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Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

Golestan Palace, famous for its marble thrones and mirrored walls

The Niavaran Palace complex, the primary residence of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the Imperial family until the Iranian Revolution

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

The Niavaran Palace complex - some of the rooms on display

Darband, north Tehran - our cafe for lunch with the local well-to-do ladies having their girly catch-ups

Darband, north Tehran - another cafe on terraces

Darband, north Tehran - the local fruit leather stalls

Darband, north Tehran - the local fruit leather stalls

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - an early wheel

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The relief from the the northern stairs of the Apadana, Persepolis - possibly Darius the Great with his son Xerxes behind him receiving envoys

The relief from the the northern stairs of the Apadana, Persepolis - here (possibly) the major of the palace, Pharnaces, salutes the king

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - an idol from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - an idol from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The 'Daiva Inscription' of Xerxes, son of Darius the Great, found at Persepolis

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - a statue from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Archaeological Museum of Tehran - pottery from 5th-3rd Mill BC

The Cyrus Cylinder, dated 6thC BC and found in the ruins of Babylon, Mesopatamia - a declaration by the new King Cyrus of his right to rule

The very civilised practice of the locals having a raod-side tea break whilst travelling along the highways - you saw this every where

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