Photos: Iran’s historic bazaar

Tehran’s Grand Baazar is a symbol of Iranian commerce. The azure that dominates Shia architecture, the Persian calligraphy and the Zoroastrian symbols adorning walls all testify to the beauty lying just below the surface of old Tehran, where the Grand Baazar provides more than just solace from the capital’s frenetic pace. The monuments, mosques and mausoleums, jutting out onto traffic-engulfed streets, also attest to Iran’s rich history. The Grand Bazaar is the biggest attraction of the old city, and has witnessed the cultural, social and economic changes of the Persian nation over the course of a thousand years – though many of its buildings are considerably more youthful than that.

By Aljazeera