March 2011 – Diarna Releases 3-D Model of Hamadan Shrine to Esther

Diarna's 3-D Shrine Model Diarna’s Rendering of “Esther’s Tomb” in Hamadan, Iran

On the eve of Purim, Diarna presents a digital reconstruction of the Iranian shrine to Esther and Mordechai, the holiday’s heroine and hero, respectively. Located just outside what is now Imam Khomeini Square in downtown Hamadan, the site last looked this good in the 1970s, after Yassi (Elias) Gabbay‘s restoration was completed. For more information, consult Diarna’s article on the Tomb’s history (see here) as well as a curricular supplement for younger readers (see here). 

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