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A Village of Flowers, Clay and Tradition
Citizen reporter Sadaf Farahani sends a photo essay of Masouleh, Iran
Sadaf Farahani (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2004-08-02 18:00 (KST)   
©2004 S.Farahani

*뀒뿤 씪媛꾩쓽 궗吏꾧린옄씠옄 삤留덉씠돱뒪 떆誘쇨린옄씤 궗떎봽 뙆씪븯땲뵪媛 理쒓렐 씠 遺곷쓽 궛븙 留덉쓣 '留덉냼슱젅'瑜 떎솕뒿땲떎. 뙆씪븯땲 湲곗옄쓽 븘由꾨떎슫 룷넗뿉꽭씠瑜 삤留덉씠돱뒪 룆옄 뿬윭遺꾧퍡 냼媛쒗빀땲떎. 삤留덉씠돱뒪쓽 쁺뼱뙋씤 'OhmyNews International'뿉뒗 쁽옱 꽭怨 怨녠납뿉 궛옱븳 湲濡쒕쾶 떆誘쇨린옄뱾씠 袁몄엳 湲곗궗瑜 넚怨좏븯怨 엳뒿땲떎. [렪吏묒옄 二]

Masouleh is a 1,000-year-old, traditional village in the northern Iranian province of Gilan, along the Caspian Sea.

It is in a temperate and arid climate.

Photographer Sadaf Farahani
©2004 S.Farahani
With a population of just 800, many tourists come here for its historical and cultural attractions, including mosques, traditional architecture and clean air.

Masouleh is the only village in Iran where cars are prohibited. You must park your vehicle at the edge of the village and walk in.

The village is built in layers up on a hill, with the roof of each home becoming the road outside the next level of homes above.

The people are ethnic Talesh, speaking the Taleshi dialect.

Source: Netiran.com --Ed.

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In this village, houses are so close together that the balconies or roofs have become pedestrian areas just like a street or thoroughfare.
©2004 S.Farahani

There are many stores in Masouleh that sell traditional items to tourists.
©2004 S.Farahani

There are five "Imamzadehs" (direct descendants of Muslim caliphs) in Masouleh. Some religious people make pilgrimages to Masouleh to see these domes (lower left).
©2004 S.Farahani

A young girl sells dolls that her mother or sister has made from yarn. Thousands of tourists from all over the world go to Masouleh every year.
©2004 S.Farahani

People use the poems of Hafiz, the greatest Persian poet, to find out their destinies. Merchants sell sealed cloth bags that contain one of Hafiz's poems. The buyer uses a budgie to choose the bag.
©2004 S.Farahani

Everywhere in Iran you can find special folk music, melodies and instruments. In hilly areas, some kinds of flutes are more popular.
©2004 S.Farahani

The owner of a shop serves his customers tea, as they smoke tobacco and eat fried eggs.
©2004 S.Farahani

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Sadaf Farahani is a staff photographer for a Tehran newspaper.

If you would like to send OhmyNews a photo essay from your country, contact the editor at todd@ohmynews.com.
©2004 OhmyNews

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