Steph and I went to Iran with a friend who was going back to visit her family.

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capnfabs @stamplee and the abandoned palace. The history here is rich and the people are all storytellers but buildings like this are left to decay.

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capnfabs One last photo from Esfahan. The gate to a seriously enormous mosque. Everything is self-supporting arches. There's one square in the middle of the mosque and when you speak there it resonates through the whole building. @stamplee aptly calls it a #mathsmiracle and it's sad that nobody knows how to design like this anymore.

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capnfabs I can't get over the wooden columns holding up pretty much everything old in Iran, including the balcony roof in this 17th century palace.

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capnfabs Persepolis - an enormous palace complex where each king tried to one-up the last in grandeur. Then Alexander came through and burned the whole thing around 500 BC. The style of the time was all-wooden buildings with a stone archway for each door, and so for this palace that's all that's left.

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