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Kandovan, a living village carved into rock East Azerbaijan Province
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The 4 Traditional Persian Foods You Must Eat


Published: 2016-06-28 08:41:25

Fesenjoon Translation: None Ingredients: Stewed pomegranate puree, ground walnuts, chopped onions, chunks of poultry or balls of ground meat. What's the deal: Pomegranates were a big deal in Iran long before Westerners realized they were Wonderful. The tart flavor from "the fruit of heaven" combined with savory spices creates one of the most uniquely Persian dishes in the culinary canon -- a seasonal Fall and Winter dish that, when mentioned to an Iranian, will immediately make them think you know much more about their culture than you actually do.

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Iran at a Glance


Published: 2016-03-16 12:01:02

Iran has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Iran's location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 30°C or more.

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Kandovan, a living village carved into rock

East Azerbaijan Province

Published: 2016-02-22 12:36:30

At the foothills of Mount Sahand, 50 kilometers from Iran's northwestern city of Tabriz, lies a village that is remarkable for its unique structure. The cone-shaped houses of Kandovan were originally carved into the rock face of the mountain nearly 3,000 years ago. Residents of the village have been living in the rock houses for millennia, demonstrating their exceptional ability to adapt to what should have been an inhospitable environment. Only a few other villages in the world are said to have this similar architecture, the most popular being the tourist caves of Cappadocia in Turkey. What sets the Iranian village apart, however, is that Kandovan is still a living and thriving community. A small local population still lives in the cave-like homes, some of which reach as high as 60 meters, subsisting on farming and animal husbandry.

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Published: 2016-02-21 18:11:48

Darband was formerly a village close to Tajrish, Shemiran, and is now a neighbourhood inside Tehran's city limits. It is the beginning of a very popular hiking trail into the Mount Tochal, which towers over Tehran. A chair lift is also available for those not interested in hiking.

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Iranian Cheetah


Published: 2015-11-18 15:47:19

The Asiatic Cheetah is now also known as the Iranian Cheetah, as the world's last few are known to survive mostly in Iran. DNA comparisons show that these Asiatic cheetahs split from other cheetahs, which lived in Africa, 30,000 years ago. Researchers suggest that Iran's cheetahs must be conserved to protect the future of all cheetahs. Cheetahs formerly existed in 44 countries in Africa but are now only found in 29. Historically, they were also recorded across southwest and central Asia but can now only be found in Iran. The Cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. The head and body of the adult Asiatic Cheetah measure from 112 to 135 cm with a tail length between 66 and 84 cm. It can weigh from 34 to 54 kg, but the male is slightly larger than the female.

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