The plane was about to land on the ground of the populated by 9 million Iranian capital. Within two days, we were landing in Tehran for the second time. This time it was around midnight. Beneath us were the bright and colourful lights that I had not seen in other cities.

On the eve of Iran's national holiday, they seemed to be even stronger. In some places the colours of the national tri-blazer stood out - green, white, red, like ours but in another sequence. Thousands of cars strolled along the boulevards despite the late hour. This is how the largest city in western Asia looked like. We felt that the eastern tale did not end with Isfahan, although it is "half of the world". I was sure that in Teheran we were to expect many interesting meetings and new experiences.

Located at over 1,200 meters above sea level, the city is constantly expanding. Iran declared the capital Tehran at the end of the 18th century and it is now known for its numerous museums, galleries and palaces, as well as the ski resorts north of the slopes of Mount Alborz. To us, the Europeans, the city is also known for its 1943 Tehran conference in which Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, the heads of the three main forces of the anti-Hitler coalition - the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States - discussed the opening of the Second European Front, Turkey's entry into the war and the post-war development of Europe. We have all seen the famous "Tehran 43" film. Moments of it were spinning in my head as we traveled from the airport to Laleh Hotel, where we had to stay. In the meantime, we passed the Azadi Tower, the symbol of Tehran, which we had seen the night before. It continued to radiate its white light. I also remembered the visit to the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, and the honorary company that honored us in front of him. More about them, as well as the day in Isfahan you can check out HERE

The Organization for Islamic Culture and Relations

It was quite natural for our first business meeting in Iran to be with our hosts of the Organization for Islamic Culture and Relations. It has subsidiaries in more than 60 countries, one of which is the Cultural Representation of the IR Iran Embassy in Sofia. At its headquarters we were welcomed by its vice-president, Mr. Abbas Khameyar, Mrs. Sedighe Hejazi - Director of the Women and Family Directorate, Mr. Khalaj Monfared - Director of the European and American Directorate and Mr. Nouri, who was said to be the "pillar of Bulgaria" in the organization and who had just returned from a two-month stay in our country. Already at the beginning of our conversation with Mr. Abbas Khameyar we mentioned Mr. Mohammad Ali Kiani - the Cultural Advisor and Head of the Cultural Representation of IR Iran in Sofia. He jokingly said, "Mr. Kiani is not only a cultural attaché of Iran in Bulgaria but also of Bulgaria in Iran." And to our statement- that thanks to him Iran is seriously present in our social and cultural life; he immediately replied: "Mr. Kiani really played a huge role in stimulating and expanding the cultural exchanges between our countries". Here I will just add that the visit of our journalistic delegation to Iran was an idea of Mr. Kiani. Our conversation with Mr. Abbas Khameyar touched various topics: the development of science, technology and nanotechnology (the average age of their scientists is 28), the Tehran megapolis, the city-village relations, the education system, poets and the people of culture. "I hope that during your stay in the Islamic Republic of Iran you will be able to get acquainted with the civilization, customs and norms of our society. Thank you for your presence on our territory" he said.

Mrs. Sedighe Hejazi, on whose invitation we were in the country, added: "Iran is a huge country and it cannot be seen within a few days. But there is a Persian proverb saying that if you cannot reach it all at once, you can enjoy it in small chunks". She also came to Bulgaria two years ago and said she saw a great deal of similarity between the family traditions in our countries. And our worries are the same - regarding the strength of the family, the late marriage, the reduction of birth rate. She was impressed by the Bulgarian women she met at the Sofia University conference that she attended. She emphasized the fact that the 63% of the students in the Iranian universities are women, 30% of the teachers in them are women too. She expressed her regret that in many countries there is not enough information about Iran. The fact that there are news that are not allowed to be publicized, especially if they refer to some peculiarities and achievements of the Iranian society. But in Bulgaria she noticed that there is information and she liked it. She has expressed her desire for our links in culture and journalism to continue to expand. And she shared that her colleagues tried to make the program in a way so that we can meet women from different spheres of the Iranian society - public, scientific, educational, journalistic...

In the Newsroom of the Ettelaat Newspaper

In translation its name means "Information". Our visit in the newsroom was one of the things that impressed me in Tehran. The Iranians respect their history and show the respect it in the newspaper. This was reflected in the stories of the colleagues, in the way they keep the past, in their respect for the elderly who contributed to the development of the newspaper over the years.

