Photos by Ahmad Jafari, Mehr News Agency
Many Iranians travel during the Norouz (Persian new year) holidays starting around March 20th. Bandar Abbas municipality has embarked on beautification of this southern Persian Gulf city in Iran in anticipation of the Norouz visitors. Many walls in the streets of the city are being painted with murals, some still depicting the wartime martyrs.
Hormozgan is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the south of the country, facing Oman. Its area is 68,475 km2, and its provincial capital is Bandar Abbas. The province has 14 islands located in the Persian Gulf, and 1,000 km of coastline. Bandar Abbas is a port city which occupies a strategic position on the narrow Straits of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy. It had an estimated population of 352,173 in 2005.
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