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Bradt Guide to Iran

6th edition

Baker Patricia L.


Editeur - Casa editrice

Bradt Travel Guides

Asia
Medio Oriente
Iran

Città - Town - Ville

Cambridge

Anno - Date de Parution

2020

Pagine - Pages

276

Lingua - language - langue

eng

Edizione - Collana

Bradt Travel Guide Iran

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Iran - 6th edition

Bradt Guide to Iran  

Patricia Baker’s Iran is aimed squarely at the cultural traveller attracted to this country’s ancient sites, which include the ruins of Persepolis, innumerable beautiful mosques and Islamic architecture. Advice on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity is set in the context of Iranian history which, together with in-depth coverage of where to go and what to see, makes this guide invaluable. This second edition provides thorough updates on planning and practicalities both for those on a tour and for the independent travellers wishing to get the most out of their stay.

Known as the jewel of Central Asia, Iran's cities are packed with gilded mosques and blue-mosaic shrines built in honour of the country's greatest leaders. Its people are generous and its terrain ranges from the sands of the Persian Gulf to the Alburz Mountains in the north. The expert authors give first-hand descriptions of attractions ranging from the exquisite mosques of Isfahan and the museums and palaces of Tehran to remote, spectacular mountain hikes. New maps and up-to-date information on all the basics - hotels, restaurants, businesses and shops - help you to uncover the mysteries of ancient Persepolis, to enjoy a soak and scrub in a local hamam, or to pick up a pair of giveh slippers or a Persian rug in Kirman's bazaar.

 


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Author's Note, by Patricia L. Baker
"Mention to relatives and friends that you are going to Iran, and the chances are that they will stare, pause, swallow and hesitantly if not incredulously ask 'Iran? Are you sure?' You may well feel they have a point after your first contact with Iranian Consulate staff as it seems that officialdom is conspiring against you visiting Iran and learning first-hand something about the country, its history and its culture, past and present.

Iran is one of those countries, like others in the Middle East and elsewhere, where issues concerning religion and the modern world confront you at all turns and compel you to consider your own stance. It is impossible to return from even a short visit and not feel that, while seeing magnificent historic architecture and evidence of ancient civilisations, you have also been witnessing history in the making."



Recensione in lingua italiana

Contents


Introduction


 


PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION


 


Chapter 1 Background Information


Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics and economy, People and language, Religion, Education


 


Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Time difference, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Weights and measures, Money and banking, Budgeting, Other export and import restrictions, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Culture and entertainment, Office life, Cultural dos and don’ts, Policy, Interacting with people, Dress, Tipping, Giving something back


 


PART TWO THE GUIDE


 


Chapter 3 Tehran and the Road South


Chapter 4 West of Tehran: Qazvin and Hamadan


Chapter 5 From Kashan to Isfahan


Chapter 6 The Caspian Region


Chapter 7 Into Iranian Azerbaijan


Chapter 8 Shiraz and Around


Chapter 9 Persepolis and the Surrounding Area


Chapter 10 The South Coast


Chapter 11 En Route to Yazd and Kirman


Chapter 12 The Road to Mashhad


Appendix I Language


Appendix 2 Further Information


Index