35 beau­ti­ful cities you must see in your life­time

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Beauty is in the eyes of the be­holder, but even the grump­i­est tourists will strug­gle not to be moved by the aes­thetic de­lights of th­ese cities, from jew­els of the Silk Road to mod­ern mas­ter­pieces, ac­cord­ing to The Tele­graph.

Robert By­ron, in his 1930s trav­el­ogue, The Road to Ox­i­ana, wrote of this Ira­nian city: “Is­fa­han has be­come in­deli­ble, has in­sin­u­ated its im­age into that gallery of places that ev­ery­body pri­vately trea­sures. I gave it no help in do­ing so.

“The mon­u­ments have kept me too busy. One could ex­plore for months with­out com­ing to the end of them.

“From the 11th cen­tury, ar­chi­tects and crafts­men have recorded the for­tunes of the town, its changes of taste, gov­ern­ment and be­lief.

“The build­ings re­flect th­ese lo­cal cir­cum­stances; it is their charm, like the charm of most old towns.

“But a few il­lus­trate the heights of art in­de­pen­dently, and rank Is­fa­han among those rarer places, like Athens or Rome, which are the com­mon re­fresh­ment of hu­man­ity.”


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