that eagle statue with horse ears is scary!
yes i love to visit these places
Would love to see some these places close one day.
Actually, art historians often draw distinctions between pre-Islamic and Islamic architecture in any given culture in the Muslim world, since the art and architecture itself can be quite different before and after--the most obvious example I can think of is the disappearance of human forms--and anyone who thinks that Islamic art anywhere isn't gorgeous and intricate and intelligent has no idea what they're talking about. So: pre-Islamic Iranian art: awesome! Islamic Iranian art: also awesome, but different! Now stop with your ISLAM KILLED CIVILIZATION and read about the golden age(s), children.
Civilizations have their peaks and valleys, people. Plus, keep in mind that Islam didn't destroy the Library at Alexandria, Christians did. You can blame them for something we called the dark ages, too.
That little introduction there isn't coincidental. Stressing the pre-Islamic origins of Persian statehood was a major feature of the kind of secular nationalism that was officially enforced under Reza Shah Pahlavi. Funny that this should be invoked here for no obvious reason--
and nothing to do with
It took place a long time ago
the building of this stuff
Islam doesnt come
Not only that
but I have worked in Iran
And the folks there
are really nice
Off the cuff
Islam fundamentalism has turned a once advanced and creative culture into a craphouse of barbaric bickering.
Beautiful pictures of an interesting culture. Thanks again to Fredzepp.
It's amazing people were able to do that back then.