Saturday, 17 March 2012

Iran: Tehran (Day 2 - Part I)

Day 2 started early. I went down for breakfast and saw my guide and driver, Muhammad, was already waiting for me in the lobby area. He asked me how I was doing, to which I replied, “I’m okay” before I continued with a question, “Why? What have you heard?” He smiled and said he’s heard about what had happened to me the night before, from the receptionist.

The itinerary for the day includes Glass & Ceramic Museum of Iran, Carpet Museum of Iran, National Museum of Iran and Niavaran Palace Complex. I had wanted to include National Jewellery Museum as well but unfortunately it’s closed on Fridays.

We first set off to see a building complex which, for the life of me, I can’t remember the name :-S Well, we didn’t actually see a building complex because we just parked the car across the road and went over to see the building which is part of the main gate to enter into the complex area. It looks awesome and imposing.

The flags on the building are old Iranian flags, of which the middle part (i.e. the white section) has been painted over

I took a peek looking through the gates above to have a better look at the buildings inside the compound when suddenly... swoooshhh! My face was sprayed with some water by someone from inside the compound! Niiiceeeeee!!! Haha!

Thought I had just had another brush with the security but that someone turned out be a gardener who was watering the plants just inside the gate. Muhammad, who saw this happened, went on to have a word with the guy. What a good way to start the day, aye? ;-)

(Now that I think about it, perhaps that’s the reason why I can’t remember the name of the building complex – my brain is just trying to erase the memory of being splashed with water on a cold morning... Well, perhaps... :-) )

(Update 05/07/2012: A reader, Fater Saadatniaki, has been kind enough to leave a comment below to give some information about the building complex. The name of the building is ""Darvaze Dolat" or "Sardare Baghe Melli" (transliterated: the Gate of National Garden), the only surviving gate of Tehran's old city wall and perhaps the most elaborate and glamourous one. This gate leads to a building complex which is currently the seat of Ministry of Foreign Affairs." Merci, Fater :-) )

The rest of the day went on without a hitch, alhamdulillah. A very short drive from this place that I’m somehow unconsciously trying to forget is National Museum of Iran which, I must say, has a quite impressive collection on display. Cameras and mobile phones have to be deposited at the entrance so obviously no photography is allowed inside. Here Muhammad played the tour guide inside the museum, explaining the history and stories behind almost all major displays there.

From there, we went to the Glass & Ceramics Museum of Iran. The museum is set in a beautiful 19th century house that is, according to Wikipedia, formerly the Embassy of Egypt in Tehran. While I couldn’t really appreciate the glasses and ceramics on display, I still enjoyed the visit to this museum because of the house it is set in.

Afterwards we drove for a bit and went to the Carpet Museum of Iran, which is located near a large park and housed in a purposely built building designed to resemble a carpet loom.

And what can I say about those carpets on display? Everybody knows how amazingly beautiful Persian carpets are... They truly are pieces of arts. And like most amazing arts, they are expensive too...

For other www.RambleAndWander.com blog entries on Iran, click here.


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  1. OK. done reading. Will stop at this post and continue "backwards" another day. LOL

    Penat seh baca bebanyak neh. adeii.. Oh.. a postcard pls! =)

    1. Haha kenalah rajin membaca selalu. Kempen Galakan Membaca ni :-) What postcard do you want?

    2. Thanks for taking the time to read through all the posts, by the way :-)


  3. The name of the building that you can't remember is "darvaze dolat" or "sardare Baghe Melli" (transliterated: the gate of national garden) the only surviving gate of Tehran's old city wall and perhaps the most elaborate and glamourous one. This gate leads to a building complex which is currently the seat of ministry of Foreign affairs.

    1. Ah-ha! Merci, Fater, for letting me know about the gate and the building complex behind it. I've updated the post accordingly and have attributed it to you.

      Thank you again :-)

  4. Ah nice, harap dapat pergi Iran juga satu hari nanti..

    1. Yes, pergi, jangan tak pergi ;-) I love my time in Iran and would love to go back there again someday :-)

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