And to think this country is on our country’s list to destroy.
What often gets left out in the discussions about war is the price humanity pays by losing so much of our cultural and historical record.
Look at pictures 4, 5, and 12.
In Granada, Spain, there is the Alhambra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is imposing, takes your breath away, and makes one wonder how in the hell they managed to build something like that so long ago.
But compared to what you see in the pictures mentioned above, the Alhambra is like a run-down Howard Johnsons Hotel. Almost all of the paint has faded, and all that is left is the red stone they used to build it. Yeah, it’s intricate and cool, but compared with these pictures?
Sorry Spain (and I do love you), not only were your primary architectural sites built by Muslims, but they managed to take a lot better care of those in their lands than you managed to do with the gifts they left behind in yours.
But in all fairness the architecture in Iran is intrinsic to the culture. It is still a living dynamic inseparable part of life while in Spain much of it has been relegated to tourist’s attractions, which is more like looking at something that died long ago.