The story of the press in Iran is about 150-years-old, but naturally the first issues have long been closed. The newspaper Ettelaat is the oldest in the country. It was founded by a member of the Parliament - Massoudi in 1926, and for sixteen years it has fully established itself in the market and has become a serious press group. Our colleagues told us that in times they had editions in different languages ​​- Persian, English, French and Arabic. They were publishing about 10 newspapers and several magazines. Since the 1979 Revolution, some have stopped. But new projects are starting. Currently there are about 8 editions. The Ettelaat newspaper is the most important among them as a multifunctional daily with over 270 representations in Iran. A few months ago they had an international London-based edition, but for financial reasons they stopped it.

The headquarters of the Ettelaat newspaper and its press group spread over a vast territory of 26 hectares. Even the street where it is situated bears its name. "We have also helped to build it with our own means" – said appraisingly the colleague who was leading us. We went out onto a large terrace, from which a wide view was revealed, with the territory of Ettelaat and the neighborhood around. He showed us the most important sights and we could see how new constructions were "boiling". Then we looked at the big solemn hall of the press group with its beautiful scene, and another, smaller for conferences, we went through different departments where our colleagues worked and finally came the most interesting - the newspaper museum. The exhibits nostalgically reminded of the first steps of the press. When there were no computers, but there was enthusiasm. We also saw their modern printing house - modern, clean, well-organized. There we met one of its veterans - a decent man already in retirement. He has become part of it just as the modern has become one with history. Everyone in Ettelaat was glad to welcome guests from Bulgaria. They gave us some of their editions, a disc with the story of the newspaper. We talked on many topics, we compared stories. This also continued during the lunch that our colleagues gave us at the newspaper's restaurant. The place impressed us both with its design and the good food. We left happy and enriched. They were already waiting to meet us

The ladies from the Women's Center

Mrs. Firouzfar, director of the Women's Center for Women's Communion at the Tehran Community, welcomed us with a good smile. Although working in the public sphere, she has completed a study in high technology. She told us that the Center's goal is to help women in a difficult situation - widows (in Iran, their percentage is high, it is among the 40 countries with more than 1 million widows), those with sick, unemployed or imprisoned men. The type of help they are given is very different - educational, medical, consultative, legal, etc. To facilitate the work of the Center, an electronic database system has been developed that contains a great deal of information and which she proudly presented to us. Through it, they find work for women – often done at home so that they can take care of their children; familiarize them with employment programs, training offered to acquire a specialty, and then keep an eye on their development and even that of their children. The system covers many details. And it is designed to connect all 22 regions of Tehran. Each of them has a representative of the Center with access to the system that registers and finds work for every woman in need.
The Center also has a publishing activity – it publishes materials related to the status and rights of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mrs. Firouzfar showed some of them. She also showed items made by the women who have found work to do from home: jewelry of exquisite silver filigree, children's and ladies' garments, souvenirs ... Our eyes were filled with beauty. And then, along with the little presents we got, we headed for the office of

The website: www.mehrkhaneh.com

In it there are journalists who are specialists in women's issues. The editor-in-chief told us: "Our site works purposefully on women's issues. It shows their problems, the obstacles they encounter and offers solutions for them. It helps them exchange experiences with women from other countries. That's why your presence here is very valuable to us. We will be able to learn more about the Bulgarians. Many of the problems faced by women are common in the whole world. Our site was created after the 1979 Revolution. After it, the situation has changed a lot in favor of women - we have achieved certain successes in the field of education, employment and health. In this direction, the state has greatly helped. And the family is a very important factor for the Iranian people and the Iranian women are trying to fulfill their obligations to it."

When only women are gathered, the talk does not end. We spoke about family, children, gender equality, high-ranked working women, their social activity, balancing their functions as wives and mothers with their career development. We shared that in Bulgaria we have a demographic problem and that young people postpone marriage and give birth later in life. "There was such a thing in Iran in the 1970s. Women were engaged in work and were getting either later married or not at all. But now the trend is the opposite. The new generation of Iranians seems to be looking to commit to this earlier. Seeing their older sisters who did not have time for children and family, they first marry, then study and build a career. And in our country the women have financial support. Their financial rights in marriage are governed by family law". We have said that women often find a better job in our country and are more financially strong than men. We also shared that parents often help the young families. And that many couples live without marriage on a family basis. "In Iran, these cases are rare, families do not allow this to happen. Here the role of the parents is very important, they decide" - shared the editor-in-chief.

