For more than three millennia Iran, or Persia as it was formerly known, was a melting pot of civilizations. Under Cyrus the Great, Persia was the centre of the world's first empire, which stretched from the Mediterranean to modern-day Pakistan. Subsequent invasions by the Greeks, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have imbued the nation with an amazingly rich cultural and historical diversity. The Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the subsequent Iran-Iraq war reduced tourism to a trickle, but in the last decade, the country's global significance within the modern world has resulted in increasing interest from intrepid travellers unafraid by the West's often "blinkered" appraisal of Iran and its people. Travellers have begun rediscovering the attractions-both old and new-of a diverse land filled with beauty and brimming with potential. An essential book both for visitors to Iran-whether on business or travelling for pleasure-or for those simply with a thirst to learn about and understand this fascinating country, it provides a fascinating illumination of both ancient Persia and modern Iran. Up-to-date travel facts and tips combined with chapters on each of the country's provinces, and sections on Islamic art, architecture and religion.
|Series||Odyssey Books - Guides|
|Product Type||Paperback / softback|
|Dimensions||12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm|
|Item weight||0.76 Kg|
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