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  • A Westerner couple pose for a photo at the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan on November 9, 2016. The Safavid-era Ali Qapu Palace in seen in the background. Today 14:17

    Isfahan marks monthly record for tourist visits

    Isfahan province hosted 123,000 foreign tourists in Ordibehesht - the second Iranian calendar month (April 21 – May 21) - the provincial tourism chief Rasoul Zargarpour said on Tuesday.

  • iran brazil co-op Today 13:06

    Iran, Brazil agree for an uplift in health co-op

    TEHRAN -- Iranian Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh-Hashemi and his Brazilian counterpart Ricardo Barros signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday to boost cooperation in the health sector.

  • A prehistoric Iranian gold griffin-headed armlet dating back to the Achaemenid era (c. 550 – 330 BC). Today 11:20

    Iranian goldsmiths show off skills at Florence Jewelry Week

    TEHRAN – Several Iranian goldsmiths are promoting their delicate expertise at the Florence Jewelry Week, which opened on May 24 in the very heart of the Italian city, the “Oltrarno” district near Santo Spirito Square.

  • A general view of Dombkouh archeological site in southeast Iran. Yesterday 17:40

    Archaeological probe finds prehistoric gravestones in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN – A team of archaeologists has bumped into 5000-year-old gravestones during its probe into an ancient necropolis in Sistan-Baluchestan province, southeast Iran.

  • paddy fields Yesterday 13:50

    Rice planting at paddy fields in northern Iran

    Female farmers work on paddy fields planting rice after the fields are ploughed in the northern city of Rasht.  Planting season begins in mid-spring when the weather gets warm in the region. Rice seeds are first planted close together in one flooded paddy and grows into seedlings that will be transplanted into paddy fields.

  • Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari 2017/05/24

    By Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari, MD, PhD

    Iranian traditional medicine prioritizes health maintenance over treatment

    Overlooking Iranian traditional medicine, the most ancient medicine in the world, both nationwide and worldwide is what has deprived the country not only from introducing its primeval medical advances but its rich culture to the world.

  • chemcheh gelin Yesterday 09:25

    Colorful Iran: “Chamcheh Gelin” rain-seeking ritual

    TEHRAN – The rain-seeking ritual “Chamcheh Gelin”, which literally means ‘spatula bride’, is performed traditionally in villages in the central Markazi province as well as in northwestern areas of the country.

  • left to say Yesterday 09:23

    LEFT TO SAY: The owner of window box

    Dear fellow citizen, Thank you for sharing colors and fresh mood with passersby in the street. It is very kind of you!

  • pejman azadi Yesterday 09:02

    By Setareh Behroozi

    Don’t neglect the power of flowers: academic

    TEHRAN – Keeping flowers and plants in home has psychological benefits, Pejman Azadi, president of the Iranian Society for Ornamental Plants said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times.

  • leopard injured in Paband national park 2017-05-23 20:05

    Leopard trapped in snare released back to wild

    TEHRAN — A leopard which had been trapped in a snare and injured on May 12 in the Paband National Park, the northern Mazandaran province, was released back to wild last week, Iran Environment and Wildlife Watch website reported.

  • Wooden boxes handcrafted with marquetry ornaments 2017-05-23 09:33

    Tehran exhibit highlights Iranian handicrafts

    TEHRAN – A patchwork of Iranian handicrafts have been put on show at the headquarters of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in line with a scheme that pursues encouraging the skills at various workplaces.

  • city council 2017-05-22 21:25

    Women win highest ever seats in Tehran council election

    TEHRAN – Six women have been elected to Tehran’s 5th city council election, registering a record high out of the total 21 members.

  • Tourists walk through the Persepolis archeological site in southern Iran. It was a ceremonial capital of Persian Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). 2017-05-22 20:31

    Travelers find absolute bargains whilst trekking in Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran is extraordinarily easy on the wallet since travel costs including the ones for food, accommodation and transportation are fairly low.

  • Travelers pose for a photo with a picturesque landscape of Iran’s Kurdistan province in the background. 2017-05-22 19:36

    Biological diversity vast potential for tourism thrive, job creation: expert

    TEHRAN – Iran’s considerable wealth of biological diversity and changing landscapes provide local communities with high potentials for creating jobs through attracting more travelers, an expert affiliated with the Department of Environment says.

  • whiteflies 2017-05-22 09:10

    Silverleaf whiteflies, unwelcome guests to the capital

    TEHRAN — It is boiling hot, you are desperate to get to the bus or subway station trying to evade the scorching sunlight while you should be maddeningly careful not to swallow or inhale the whiteflies flying in almost every direction around you.

