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Old November 9th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #21
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Tower of Silence
There are several of them around the city of Yazd, you can easily find them in Google Map:





As you read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Silence that is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead.

The towers, which are fairly uniform in their construction, have an almost flat roof, with the perimeter being slightly higher than the center. The roof is divided into three concentric rings: The bodies of men are arranged around the outer ring, women in the second circle, and children in the innermost ring. Once the bones have been bleached by the sun and wind, which can take as long as a year, they are collected in an ossuary pit at the center of the tower, where—assisted by lime—they gradually disintegrate and the remaining material—with run-off rainwater—runs through multiple coal and sand filters before being eventually washed out to sea. The ritual precinct may be entered only by a special class of pallbearers, called nasellars, a contraction of nasa.salar, caretaker (-salar) of potential pollutants (nasa-).

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Old November 9th, 2010, 03:27 PM   #22
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I like seeing these Middle Eastern creations, very interesting... (what's Solopop's problem??)
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Old November 9th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #24
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Yakhchal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakhchal -> an ancient type of refrigerator.



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As wonderful and unique these edifices are, the real wonder remains... How are those pigeon towers not completely inundated in bird crap?
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One Modern from Kaunas - Lithuania

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Old November 19th, 2010, 02:33 AM   #28
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These iranian buildings are really fascinating.
Talking about "unique"
buildings, makes me thinking to the "Trulli": they are not so particular for the use, cause they are houses, but for the shape. They are used just in a small part of Puglia, Italy. Originally they were typical huts of countrymen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trullo
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Trulli Alberobello16 apr06 [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], by Marcok di it.wiki (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons


Trulli Alberobello11 apr06 [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], by Marcok di it.wiki, from Wikimedia Commons
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Old November 19th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #29
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Iran is really amazing, it's really sad it's so unaccessible
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Old November 19th, 2010, 04:36 AM   #30
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I love this building in New York
it's IAC building

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Old November 19th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #31
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Tomb Tower

1,000 years ago, after the Egyptian pyramids, it was the tallest building in the world:

Mil-e-Kavus:







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Two other famous tomb towers, are known as Radkan:







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Old November 19th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #33
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It is interesting to know that Mil-e Kavus in Gonbad-e Kavus and other similar buildings around it have been inspired from the ancient Phallic architecture in this region.

Form some days ago, I read some different things about it in some News websites:

http://www.takepart.com/news/2010/11...nis-tombstones
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/m...nis-tombstones
http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/ar...etery/19719019

TEHRAN, Iran — Her hands tightly wrapped around a giant *****-shaped tombstone, Maryam giggles as her friend takes a picture. She repositions herself and, snap, another photo.

She’s one of the hundreds of tourists who come to visit Khalid Nabi cemetery, a place replete with contraditions. In this conservative Islamic country, it is a historic cemetery where male and female genitals are on display for the world to see.

And now, despite being hundreds of years old, it is becoming one of the country's hot new tourist destinations for young people. More than 600 head stones make up the bizarre cemetery, which is 40 miles northeast of Gonbad-e Kavous in northeastern Iran. Despite its long history, the site was only added to Iran’s national heritage list less than a decade ago. And even since then, few researchers have dared to study it.





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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:09 PM   #34
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HÓRREO (GRANARY)
SPAIN
Building that serves as a barn, shed, warehouse, and is high on
pillars thus avoid soil moisture in a region
rainy, and in turn prevent rodents from entering the camera and other
pests that might eat or spoil its contents. It achieves this
latest projections made by interposing between the horizontal slabs
box columns and barn, an obstacle that mice can not
cross. Are typical of northern Spain

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interesting, the same device is used by a small community called Walser, in an area of the alps, mostly in Switzerland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walser

Mazots [CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr (http://www.creativecommons.org/licen...0/fr/deed.en)], by Clifden at fr.wikipedia, from Wikimedia Commons

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Old November 21st, 2010, 03:15 PM   #36
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The proto-historic nuraghi (singular "nuraghe")- Sardinia, Italy.
Single truncated conical towers or biggest complex made up of the same module used in various connections. There are 8000 remaining nuraghes distributed in the whole Sardinia. Their use is not completely clear, it is thought this kind of building could serve as forts, as temples, as residences, as meeting halls, according to circumstances.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuraghe

NURAGHE OES [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], by Giovanni Seu (Template:Foto di Giovanni Seu), from Wikimedia Commons


Nuraghejplm [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Jplm (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons


Central tower of the Nuraghe at Saint Antine of Torralba [Public domain], by Fawcett5. Compressed by |EPO|., from Wikimedia Commons

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Chapar-Khaneh (post office), literally means "house of courier".

A chapar-khaneh in Meybod, near Yazd:











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