better at night than during the day.

Literature

  1. A. Pagden; "Worlds at war"; 2009.

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