Day 13 - Thu 18th
Guided city tour of
Shaking Minarets &
The Armenian (Christian) area was set up by
refugees after the Armenians were invaded and massacred by the Turks in the
last century. They were allowed to keep their religion in Iran but had
to build their church (below) in the design of a mosque. The paintings of
martyrdom, cruelty and nudity were of interest as they contrast si much from
the modesty and kindness felt throughout the local people.
Shaking minarets, Another tourist attraction where these minarets move when
shaken at the right frequency. Definitely a curiosity the group wanted
to check out.
At a predetermined time a (pretty strong) man climbed into the space at the
top of the minaret and began throwing himself with force back and forward
then the structure actually began to sway (maybe 10cm). Interesting
but an anticlimax after the effort to get there on time.