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Old December 15th, 2005, 04:29 AM   #1
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Esfahan "Nesfeh Jahan!" (Isfahan) - اصفهان

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Old December 27th, 2005, 02:45 PM   #2
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esfahan makes me happy from inside
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Old December 27th, 2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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Isfahan Nesveh Jahan big time
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Old December 28th, 2005, 03:25 PM   #4
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Yeah isfahan is like a museum.
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Source: http://www.iranpix.com/browse/html_i..._01_meidan.htm

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yea, do that, but i bet that isfahan has changed a lot from 3-4 years ago. i went there this summer and it is so modern and clean and beautiful!
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if any of u go to esfahan...the Shah Abbas hotel is a must...or Abbasi as they call it now...

i stayed with my family there for a week in the Shah's old suite....its amazing.

one warning....its very religious.....
big bache mullah community...they study there apparently..
and also a big armenian community...visited one of their churches...had one of the smallest Bibles in the world.

a beautiful city.x
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isfahan is not as religous as you guys say it is

i was there this summer, i didnt see any mullahs!

i think you guys are getting qom and isfahan mixed up. qom is where the mullah university is at and where everyone is chadori.
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http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu...8031162421.htm
An Iranian daily wrote on Sunday the first Iranian private museum is to be inaugurated on the occasion of World Museum Day on May 18 in Isfahan.

The museum, which is being established by factory owner Hossein Hosseinpanah, will feature collections of rare Iranian and foreign books, stamps and wrist watches, the English-language daily 'Iran News' noted quoting Mehr News Agency (MNA).

Radios, phonographs, phonograph records of the world's musical masterpieces, matches, cigarettes, lighters, earthenware, crystal dishes, bells, and an archive of texts of lectures delivered by famous people will be shown in the museum, Iran News noted quoting Mehr News Agency (MNA).

The 45-year-old Hosseinpanah used his pocket money to collect stamps as a child and later became an antique collector.

He is establishing the museum in a beautiful old house called the riest's House in the stone masons' neighborhood in Isfahan's Jolfa district, said the article.

"The renovation process of the house is almost complete and I hope to open the museum on schedule," he said according to the article.

He named the museum "The Hidden Paradise in Priest's House", explaining that the true owners of this museum will be the visitors, who should take advantage of this cultural heritage.

He expressed hope that Isfahan would one day have at least 50 private museums, saying "Isfahan is itself a rich museum. Each house has at least one or two precious antiques which could be put on display by the owners.
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isfahan is not as religous as you guys say it is

i was there this summer, i didnt see any mullahs!

i think you guys are getting qom and isfahan mixed up. qom is where the mullah university is at and where everyone is chadori.

The "Chahar Bagh" theological school in Esfehan is famous.
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i think im in denial...
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isfahan is not as religous as you guys say it is

i was there this summer, i didnt see any mullahs!

i think you guys are getting qom and isfahan mixed up. qom is where the mullah university is at and where everyone is chadori.
listen, esfahan is the kinda place where they wont let a woman by herself get into a taxi. and there are mullahs.....x
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Khajoo bridge:








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The river front








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Isfahan and Her Sister Cities!

Source for both: http://www.chn.ir/en/naqshejahan/

Esfahan and Her Sisters/ St. Petersburg, Russia


As the first step towards such relations, on May 7, 1989 Esfahan signed a sister city agreement with Xian, a historical city in central China, an experience which has then repeated for seven more times with cities like Barcelona in Spain.

Because of common historical and cultural backgrounds, ancient cities worldwide, may sometimes issue a kind of decentralized relation via signing an agreement of “Sister City” which normally entails the deployment of expertise delegations to benefit from each other’s experiences in different fields.

As the first step towards such relations, on May 7, 1989 Esfahan signed a sister city agreement with Xian, a historical city in central China, a successful experience for Esfahan which has then repeated for seven more times with Barcelona in Spain, Florence in Italy, St Petersburg in Russia, Iasi in Romania, Freiburg in Germany, Yerevan in Armenia, and Havana in Cuba.

