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ISFAHAN, IRAN: Sahab Guide Map of Isfahan.



Detailed map of Isfahan, made by a “Father of Iran’S Cartography” Abbas Sahab. 

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Detailed map of Isfahan, printed in English and Persian, shows the map of the city in the beginning of the 1970s on one side and describes tourist information on the back. 

Marked are the most important tourist attractions. On August 11 1979 during the Iranian Revolution the symbols of Western culture and government buildings were burned.

Sahab – Father of Iran’s Cartography

The map was made by Addas Sahab (1921-2000), the so called “Father of Iran’s Cartography”

He was born in Fam, in Tafresh district in Iran. His father Ostad Abolghasem Sahab Tafreshi was a famous writer and author of about seventy titles on on historical, geographical, religious, cultural and artistic topics.

Addass Sahab devoted himself to cartography already during the time off his studies in Teheran. During his life he created more than  1,500 valuable works including maps, atlases, plates, scientific and medical illustrations, as well as geographical globes.

Sahab was very active on the international level. He was an an active member of the International Cartographic Association Between 1968-1971 he issued maps of other countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey.

In 1970 Sahab organised the First International Map Exhibition in the Tehran Teachers Training High School and in the next years he organised similar events in the other cities.

In his last years he dedicated himself to his monumental work: The Great Atlas of 14 Centuries of Islamic Arts in 20 volumes, of which the first volume was published in 2000.

After Sahab’s death the printing house was taken over by his sons and is still active today. Sahab’s unique library with thousands of volumes on cartography also survives intact today.


(Source: http://www.sahabmap.com/company_sahab_biography.htm

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