An American in Iran

Iran's monuments are spellbinding. But the warmth and openness of the country's people is even more captivating.

From The Economist's 1843 magazine

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Selfie generation: A couple in Shotor Galou-e-shah Abbasi In Fin Garden, Isfahan Province, Kashan, Iran

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Paradise found: Cascading fountains in the Shazdeh gardens near Mahan

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In Isfahan and around the country, Iranians of all ages and backgrounds welcomed the author to their world

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Into the blue: Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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Iranian women pausing for pictures inside the Friday mosque, Isfahan province, Isfahan, Iran

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Iranian men clad in leather jackets in Ganjali bazaar, Central County, Kerman, Iran

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A family on a motorbike, Tehran

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A mother pushing her child in Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan

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Grand bazaar: The Imam Mosque at the southern end of Naqsh-e Jahan Square

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