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," tweeted Independent 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:
#IranianCulturalSites Let’s tweet storm our favourite Iranian cultural sites: Here’s my paternal hometown Kashan..… https://t.co/HFTkBaNZTK— AtiehS (@AtiehS) 1578188446.0
a site that is important to the Iranian culture - Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz https://t.co/1hnB175Qed— Arash Karami (@Arash Karami) 1578183740.0
#IranianCulturalSites one of my favorites is Bagh e Fin in Kashan https://t.co/W8Xq7tv6r8 https://t.co/uhTI3rPGsJ— Mahsa Rouhi (@Mahsa Rouhi) 1578191965.0
As a teenager visiting these two sites in #Iran truly moved me. I remember standing in the middle of both staring a… https://t.co/rpBQLZDcnV— Reza H. Akbari (@Reza H. Akbari) 1578197651.0
@yelmjouie @AtiehS My family’s home in Shushtar, #iran that has now been turned into a museum. #iranianculturalsites https://t.co/Ssix0RG7mY— Leila Mostoufi (@Leila Mostoufi) 1578199537.0
One of my favorite #Iranianculturalsites the breathtaking Persepolis https://t.co/Ru9uDEATTu— Dr Bita Moghaddam دكتر بيتا مقدم (@Dr Bita Moghaddam دكتر بيتا مقدم) 1578195368.0
My husband took this photo last year of people enjoying one of their #IranianCulturalSites in Isfahan, in his belov… https://t.co/KSurmuHF2i— Kylie Mirmohamadi (@Kylie Mirmohamadi) 1578213925.0
One of my favorite #IranianCulturalSites is Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz mostly known as the “Pink Mosque”. Look… https://t.co/gdgsWBPx77— Hajar Moradi (@Hajar Moradi) 1578195928.0
One of my favorite #IranianCulturalSites is Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, located in my paternal hometown Shiraz!… https://t.co/ZbUK58MMbJ— Harmony (@Harmony) 1578199708.0
"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."