According to sister city agreements, the involved cities cooperates in different fields including cultural and social context, civilization, etc. Esfahan has received numerous delegations from her sister cities so far, which have been the origin of lots of changes for better in this historical city.

St. Petersburg, the forth sister of Esfahan

The sister city agreement between Esfahan and St. Petersburg was signed on May 2, 1999 in Esfahan to make St Petersburg the forth official city sister of Esfahan after Xian in China, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Florence in Italy.

The initial agreement of sister cities was signed by Krishanov, deputy governor of St Petersburg province and Mohammad Ali Javadi, Esfahan’s then mayor, as representatives of two cities.

This agreement was subsequently followed by the detailed agreement of sister cities in eight articles which was signed by Valentina Matuienko, the governor of St Petersburg province representing the Russian part and Seied Morteza Saghaian Nejad, the mayor of Esfahan representing the Iranian part.

In the final agreement, both parts, namely Esfahan municipality and the local government of St Petersburg from Russian federation, expressed their intentions for friendship and goodwill between the two cities as well as maximizing their economic, Industrial, technical, and cultural potentials through bilateral collaborations.

The eight consisting articles of the final agreement concern the issues of mutual trust, development of financial and commercial co-operations, joint execution of various industrial plans, collaboration between the commerce chambers of both parts as well as institutes and companies, improvement of co-operations between travel agencies, joint exhibition setting up, establishing bilateral relations between organizations, societies, and scientific and technical institutes, and cooperation between sport teams.

In her speech before signing the sister city agreement in Esfahan city hall, Valentina Matuienko, the governor of St Petersburg, indicated, “Esfahan and St Petersburg have a lot of similarities in cultural and historical aspects.” She added, “Both cities come to the decision to sign the sister city agreement due to the success in their previous experience of co-operations.”

“St Petersburg possesses extensive economic facilities as well as big potentials and has attracted lots of foreign companies for investment,” said Matuienko while noting that this city is not only an industrial and cultural hub but also is a political capital of the region.

Pointing out the obstacles faced St Petersburg in constructing its subway network, she asserted that their long and invaluable experience in this field could be beneficial for Esfahan local authorities who were seeking a solution to minimize the undesirable effects of subway crossing the historical context of the city.

In the same meeting, Saghaian Nejad, the mayor of Isfhan also emphasized the numerous similarities between the two cities especially in cultural, social, and economic aspects and said that the agreement affiliated the two countries and a new chapter in their bilateral relations was opened. He asserted, “Considering the wide range of common interests of Iran and Russia, the development of friendly bilateral relations is of utmost importance for both countries.”

Familiarization with St Petersburg

St Petersburg was founded by Peter the great in 1703 in northwest of Russian Federation on the Nova river estuary to Finland gulf. The city now covers an area of approximately 607 square kilometers which exceeds 1439 square kilometers when taking its suburbs and outskirt into account.

St Petersburg is consisted of 42 islands which are connected to each other by 560 bridges. Some of these bridges are parted open during night time to allow shipping on Nova River. The climatic condition is harshly cold and the temperature is only suitable to a certain degree in June and July.

At the outset of Russian Bolshevik revolution in 1917, this city was named Petrograd (City of Peter), but when Lenin died the city was renamed to Leningrad (City of Lenin), a name which remained unaltered until the decline of Soviet Union in 1991 when its name changed to the original “St Petersburg”.

The main architectural icons of the city are made of stone and one can find lots of marvelous landscape and attractions around the city including Peter and Paul Fortress. The original purpose of the fortress was to defend the land newly acquired from the Swedes. However, its main use up to 1917 was as a political prison and the first inmate was Peter's own son Alexey, who was followed by other notables such as Dostoevsky, Gorky, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander. Pushkin, a renowned Russian novelist was also buried in this city.

St Petersburg cathedral, Tsar palaces, and beautiful museums including Hermitage museum which is situated just off the river, are among other attractions of the city.

