Il leone e il toro e l’astronomia a Persepolis - Il combattimento tra leone e toro è un tema ricorrente tra le sculture e i bassorilievi di epoca achemenide, ancora oggi visibili nella loro capitale Persepolis. Alcuni esperti interpretano il suo significato in termini astronomici, come il cambiamento stagionale all’epoca dell’equinozio invernale:
Jewelry and cult - For thousands of years the jewelry in Central Asia was inseparable from rites and cult practices.
The dome, a persian inheritance - The dome has been vital to the development of Persia’s great architectural achievements, as well as to world future architecture.
The symbolic geometry of persian gardens - The symbol of the digit 4, representing the four sacred elements, fire, air, water and land, has very old origins.
The Gate of All Lands - The ruins of Persepolis, symbol of Persian might at its zenith, rise starkly today from a plain in southern Iran, set on a walled terrace near the foot of a mountain.
Persian miniature - Persian miniature begins with the Mongol Ilkhanid dinasty in the 13th century. First artists followed the Mesopotamian traditions with figures tied to the baseline and blank background.
The monumental tombs in Naqsh-e-Rostam - Just a few kilometers north of Persepolis, the monumental tombs of Darius II, Artaxerxes I and Darius I were hewn into a rock cliff, called Naqsh-e-Rostam.
The grandeur of Isfahan architecture - Shah Abbas I (1589-1627) was the Safavid dinasty shah who designated Isfahan as capital. He reconstituted it with so many new mosques, palaces, bridges, avenues and parks that European travellers referred to it as “half the world”.