  • wildlife conservation 2017/05/21

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Canine distemper virus wildlife mortal enemy

    Diseases are parts of life, but in a well-balanced ecosystem virulent epidemics are rare. Disease can even be beneficial to a population, weeding out old or weak animals. Problems occur when a population of animals is exposed to a new disease to which it has not had a chance to build up natural immunity.

  • dust 2017-05-21 09:30

    Dust storms hit Iran’s western provinces

    TEHRAN - Heavy dust storms hit the western and southwestern provinces of Iran, namely Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Lorestan, Khuzestan, and Bushehr on Saturday.

  • ICCROM Director-General Stefano De Caro (L) talks to Iran’s tourism chief Zahra Ahmadipour in Tehran, May 3, 2017. 2017-05-21 09:30

    Iran strengthens commitment to cultural heritage, ICCROM says

    TEHRAN – Iran reaffirms deeper commitment to preserving its cultural heritage as the country extends restorations projects to beyond its borderlines, the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) announced on its website on May 18.

  • tehran 2017-05-21 09:29

    Tehran records hottest day on Saturday

    TEHRAN -- As the mercury touched 35, Tehran experienced the hottest day since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20).

  • Lorestan newt 2017-05-21 09:26

    Salamander habitats monitoring schemes get underway

    TEHRAN — Iran has recently started implementing schemes with the aim of monitoring salamander habitats nationwide, IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

  • Handmade jewelry crafted by Iranian Turkmen nomads 2017-05-20 20:12

    Tehran exhibit features handmade Turkmen jewelry

    TEHRAN – An exhibition of exquisite jewelry crafted by Iranian Turkmen nomads opened to the public at the Niavaran Cultural-Historical Complex in northern Tehran on May 18, which marks the International Museum Day.

  • An undated picture released by Fars news agency shows a clergyman offering cookies to foreign travelers in the 17th-centuy Imam Mosque of Isfahan. 2017-05-20 17:04

    Iran lures more travelers from Spain

    TEHRAN – The visit of Spaniards to Iran has raised by more than double over the past four years, an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts organization says.

  • A man fills his sacks with damask roses he picks on the outskirts of Kashan May 3, 2017. 2017-05-17 19:52

    Rosewater festivals take center stage in central Iran

    TEHRAN - Each spring rosewater distillation ceremonies, known as Golab-giri, take center stage in central Iran, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Kashan and its neighboring towns and villages from early May to mid-June.

  • An exterior view of the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran 2017-05-17 19:28

    Tehran exhibit features rarely-seen historical relics

    TEHRAN – The National Museum of Iran has put on show a rarely-seen collection of its treasure trove in a month-long exhibit that opened to the public on Wednesday.

  • occupational fatalities 2017-05-17 19:28

    Deaths on the job increase 10% yr/yr

    TEHRAN – Workplace deaths in Iran increased by 10 percent in the past Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20), the Forensic Medicine Organization announced.

  • nature school 2017-05-17 19:28

    Iran’s nature schools create 500 jobs: official

    TEHRAN – Nature schools across Iran have created about 500 jobs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the chief of the department of environment announced on Tuesday, IRIB reported.

  • An undated photo shows foreign travelers at Tavasolian eco-lodge in Natanz, Ishafan province 2017-05-17 18:06

    Tourism body pushes for quality as eco-lodges thriving across Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization is stepping up efforts to improve the quality of countrywide eco-lodges that have been on the rise over the past couple of years.

  • Hassan Rouhani talks with commuters in a subway in Tehran to encourage people to use public transport to control air pollution 2017/05/17

    By Ali Mirchi and Kaveh Madani

    Will Iran's next president care enough to put the environment first?

    Four years ago one of the candidates in Iran’s presidential election made himself popular by promising to save Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes that was on the cusp of disappearing. Now, President Hassan Rouhani proudly recounts that promise, citing Urmia’s current state as an environmental success story made possible by prudent decision-making. Recent intense rainfalls and subsequent floods have come to Rouhani’s help, earning Urmia a spot on the catalogue of the accomplishments of his administration.

  • Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari 2017-05-17 08:31

    By Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari, MD, PhD

    Temperaments determine your lifestyle

    The Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine emphatically gives prominence to each individual’s temperament - or to use the Persian equivalent ‘Mizaj’- as a determining and key factor in deciding one’s lifestyle.

  • stone hunting 2017-05-17 08:30

    Colorful Iran: Stone hunting in Gilan

    Stone hunting is a ritual in the northern province of Gilan to make the water flow in shallow rivers.