As Iran begins to open its doors to tourism, Hong Kong Free Press revisits the country’s markets, villages and landmarks. 

See also: Part 1 – The incredible architecture of Iran.

A woman shops at Esfahan bazaar near Imam Square.
A park in Tehran.
Spices for sale at Esfahan bazaar.
Esfahan’s intricate Lotfollah Mosque.
Sand dunes near Toudeshk.
Detail at Esfahan’s Jameh Mosque.
The ancient abandoned cave houses in the village of Kharanaq.
Items for sale at Esfahan bazaar.
Esfahan’s Chehel Sotoun Palace.
Esfahan’s Jameh Mosque.
The famous Siosepol Bridge in Esfahan.
Esfahan’s Vank Cathedral
A woman bakes bread in the rural desert village of Toudeshk.
Imam Khomeini and Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei adorn a mosque in Yazd.
A mural outside the former-US consulate in Tehran.
A woman weaving a carpet in Meybod.
Nash-E Rajab, Persepolis.
The tomb of popular Iranian poet Hafez in Shiraz.
A bazaar in the conservative desert town of Yazd.
The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence near Yazd.
Sunrise at Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz.
The iconic Azadi Tower in Tehran.
Jameh Mosque in Yazd.
A defaced US seal outside the former embassy in Tehran.
Mohammad Jarad works to restore mosaics at a mosque in Yazd.
A traditional men’s Zurkhaneh Gym in Yazd.
A prayer mat at a mosque in Yazd.
A rooftop view of Yazd, including windcatchers and the Jameh Mosque.
Persepolis heritage site, near Shiraz.
Graves of martyrs from the Iran-Iraq war.
Tehran’s Golestan Palace.
Iran – the official “nose job” capital of the world.

See also: Part 1 – The incredible architecture of Iran.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.