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One of the Twelve Gateways of Persia's Capital City

ONE OF THE TWELVE GATEWAYS OF PERSIA'S CAPITAL CITY

Though an ancient city Teheran lacks structures of antique architectural interest. During the nineteenth century, in the reign of Nasr-ed-Din Shah, the city was enclosed by a fine new wall and moat of a circuit of eleven miles, pierced here and there with lofty gateways, all adorned with intricate glazed-brick patterns, some depicting the exploits of the Persian national hero Rustum

Entering Kazvin by the Grandiose Teheran Gate

ENTERING KAZVIN BY THE GRANDIOSE TEHERAN GATE

This beautiful gateway, known as the Teheran Gate, and a fine modern hotel are perhaps the only imposing features of Kazvin, for most of the mosques and monuments of the town possess an air of ruin and decrepitude. This gateway is decorated with glazed-coloured bricks to form various patterns, and gives a touch of bright splendour to the squalor and monotony of the surroundings