Shiraz and the Narenjestan

Narenjestan Garden. The Narenjestan or more fully Narenjestan-i Qavam (The orange place of the Qavam's) takes its name from the Qavam family who commissioned the building in the mid 1800s. The picture shows the garden with the main building in the background Appraoch road to Shiraz. Shiraz is famous historically for two reasons: its poets and Persepolis. The two outstanding poets are Hafez who lived from about 1325 to 1390, and Saadi, whose statue this is, and who lived a century earlier Shiraz is a delightful place to live. The climate, like most of Iran, is so dry that the heat and cold are acceptable. The cultural life is appropriate to a university town, the Iranian cooking delicious and the people easy and friendly. Although fewer than in Isfahan, the monuments are numerous, and the local ethnic minorities and cultures of considerable interest. This page uses one building from the Qajar Period (1781-1925), Narenjestan, to illustrate the architectural quality. Appraoch road to Shiraz. The approach road to Shiraz Shiraz university 1973. What are now the extensive buildings of Shiraz University, on the Erum hill, were being started in 1973 Narenjestan entrance building and garden. The garden of Narenjestan in more sombre mood looking towards the entrance buildings Narenjestan reception room. A large three walled reception room, with a garden and pools in front of it, is a paradigm of grand house design in Iran. Probably its greatest example is the Chehel Sotoun Palace in Isfahan. Narenjestan offers the design in Shiraz on a comfortable, liveable scale The Narenjestan was constructed between 1879 and 1886 and is a fine example of the Qajar period when many architects and builders were turning to the European tradition for inspiration. In the 20th century the house became part of the University and was home to the outstanding Iranologist Arthur Upham Pope and his 'Asia Institute' with its large archives of Iranian art and architecture; it is now a museum. Narenjestan mirrored wall. The south-east wall of the reception room Narenjestan mirrored ceiling. The mirrored roof of the main reception room Narenjestan doorway in entrance buildiing. Doorway and pillars in the entrance building Narenjestan detail of mirrored ceiling. The central area of the main ceiling with its elaborate mirror-work and paintings Narenjestan entrance building column capitals.

The attention to architectural details in Iran makes buildings sumptuous; the decoration seen above is in the waiting area of the entrance building.
Narenjestan side reception room. One of the open side rooms of the main building Pomegranate sales with donkey. Pomegranates are Iran's delight; and donkey's the best mobile fruit stall anywhere Qashqai woman. The largest ethnic group in the Shiraz area are the Qasqai; the clothing of the women is eye-catching Taxis are orange, riders hitch with their thumbs, and are shoe-horned into the packed car as they join. But men and women cannot be mixed on the bench seats - drivers are un-sexed. The elaborate in and out dance, with up to three in the front, and five behind, as the different sexes join the car, requiring different configurations, are a joke for everyone.

Hailing taxi. Taxi hailing
Building with iwan in Fars. Can you help with identifying this building, it is most probably in Shiraz itself or Fars Province Rooftop view of Shiraz. While a westerner enjoys a view across Shiraz, boys enjoy viewing the westerner Shah Cheragh Mosque. The dome of the Shah Cheragh Mosque - the new minarets are under construction - in cold winter light Narenjestan snow on orange and palm trees. Palm and orange trees in the snow - an orange tree in snow is a sad sight Shah Cheragh Mosque and minaret. The dome of the Shah Cheragh Mosque in summer Narenjestan in snow. Narenjestan in a snow shower - a reminder of Iran's extreme temperatures The air in Shiraz, as in much of Iran, is very dry indeed, humidity is often in single figures. A shirt washed is usually dry to wear in half an hour. So sun-dried brick is the normal building material, this withstands the tiny rainfall, but snow is another matter. If the snow is allowed to lie on the bricks they dissolve! So snowfalls, which are not common but not exceptional, result in householders out on their roofs and walls desperately sweeping the snow away. The next page takes you to the ruins of the city of Persepolis, with its 2,500 year old stone carvings that are splendidly well preserved in the dry desert air. line
Saturday 2nd July 2016 Murphy

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