After that day, saturated with meetings, our hosts returned us to the hotel. But only moments later, we found ourselves out again in the park next to it, which was also named "Laleh". We were accompanied by our interpreter – Hamed Hossein Motaji Kajori, an intelligent young man with a cheerful character and a developed sense of humor. We immediately saw in front of us the

Museum of Contemporary Art

And we dived in its halls while it was still open. And here, as everywhere in the world, contemporary art was interesting, strange and innovative. Passing from exponent to exponent, we were sincerely entertained, and when we went out it was already getting dark.

We walked through the park lanes. It was full of people - youngsters who were doing sports, couples walking... Like all the Tehran parks it was very well maintained. Its water space attracted us. Then, in the dark, Omar Khayyam's monument emerged before us. The most famous Persian poet... We took a photo of us in front of him.

In IRNA and the School of Journalism

Earlier in the morning at the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), we met with its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mohammad Khodadi. He is one of the people who look towards the next century. Extremely erudite, highly professional and cosmopolitan, this man outlines strategies for years ahead in the agency's future.

IRNA was established in 1934 by the Foreign Ministry of Persia as the official source of news from Iran and the world. Today it has 60 offices in the country and around 30 abroad, thousands of employees, a separate institute and printed publications - newspapers and magazines in several languages. It's also strong in the social media. Its motto is "Speed, Accuracy, Precision".

As the exchange of information is concerned, IRNA has signed contracts for this with different countries, including Bulgaria. Mr. Mohammad Khodadi knows our country; he has good memories from his visit last year and excellent relations with BTA and its General Director, Mr. Maxim Minchev. "Today there are no boundaries and limitations to what concerns the exchange of information. It does not matter whether you are in Sofia or elsewhere and what the time is. Even languages ​​are not so important. Information reaches everyone, anywhere in the world and anytime" - he said.

And as fellow journalists we embarked on the problems of contemporary journalism. Changes in media technology are enormous. "We are convinced that the future of the media is in mobile devices. Radio, television, newspapers, everything will be in them... We need to understand our time... And in it speed is important. We need to be ready to quickly and accurately reflect things. Everything changes in the broad sense of the term; for example, the style of writing. Today no one will read your long report. People want to read brief, light and reliable information. That is why we give half of the information in writing, and the rest in pictures... All of this is a consequence of the changes in the infrastructure and that is why we have teams dealing with those." In our technological era, they are doing research on "providing specialized services in dissemination of information. Such as info-graphics and motion-graphics, which are among the current IRNA programs that are designed to rapidly meet the needs of the news."

A little later we found ourselves at the School of Journalism of IRNA. There we met Mr. Amir Afzadi, in charge of International Relations. He showed us the memoir, an album on the occasion of an anniversary of the Institute, illustrating its achievements over the years. In it we saw its professors, the alumni who got high within the society, the bright moments of its history, its divisions, and its important guests from the country and abroad. Photographs were made by students of the institute. From the conversation with Mr. Afzadi, we realized that the graduates here do not have a problem finding jobs - they either go to the media or in institutions that need photographers and media professionals. In the institute future journalists specialize in various fields: political and social news, Iranian society, cultural and communication issues, photo journalism and advertising. It also has 5 divisions in different cities in Iran.

Active, open for talks and cooperation, our colleagues also showed interest in Bulgaria and our Faculty of Journalism at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ".

Mehr News Agency

In translation its name means "goodness". It is private, and has been publishing news since 2003; initially in Farsi and English language and a little later in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and German. The meeting was attended by the Director of International Relations - Mr. Hamid Reza Gholamzadeh and the Foreign News Director General -Mohammad Ghaderi. We talked about the historical issues related to the Iranian and European identity. And more about the agency's priorities - society, culture, sport. They have, of course, columns of news from Iran and the world. They have agreements with news agencies from 13 countries and they are striving to expand bilateral co-operation. They are also interested in Bulgaria and the news from our country, especially in connection with the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency in the Council of the European Union.

The National Museum of Iran

We visited it between two of the meetings during the day. It is the largest museum in the country related to the history and archeology of one of the oldest states, founded in 3200 BC. In its halls we enjoyed a variety of interesting exhibits that few museums in the world have. Its two major parts, the Ancient and the Islamic Era, contain about 300,000 artefacts, from the Paleolith, through Ancient Persia till the late Islam. We were mostly impressed by the exhibits from the time of Darius I.

The next two days, Thursday and Friday, were free. In Iran they are, like the weekend for Europe. That's why we set out to visit museums and walk around the city.

