Persia in the History of Civilization by Will Durant

Let’s briefly read about Iran’s history; from the Great Persian Empire to the Modern-day Iran. An article by Will Durant, famous American historian, philosopher and the author of ‘The Story of Civilization’

Iran map

About Iran

Iran culture

Being one of the oldest continuously inhabited civilizations in the world, modern-day Iranian culture is enriched by centuries of tradition. As a mostly Muslim nation, Iranian culture is also tied up with religion.
Iran’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 12th-largest in the world.
UNESCO has recognized 19 sites in Iran as World Heritage Sites.This includes Arg-e Bam as the largest adobe structure in the world. Magnificent Persepolis, now in ruins, but an awe-inspiring reminder of Iran’s glory during the Achaemenid Empire. Mosques regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture, with stunning tiles and Islamic calligraphic inscriptions. A detailed tour of Persian architecture provide the opportunity to trace back the nations long journey from the the prehistoric era to the medieval era and Islamic golden age and modern era. We encourage you to experience our culture by getting to know our people. There you will finde people with incredible hospitality and in love with their art and poetry.

Iran cuisine

Experiencing Iranian dishes will tell you a lot about their passion for taste, color and aroma. Iranian’s respect food and in particular bread as God’s blessing.
Louisa Shafia,
A visit to Iran yields a stunning variety of culinary delights. Between the familiar kebab and the decidedly outré grilled lamb’s testicles, there’s a vast spectrum of foods: caviar, pickle, and smoked fish in the north; samosas, falafel and hot and sour shrimp in the south; noodles and flatbread.
If you are going to visit Iran, make sure not to miss the taste of Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew) or Iranian Kebabs which come in many kinds: beef, chicken, lamb liver, among them.
For the desert lets try flatbread and rosewater-scented ice cream flavored with orange blossom, rose water, honey, nuts or saffron which makes Persian ice cream different to western-style desserts. Hope you enjoy this Iranian sweet treat.
Noosh-e jan! (Yes, that’s Farsi for “bon appétit.”)

Iran history

Iran nature

At the pivot point between the Middle East and Central Asia, Iran borders on the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, and the Caspian Sea.
Much of Iran’s terrain is mountainous. The Alborz and Zagros Mountain ranges in the north and west and two deserts, Markazi and Lut, has filled Iran’s heart.
The deserts of Iran are less inhabited and most of the population live in the basins, plateaus and plains.
By having dense rain forests in the north, warm sunny beaches in the south, snowy mountains in the west and amazingly hot deserts in the east, Iran is one of the few countries that gives the joy of experiencing four different seasons at the same time to travelers.

Iran nature is a safe haven to many endangered species. Among them is Asiatic Cheetah also known as the Iranian Cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal and the last few are known to survive mostly in Iran. Iran’s wildlife is composed of several animal species including bears, gazelles, wild pigs, wolves, jackals, panthers, Eurasian lynx, and foxes. Other domestic animals include, sheep, goats, cattle, horses, water buffalo, donkeys, and camels. The pheasant, partridge, stork, eagles and falcon are also native to Iran.

Iran at a glance

Iran is a sizable country. Getting to know the country better can be a bit difficult, especially when most of what the media says about Iran are negative images of war and nuclear nonsense. There’s more to Iran than these. In this text, we’re not going to cover them all. In fact, I doubt that […]