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December 28, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Actors re-enact 7th century battle of Kerbala during "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura...
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Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Picture taken on December 27. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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December 28, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Actors wearing symbolic dresses wait to re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during Ashura festival...
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Actors wearing symbolic dresses wait to re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Picture taken on December 27. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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December 28, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Iranian Shi'ite woman watches as men carry a huge religious symbol during Ashura festival in Yazd
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An Iranian Shi'ite woman watches as men carry a huge religious symbol during Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Picture taken on December 27. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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December 28, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd...
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Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Picture taken on December 27. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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December 28, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite Muslims watch a tent burn as they re-enact the battle of Kerbala in Yazd
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Shi'ite devotees watch a symbolic tent burn as they re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. Picture taken on December 27. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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December 27, 2009
An Iranian Shi'ite woman takes part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of...
Yazd, Iran
An Iranian Shi'ite woman takes part in the Ashura festival in Yazd
An Iranian Shi'ite woman takes part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)
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December 27, 2009
An actor takes part in a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious...
Yazd, Iran
An actor takes part in a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious...
An actor takes part in a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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RTR28DGT
December 27, 2009
The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh"...
Yazd, Iran
The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala in Yazd
The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
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December 27, 2009
Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd,...
Yazd, Iran
Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd...
Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY)
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December 27, 2009
An actor (bottom) re-enacts the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre...
Yazd, Iran
Actor re-enacts 7th century battle of Kerbala during "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura...
An actor (bottom) re-enacts the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28DGL
December 27, 2009
Shi'ite devotees perform self-flagellation using chains during Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite devotees perform self-flagellation using chains during Ashura festival in Yazd
Shi'ite devotees perform self-flagellation using chains during Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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RTR28CYQ
December 26, 2009
Shi'ite women walk past a religious flag hanging by a wall of a mosque during Tasoua, a day ahead of...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite women walk past a religious flag hanging by a wall of a mosque during Tasoua, a day ahead of...
Shi'ite women walk past a religious flag hanging by a wall of a mosque during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28CYO
December 26, 2009
A Shi'ite woman looks on as she takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura,...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite woman looks on as she takes part religious ceremony during Tasoua, day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd...
A Shi'ite woman looks on as she takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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RTR28CYL
December 26, 2009
A Shi'ite woman takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite woman takes part religious ceremony during Tasoua, day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd
A Shi'ite woman takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28CYI
December 26, 2009
A Shi'ite woman hands nuts to her son at a mosque as they take part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua,...
Yazd, Iran
A Shi'ite woman hands nuts to her son at a mosque as they take part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua,...
A Shi'ite woman hands nuts to her son at a mosque as they take part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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RTR28CYC
December 26, 2009
A Shi'ite woman sits at a mosque as she takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite woman sits at mosque as she takes part religious ceremony during Tasoua, day ahead of Ashura
A Shi'ite woman sits at a mosque as she takes part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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RTR28CY5
December 26, 2009
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles)...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAN/
RTR28CY4
December 26, 2009
Shi'ite women take part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite women take part religious ceremony during Tasoua, day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd
Shi'ite women take part in a religious ceremony during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28CY3
December 26, 2009
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles)...
Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd
Shi'ite devotees beat themselves during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28CR5
December 26, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance...
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Tasoua, a day before Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: RELIGION)
IRAN/
RTR28CR4
December 26, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance...
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Tasoua, a day before Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: RELIGION)
IRAN/
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December 26, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance...
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

Actors re-enact the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Tasoua, a day before Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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December 26, 2009
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Yazd, Iran
Shi'ite devotees perform self-flagellation using chains during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd...
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

Shi'ite devotees perform self-flagellation using chains during Tasoua, a day ahead of Ashura, in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 26, 2009. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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November 06, 2008
The minarets of a mosque are seen in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren...
Yazd, Iran
The minarets of a mosque are seen in Yazd
The minarets of a mosque are seen in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN INVESTOR/
RTXABDD
November 06, 2008
A family walks past an old building with wind towers in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October...
Yazd, Iran
A family walks past an old building with wind towers in Yazd
A family walks past an old building with wind towers in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN INVESTOR/
RTXABDC
November 06, 2008
A shopkeeper waits for customers in front of his yarn shop at the Bazaar in Yazd, 700 kilometers south...
Yazd, Iran
A shopkeeper waits for customers in front of his yarn shop at the Bazaar in Yazd
A shopkeeper waits for customers in front of his yarn shop at the Bazaar in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN INVESTOR/
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November 06, 2008
A family enters the Chakhmagh mosque in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren...
Yazd, Iran
A family enters the Chakhmagh mosque in Yazd
A family enters the Chakhmagh mosque in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN INVESTOR/
RTXABDA
November 06, 2008
Children repair copper cooking pots at the Bazaar in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15,...
Yazd, Iran
Children repair copper cooking pots at the Bazaar in Yazd
Children repair copper cooking pots at the Bazaar in Yazd, 700 kilometers south of Tehran October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN-INVESTOR/
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November 06, 2008
Mosques are pictured in the skyline of Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As...
Yazd, Iran
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Mosques are pictured in the skyline of Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
The wind towers from old houses are pictured in the skyline of Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran,...
Yazd, Iran
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The wind towers from old houses are pictured in the skyline of Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
Tourists take pictures of the Grand Mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008....
Yazd, Iran
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Tourists take pictures of the Grand Mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
The facade of the Chakhmagh mosque is seen in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008....
Yazd, Iran
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The facade of the Chakhmagh mosque is seen in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
The facade of the Grand Mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some...
