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Taken in the courtyard of the Abbasi Hotel, Esfahan.
The Abbasi Hotel in Esfahan (aka Isfahan) Iran is completely amazing. This is a HDR of 3 photos, then adjusted a tad further in PS.
Built in circa 1700AD the hotel has recently been renovated and redecorated again. The lobby has an awesome inlaid tiled floor and when you look up to the ceiling, two floors above, it is covered in a mosaic of coloured glass and that is intricately and intrinscally beautiful.
The Abbasi Hotel has a total of 225 rooms. The breakfast room/restaurant has to be seen to be believed,as does the rest of the hotel.
We were fortunate to stay in Room 222 which was beautifully decorated (photos to come later) which apparently was where the (pre-revolution) Shah’s wife would stay when the royal couple visited Esfahan.
Having been a budget traveller (ie backpackers and cheap hotels) in previous years, this was a huge step up for me however, even my wife was impressed with not only with the hotel itself, also with the food and quality of service. This hotel is definetely a step above the rest.
If this hotel was situated in a Western country you could expect to pay well over AU$1,500.00 /night for a double room however, we only paid $170.00 per night for our room.
Canon Lens 15-85mm
HDR, 3 images, tonemapped, then adjusted shadows in PS
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Some limited but further info from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbasi_Hotel
The Abbasi Hotel is a hotel located in Isfahan, Iran. This complex was built at the time of king Sultan Hossein of Safavid about 300 years ago. It was built as a caravansary to provide lodging for passengers. The structure has been renovated since the 1950s to fight and prevent degradation.
The 1974 film Ten Little Indians, starring Oliver Reed and Elke Sommer, was shot here.
Further details of EsfahanIsfahan below from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esfahan
Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “’Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).
The next bridge along from this one is Ferdowsi Bridge:
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