On Thursday morning we headed for

The Golestan Palace

This splendor is located right in the heart of Tehran's historic center. In Bulgarian its name would be translated as "The Palace of Roses". Built during the 16th-century dynasty, this beautiful complex is one of the oldest in the city. Over the centuries, various expansions and additions have been made. It was once the residence of the Persian rulers of the Qajar dynasty. Today it is a museum that impresses with its beautiful gardens and the extremely picturesque mosaics on the walls. Its style is a combination of traditional Persian architectural elements with some European from the 18th century. The genuine masterpiece, the “Golestan”, is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

We also visited the Carpet Museum. The motifs stood before us one after another, and fascinated our eyes - floral, with birds, with different scenes; from all the periods of carpet craft development, from all its centres in Iran.

Then we climbed the slopes of Mount Alborz to the tourist area of "Darband". The color of nature here is like the patterns on the Persian carpets - picturesque, warm and lovely. The area is full of restaurants, in one of which we ate, enjoying the view in front of us. And then we went down to

The Cultural Historical Complex of Saadabad

I had heard about it and I had connected it mostly with the Pahlavi dynasty and the notorious splendor it had lived in. That's why my impatience to see it was great. But I did not expect something so huge. The complex spreads over an area of ​​110 hectares and consists of 18 palaces and a pavilion, immersed in a uniquely beautiful garden. In fact, the construction of Saadabad began during the last Shah of the Qajar Dynasty at the beginning of the 19th century. It continued with the Pahlavi. Shah Reza Pahlavi lived there during the 20s of the 20thcentury and his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - during the 1970s. After the revolution, the area became a museum run by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization.

Now, here is Shah Ahmad's Palace, the Green Palace /Shah Reza Pahlavi lived in it/, the White Palace, the Special House /currently used by the President of the country/. In some of the palaces there are museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Shahs’ Apparel, the Museum of the Shahs’ Cars, the Museum of Shahs’ Weapons, the Military Museum, the Museum of Beshad, the Calligraphy Museum etc. Others are used by the President and the government for the reception of foreign statesmen who have come to an official visit to the country. And there are so many remarkable works of art are scattered throughout the park!

The overwhelming day ended with our ascend to the

Milad Tower

Sixteenth in height in the world with its 435 m, it is one of the prides for the Tehran residents. Inside it impresses with its brilliance and luxury. The tower is a favorite place not only for tourists who look at the city above but also for young people. It attracts them with its shops, attractions, restaurants... The Iranians themselves define the "Milad" as a symbol of their civilization, culture and art.

It was Friday

February 10 - the national holiday of Iran

On this day the Iranians celebrated the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. According to IRNA, the holiday was celebrated solemnly in 5,000 cities across the country. Many political leaders also visited the Azadi Square, where the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traditionally made a speech in front of the people. About 6,000 journalists from all over the world covered the solemn ceremony.

And in the morning we went to see the festive procession or at least part of it. The huge boulevard to the Azadi Tower, as well as, those that lead to it were closed for cars and were overflowed with people. Thousands went to join the procession. Here and there were stalls, offering all sorts of goods - flags, balloons, flowers, small items ... But there were also things to eat - candies, boiled red beets, nuts, olives and more. We tried to get closer to the main boulevard, but it was difficult. Finally, thanks to our hosts, we succeeded. We climbed on a pedestrian bridge over the boulevard - the view from there was the best. Waves of people were moving slowly in both directions. Most of them were families. We noticed, not just during the procession that the Iranian families have one or two children, no more than that. There were, of course, groups of youngsters and veterans. Most of them wore small flags, but they also held the portraits of the two leaders in their hands - I have Khomeini and I have Khamenei. When they noticed that we were foreigners, many of them came to us, asking us where we were from, treating us with sweets. They were glad that we were Bulgarians; everyone knew something about our country – about the athletes, about the products, about the events. I thought that people here read a lot. In fact, I noticed that for the Iranians there is a cult of knowledge, something they may have inherited from ancient Persia. That was what I found out later during the day, in the crowded museums. On the occasion of the national holiday, they were all open to visitors for free.

The House-museum of Imam Khomeini

It is located in the northern part of the city, in the foothills of Mount Alborz, where the altitude is over 2000 m. As we move to it, the urban landscape changes. It was obvious that the wealthier neighbourhoods of the city were located here. Each building was impressive with its exquisite architecture - a combination of Persian and modern style. So when we reached the house of Imam Khomeini we were struck by its modesty - both internal and external. On a bridge from its door, the leader went to the mosque in the front where he preached to the people. We went into it. There was a short film about his life. And then we went to the museum with its director. He gave us a poetry collection of Khomeini's poetry in English, as, apart from the leader of the Islamic Revolution, the Imam was also a poet.

