Jan 04, 2020
Ordinary Iranians on Saturday responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's monstrous threat to strike sites "important to Iran and the Iranian culture" with an outpouring of photos highlighting their favorite mosques, museums, monuments, and other stunning architecture.
"Iranian cultural sites aren't only aesthetically awe-inspiring or visually pleasing, these sites are home to thought, dialogue, and life."
"Fastest way to unify all political factions in Iran against you is to assassinate the general who led Iran's fight against ISIS," tweetedIndependent correspondent Negar Mortazavi. "Fastest way to unify Iranians of all walks of life against you is to threaten to destroy their cultural heritage. Trump did both this week."
Using the hashtag #IranianCulturalSites, Iranians flooded Twitter with hundreds of photos of locations and structures imbued with personal and historical significance:
\u201c#IranianCulturalSites Let\u2019s tweet storm our favourite Iranian cultural sites:\nHere\u2019s my paternal hometown Kashan.. I loved the impromptu mini-concert taking advantage of the great acoustical elements courtesy of our incomparable architecture:\u201d— AtiehS (@AtiehS) 1578184485
-- Kimia Mirzaei (@KimiaMirzaeii) January 5, 2020
\u201c#IranianCulturalSites one of my favorites is Bagh e Fin in Kashan\u201d— Mahsa Rouhi (@Mahsa Rouhi) 1578191965
\u201cMy husband took this photo last year of people enjoying one of their #IranianCulturalSites in Isfahan, in his beloved, precious Iran.\u201d— Kylie Mirmohamadi (@Kylie Mirmohamadi) 1578213925
\u201cOne of my favorite #IranianCulturalSites is Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, located in my paternal hometown Shiraz! #NoWarOnIran\u201d— Harmony (@Harmony) 1578199708
\u201cOne of my favorite #IranianCulturalSites is Nas\u012br al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz mostly known as the \u201cPink Mosque\u201d.\nLook at this beautiful architecture and the dance of light and colours. \n\nStop this moron from destroying years of history, art and culture!!! #NoWarOnIran\u201d— Hajar Moradi (@Hajar Moradi) 1578195928
\u201cOne of my favorite #Iranianculturalsites\nthe breathtaking Persepolis\u201d— Bita Moghaddam \u0628\u064a\u062a\u0627 \u0645\u0642\u062f\u0645 (@Bita Moghaddam \u0628\u064a\u062a\u0627 \u0645\u0642\u062f\u0645) 1578195368
\u201c@yelmjouie @AtiehS My family\u2019s home in Shushtar, #iran that has now been turned into a museum. #iranianculturalsites\u201d— AtiehS (@AtiehS) 1578184485
\u201cAs a teenager visiting these two sites in #Iran truly moved me. I remember standing in the middle of both staring at the ceilings and being truly mesmerized by the intricate decorations. Imam Reza\u2019s shrine in Mashhad & Isfahan\u2019s Vank Cathedral. #IranianCulturalSites\u201d— Reza H. Akbari (@Reza H. Akbari) 1578197651
"Iranian cultural sites aren't only aesthetically awe-inspiring or visually pleasing, these sites are home to thought, dialogue, and life," said writer Neda Monem. "Precisely why a strike on a cultural site goes far beyond, and does not merely translate into, the demolition of a man-made structure."
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