Yazd, Iran
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The facade of the Grand Mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
A house is pictured before renovation is complete to convert it into a traditional hotel in Yazd, 700...
Yazd, Iran
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A house is pictured before renovation is complete to convert it into a traditional hotel in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, Sebastian Straten is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
Sebastian Straten listens during an interview with Reuters in Tehran October 15, 2008. As some Western...
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Sebastian Straten listens during an interview with Reuters in Tehran October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, the entrepreneurial Dutchman is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
Sebastian Straten listens during an interview with Reuters in Tehran October 15, 2008. As some Western...
Tehran, Iran
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Sebastian Straten listens during an interview with Reuters in Tehran October 15, 2008. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, the entrepreneurial Dutchman is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. Straten is developing a small-scale hotels venture in the central city of Yazd, renowned for its labyrinth of lanes between old mudbrick buildings and 'windcatcher' towers designed to cool houses in the desert heat. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)
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November 06, 2008
A general view of the Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd, 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of Tehran October...
Yazd, Iran
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A general view of the Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd, 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of Tehran October 15, 2008. To match feature IRAN-INVESTOR/ REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi waves after speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the work...
Yazd, Iran
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi waves after speaking at a ceremony in Yazd
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi waves after speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the work of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Yazd,700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi pushes up his glasses as he speaks at a ceremony to commemorate...
Yazd, Iran
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi pushes up his glasses as he speaks at a ceremony in Yazd
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi pushes up his glasses as he speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the work of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
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October 15, 2008
Bishop John Bryson Chane from the Diocese of Washington walks outside the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km...
Yazd, Iran
Bishop John Bryson Chane from the Diocese of Washington walks outside the main mosque in Yazd
Bishop John Bryson Chane from the Diocese of Washington walks outside the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. Former world Various leaders are in Yazd to attend the glorification ceremony for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
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October 15, 2008
Bishop John Bryson Chane from the Diocese of Washington steps out of the door of a room at a traditional...
Yazd, Iran
Bishop Chane from the Diocese of Washington steps out of the door of a traditional hotel in Yazd
Bishop John Bryson Chane from the Diocese of Washington steps out of the door of a room at a traditional hotel in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. Former world leaders are in Yazd to attend the glorification ceremony for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (R) speaks with former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin...
Yazd, Iran
Former Italian Prime Minister Prodi speaks with former French Prime Minister Jospin at a traditional...
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (R) speaks with former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin at a traditional hotel in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. Former leaders are in Yazd to attend the glorification ceremony for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
RTX9LAM
October 15, 2008
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi laughs before the start of a ceremony to commemorate the work...
Yazd, Iran
Former Italian Prime Minister Prodi laughs before the start of a ceremony in Yazd
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi laughs before the start of a ceremony to commemorate the work of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
RTX9LA6
October 15, 2008
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the work of former Iranian...
Yazd, Iran
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi speaks at a ceremony in Yazd
Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the work of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (2nd R) waves at the end of a ceremony to commemorate his work...
Yazd, Iran
Former Iranian President Khatami waves at the end of a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (2nd R) waves at the end of a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
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October 15, 2008
Former Irish President Mary Robinson looks at the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran,...
Yazd, Iran
Former Irish President Mary Robinson looks at the main mosque in Yazd
Former Irish President Mary Robinson looks at the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. Former world leaders are in Yazd to attend the glorification ceremony for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km...
Yazd, Iran
Former Iranian President Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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October 15, 2008
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km...
Yazd, Iran
Former Iranian President Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
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October 15, 2008
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km...
Yazd, Iran
Former Iranian President Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami speaks at a ceremony to commemorate his work in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
IRAN/
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October 15, 2008
Former Irish President Mary Robinson looks at the door of the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles)...
Yazd, Iran
Former Irish President Robinson looks at door of main mosque in Yazd
Former Irish President Mary Robinson looks at the door of the main mosque in Yazd, 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, October 15, 2008. Various leaders are in Yazd to attend the glorification ceremony for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN)
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June 18, 2006
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on the edge of the desert in central Iran near the city of Yazd, 677 km...
Yazd, Iran
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on edge of desert in Iran
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on the edge of the desert in central Iran near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles) southeast of Tehran June 16, 2006. Chak chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK9C
June 17, 2006
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK96
June 17, 2006
Zoroastrians pray in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrians pray in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
Zoroastrians pray in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK93
June 17, 2006
A Zoroastrian man attends a traditional religious ceremony in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrian man attends a traditional religious ceremony in Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
A Zoroastrian man attends a traditional religious ceremony in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK8Z
June 17, 2006
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
Zoroastrians pray around a fireplace in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK8U
June 17, 2006
A Zoroastrian man prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrian man prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
A Zoroastrian man prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK8R
June 17, 2006
A Zoroastrian girl prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrian girl prays in Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
A Zoroastrian girl prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK8K
June 17, 2006
A Zoroastrian man prays in the Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd,...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrian man prays in the Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
A Zoroastrian man prays in the Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK8A
June 17, 2006
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on the edge of the desert in central Iran near the city of Yazd, 677 km...
Yazd, Iran
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on the edge of the desert in central Iran near the city of Yazd
The shrine of Chak Chak lies on the edge of the desert in central Iran near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
IRAN
RTR1EK83
June 17, 2006
A Zoroastrian woman prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd,...
Yazd, Iran
Zoroastrian woman prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak
A Zoroastrian woman prays in a Zoroastrian temple in Chak Chak, central Iran, near the city of Yazd, 677 km (420 miles), southeast of Tehran, June 16, 2006. Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central, is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. Every year on June 14-18, thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other parts of the world meet at the Zoroastrian fire temple. Picture taken June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN)
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