And then, after having lunch at the Gilar Restaurant in the neighborhood, we headed to one of Tehran's markets in that area. The hosts assured us that at Tajrish Bazaar will be much calmer than in the well-known center of the city and we agreed. I think I have never seen and tasted fruits that were sweeter, vegetables that were more delicate and nuts that were more delicious! We looked at them bewitched, we tried them and we took photos. We also visited the mosque in the market. The colorful picture captivated us.

The Tehran Peace Museum

And here we are the next morning in front of Tehran's famous "City Park". We walked into it, enjoying the morning's tranquility along its paths, and waking the pink pelicans around the water mirror. Only moments later a modern and neat building emerged in front of us - the Peace Museum. On a pedestal in front of its entrance, we saw a sculptured white pigeon - in perfect harmony with the park.

We went in. Its director met us, a scholarly and wise man. Lost his feet in the war with Iraq, he dedicated his life to the propaganda of peace. He personally showed us around the perfectly-maintained museum, familiarizing us with its history and activities. The frames and exhibits we have seen are breathtaking. Everything the human mind has devised for destruction can be seen as a consequence. And the director's story about the war victims around the world shook us. He reminded us of the great human tragedies resulting from: the First World War chemical weapons, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs, the US war in Vietnam, the Iran-Iraq war, the US war in Afghanistan, NATO in Yugoslavia, and others.

"Around the world there are 150 peace-related museums, 24 of which, quite logically, are in Japan", said the director. The idea of founding TPM began with a conversation between the founders of the Tehran-based Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) and a coordinator for the International Network of Museums for Peace in 2005. It began operating in a building provided by the Tehran Municipality, and was moved to the present location in 2010, after it has been completely renovated.

The Alzahra University

We were welcomed in it by Dr. Parichehr Hanachi, Director of the International Academic Collaborations Office and Professor of Clinical Biochemistry.

She told us about the development and activities of the most comprehensive women's university in the Middle East, enjoying high ratings and great respect. Founded in 1964 as "High School for Girls with 90 Students," after the Islamic Revolution, it was named "Alzahra" in the name of the daughter of the Holy Prophet - Mohammed. Today, the university offers in its 10 faculties 51 bachelor's, 80 master programs and 31 types of post-graduate studies for nearly 10,000 students. The teaching staff is at a high level. Students from Iran, like in all Iranian state universities, pay nothing for their training, and those from other countries - only fees.

The University has two campuses, a technology incubation center, three training centers, an art gallery and an educational center. At students’ disposal there are laboratories, sites and professional workshops, theaters, swimming pools, restaurants, fitness halls, banks, post offices and kindergartens on an area of ​​14 hectares. The students enjoy easy access to other universities, libraries, museums, shopping centers and parks as the university is located in the center of the bustling capital. And we took advantage of this. Immediately after lunch in its lovely restaurant, we dipped into the atmosphere of

The National Library and Archives of the IR of Iran

The smiling employee who welcomed us gladly showed us around. The new building of the library is huge - on 8 floors and 97 000 sq. m! One can smell in it both the smell of books that can be taken from the open shelves in the halls, and the dominance of new technologies that have already conquered the sphere of knowledge preservation.

Historically everything starts with a small collection of books gathered in a Tehran school which it organized in a library in 1864. But it will become the core of the National Library, which opened 73 years later - in 1939. Over time, it accumulated history and experience - it moved to different buildings, gathered unique books and materials.

Today, the new library building is considered one of the symbols of the modernization of the country. It is designed to accommodate the eight important centres for libraries, management, helpdesk, parking, and more. It has the ability to adapt to the development of technology, especially in the IT sector. There are up to 7 million books in its core. So far there are 2.3 million printed works, 38,000 manuscripts in Arabic and Persian, 35,000 lithographs, 60,000 other units - microfilms, CDs, facsimiles, etc. And more: research papers, periodical press, over 9,000 digitization of rare papers, and others. With the help of modern equipment, the books are transported from storage to the point of delivery. And the activities of the library are numerous.

But the rare exhibit room was the most exciting for us. We saw unique manuscripts and books in Persian and other languages; among them was the world's largest Quran, one of the oldest bibles, the Omar Khayyam Metal Book, etc. And while we were looking at them, our hosts found a book in Bulgarian about Iran.

How unnoticeably quick our days in Tehran passed. The day of departure came. But before we took the plane to Bulgaria, we had one more - a last and exciting visit ...