Through the history of the city, St Petersburg has been always the first and the foremost centre for oriental studies in Russia. The education of eastern languages commenced in Russia in 1804 while the first Arabic and Persian language faculty in St Petersburg University was inaugurated in 1818. By the establishment of Oriental Studies College in 1855, new classes titled as Pashto, Persian Literature, Avestan, and ancient Persian, were initiated in which Solomon, a famous Russian academician and expert in Iranian studies used to teach Pahlavi, Avestan, and basics of Iranian languages for over 40 years from 1876 to 1916. Later on, in 1916 a totally separate section was dedicated to Persian Literature in this university.

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Esfahan and Her German Sister


Regarding the common historical and cultural backgrounds, historical cities tend to form a mutual relation through signing so-called sisterhood agreements and sending expert teams for using each other’s experiments.

Regarding the common historical and cultural backgrounds, historical cities tend to form a mutual relation through signing so-called sisterhood agreements and sending expert teams for using each other’s experiments.

In 7th of May 1989, Esfahan took the first step in the field with signing a sisterhood agreement with the city of Shian in China, which was followed with the same action with 7 other cities, namely Barcelona in Spain, Florence in Italy, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Yash in Romania, Freiburg in Germany, Yerevan in Armenia, and Havana in Cuba.

According to these agreements, the aforementioned cities will cooperate in several fields including cultural, social and civil ones. Since then, Esfahan has welcomed numerous delegates from her sister cities, a strategy which has led to positive transformations in the old city.

Esfahan, the first Moslem sister of Freiburg

The sisterhood agreement between Esfahan and Freiburg was signed in 28th of October 2000. With a 200-thousand population, the German city of Freiburg is an industrial and tourist centre in Germany. Freiburg’s mayor, Dr. Ralf Bume, describes the city as follows:

“Freiburg people are famous for their hospitality and that is why tourists coming here feel at home. Beautiful monuments, churches, student life style, and most importantly, its rich culture have had a deep impact on everybody.”

Esfahan is considered the 9th sister of Freiburg and it’s most populated one, with a population of 1.5 million people. The sisterhood agreement between Esfahan and Freiburg is the first sisterhood agreement between 2 Iranian and German cities.

The main goal in Freiburg sisterhood agreement with Esfahan is to support the reformation procedure in Iran and helping the institutionalization of democracy. Furthermore, Esfahan with its brilliant historical background has been one of the most important tourist attractions for foreign tourists.

After World War II, Freiburg signed numerous sisterhood agreements with cities such as Innsbruck in Austria, Padoa in Italy, and Gildford in UK. With the changes in the global political atmosphere during the Cold War, Freiburg decided to extend her sisterhood with cities all over the world and to play an improving role. With this goal in mind, Freiburg signed a sisterhood agreement with Matsuyama in Japan, and Madison in the US. It should be noted that Esfahan is the first sister of Freiburg in the world of Islam.

In the downtown of Freiburg, there is a cathedral dating back to 700 years ago with a height of 116 meters. Though the belfries of other churches in the city are older, dating back to the Middle Ages, the belfry of the Freiburg cathedral is considered the most beautiful one in the world of Christianity. The biggest museums of the city were established in 1920-3 and are comprised of masterpieces by great painters like Heins Beldung. The contemporary art museum in Freiburg was constructed in 1985 and belongs to the city's municipality.

In the Town Hall and other public places, there are centers offering information about Freiburg and her sisters. Providing tours, granting scholarships, and residential facilities are some of the activities sister cities do. Mutual cultural cooperation is another effort for making a closer contact between the cities. For instance, theatrical and musical groups of Granada, Innsbruck and Padoa performed some interesting programs in Freiburg a while ago.

The cooperation between sister cities also includes economic dimensions. According to an agreement between Esfahan and Freiburg, the latter is responsible for the renewal of Esfahan transportation system and the construction of structures specially designed for solar energy.
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