Esfahan, Iran, October 19, 2015
The entrance to the Vank Cathedral-
This Armenian church is found in the heart of Esfahan! It was built in 1606 to meet the needs of the immigrating Armenians and is in Christian Orthodox style.
It's an amalgamation of architectural styles: Islamic tile work and Armenian-Christian paintings-
The front altar area is very colorful-
The walls depict scenes from the Bible such as The Last Supper-
and Judgement Day which is kind of like the Sistine Chapel-
and Jesus ordering two more beer-
The museum contains the smallest book in the world (middle top of the picture)-
and a Bible written in the 11th and 12th centuries-
This painting of Lake Sevan reminded me of last year's trip-
The Mausoleum of Amu Abdollah Garladani is also known as the Shaking Minarets. Garladani was a Sufi mystic and it is here that he lies, since the 14th century-
The Masjed e- Jame is the largest and most mysterious mosque in the Islamic world. Construction started in 771. There are 4 iwan at the cardinal points and each is different-
There are many different styles of columns, vaults and brick work-
Walking along, we came upon a very high domed area with more intricate brick work. It was gothic looking-
Eating today was fantastic: Lamb chops, rice and saffron flavoured yogurt which also has grated lamb is eaten as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert-
They shouldn't call this beer!
We ate lunch at the best restaurant in Esfahan, (according to Madhi) - The Shahrzad-
I didn't try this but I know lots who would!
It takes 5 or 6 carrots to make a glass of juice. No sugar was added either and it was excellent-
Saffron flavored ice cream from, according to Mahdi, "the best in all of Iran". It's gooey and we can't decide what it's made of: condensed milk? eggs? Hard to say-
Supper was a loaded pizza and ketchup-
The 33 Arch Bridge looks great at night-