The Islamic Parliament of Iran

In front of its doors we saw groups of people - students, women, foreigners. When we asked what they were doing here, the hosts replied that their parliament was open for visits every day and for everyone. You just need to pre-order this. The building of the parliament - both inside and outside is the last word of architecture, a fine combination of Persian lines with modern solutions. The meeting room is unique. It consists of two semi-circular rows. In the first, closer to the stand the deputies are sitting. In front of each there is a computer and simultaneous translation equipment, if necessary. In the second are the visitors. We settled there too. On the rostrum a MP spoke. When he was over, at one point on a big screen behind him, the guests of the parliament for that day were shown. They reported and showed us too- the Bulgarian journalists. But there were delegations from many other countries and regions.

After watching the parliamentary process, they invited us to another meeting room with the Members of the Friendship Group with Bulgaria. Its chairman, Dr. Mohamad Vahdati Halan explained that the number of their parliamentarians is 290, of which 70 are women. He presented the Iranian parliamentary system in general, and then answered all our questions, which were on a variety of topics. He stressed that in Iran health and education are accessible to everyone; that higher education is free to Iranians; that all villages are electrified; that minorities are well represented in parliament. The Ashram MP added that the Christian Ashur population in Iran is about 20,000 people; they have their own churches and freely follow the Christian religion. Finally, Dr. Mohamad Vahdati Halan called for the sanctions to be detached against Iran and said, "Pass the voice of our people to your country".

Our next meeting was with representatives of the Group of Women in the Parliament. Its head - Mrs. Salahshour, and her three colleagues attending the meeting explained that women in Iran work mostly in the fields of education, health, culture. But their role in economics and politics is also growing. Particularly high growth marks their presence in the political elite. But also in the cinema industry, the theatre and contemporary art. Our conversation with these extremely intelligent women continued on the lunch they gave us at the Parliament's restaurant.

We drove to the Imam Khomeini Airport, flowing into the huge stream of cars on the way to it. I was trying to catch the last pictures of the Iranian capital with my camera. We arrived at our terminal, one of the sixth at the largest airport in West Asia. It was full of people. In the lobby, large groups of men watched a game - it seemed important, judging by their emotional behaviour. In fact, football's passion, as all over the world, has completely conquered the male sex.

These are just a few strokes from the life of modern Iran. A country we have listened a lot about. Its name is daily in the world media, and almost nothing is known about it. And it is a huge universe - colourful and versatile, majestic and exquisite, ancient and modern, different, unforgettable ... I described what I saw and a bit of what I felt.

The material was realized thanks to the cooperation and support of the Cultural Representation at the Embassy of IR Iran in Sofia and the Organization of Islamic Culture and Relations in Tehran.

Photos: "Diplomatic Spectrum"


First row: a look at Tehran from the Milad Tower
; the Azad Tower; the Mausoleum of the Imam Khomeini

Second row: the meeting in the Organization for Islamic Culture and Relations from left to right: Mr. N
ouri, Dr. Khalaj Monfared - Director of the European and American Directorate and Dr. Abbas Khameyar, Deputy Chairman of the Organization; our delegation with Ms. Pur Ali, Ms. Sedighe Hejazi, Director-General of the Women and Family Directorate and Dr Abbas Khameyar; in the editorial of the Ettelaat newspaper and its museum

Third row: Ms Firouzfar, Director of the Women's Center of the Tehran Municipality; Editor-in-Chief of the website www.mehrkhaneh.com
; the University of Alzahra with Dr. Parichehr Hanachi


Fourth row: The Museum of Contemporary Art
; along the alleys of the Tulip Park; the monument of Omar Khayyam; the tower "Milad"


Fifth row: Mr. Mohammad Khodadi, General Director
of IRNA; in one of its halls; at the Journalism Institute; at the Mehr news agency,


Sixth row: exhibit from the National Museum, depicting the scene with Darius I
; at the Golestan palace; exhibit from the Carpet Museum


Seventh row: Darban
d Tourist Area; Saadabad Cultural and Historic Complex: "Museum of Master Marmad's Calligraphy Museum" (once the building was the residence of the children of the Shah), a salon at the Melat Palace Museum (White Palace), the Statue of the Arasha shooter"


Eighth row: the national holiday
; the Imam Khomeini House Museum; the Museum of Peace

Ninth row: vegetables and saffron at Tajrish
Bazaar; traditional restaurant

Tenth row: The Metal Book of Omar Khayyam's verses in the National Library
; the Iranian Parliament; General Views from Tehran