The Zendan-i Sulaiman "Prison of Solomon" is the local name of the Zendan-i Sulaiman Tower seen in these images. As it appears to be unfinished, its purpose is not known, though various interpretations have been put forth--it may be a tomb, a fire temple, a treasury, or none of the above. An interesting clue to how the structure likely would have looked when completed may be found at Naqsh-i-Rostam, a cliffside to the north of Persepolis. Standing in front of the cliffside (into which tombs…

The Zendan-i Sulaiman "Prison of Solomon" is the local name of the Zendan-i Sulaiman Tower seen in these images. As it appears to be unfinished, its purpose is not known, though various interpretations have been put forth--it may be a tomb, a fire temple, a treasury, or none of the above. An interesting clue to how the structure likely would have looked when completed may be found at Naqsh-i-Rostam, a cliffside to the north of Persepolis. Standing in front of the cliffside (into which tombs…

Collins Street Prison: An exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (201 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL) interprets the prison. Also known as the Joliet Correctional Center, the prison was built here in 1858 by prison labor. Its 25 foot, 5 foot thick walls are made of pure Joliet limestone. It operated until 2002, having housed up to 1,300 inmates. The classic prison architecture and atmosphere has been the set for several movies and television productions i

Collins Street Prison: An exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (201 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL) interprets the prison. Also known as the Joliet Correctional Center, the prison was built here in 1858 by prison labor. Its 25 foot, 5 foot thick walls are made of pure Joliet limestone. It operated until 2002, having housed up to 1,300 inmates. The classic prison architecture and atmosphere has been the set for several movies and television productions i

"Mespotamian Spiny Tailed Lizard" - Habitat: deserts and semi-deserts, hills, valleys, and plains in south and west part of Iran especially in Khuzestan, Kermanshah. Ilam and Kurdestan Provinces, Iran (Persian: آگامای (خاردم) بین النهرین - زيستگاه: نواحي بياباني و نيمه بياباني، تپه‌ها, دره‌ها و واديها، دشتها و حاشيه دامنه‌ها با پوشش گياهي اندك در غرب و جنوب ایران به خصوص خوزستان, کرمانشاه, ایلام و کردستان ) Photo by Farshad Eskandari

"Mespotamian Spiny Tailed Lizard" - Habitat: deserts and semi-deserts, hills, valleys, and plains in south and west part of Iran especially in Khuzestan, Kermanshah. Ilam and Kurdestan Provinces, Iran (Persian: آگامای (خاردم) بین النهرین - زيستگاه: نواحي بياباني و نيمه بياباني، تپه‌ها, دره‌ها و واديها، دشتها و حاشيه دامنه‌ها با پوشش گياهي اندك در غرب و جنوب ایران به خصوص خوزستان, کرمانشاه, ایلام و کردستان ) Photo by Farshad Eskandari

Joliet Prison

Joliet Prison

In Tulsa is a 180 year old prison that was labeled "The Bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time Magazine. This prison was once the largest in the US and housed some of the most infamous criminals like Pretty Boy Floyd

In Tulsa is a 180 year old prison that was labeled "The Bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time Magazine. This prison was once the largest in the US and housed some of the most infamous criminals like Pretty Boy Floyd

Tennessee State Prison is a former correctional facility located near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Opened in 1898

Tennessee State Prison is a former correctional facility located near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Opened in 1898

Formerly a workhouse, this KC abandoned prison castle has become an imposing gallery of graffiti art

Formerly a workhouse, this KC abandoned prison castle has become an imposing gallery of graffiti art

The Utah State Penitentiary viewed from the northwest, November 17, 1903. A territorial prison was first erected on this site on 2100 South just above 1300 East in 1854‑55. The buildings in this photograph were demolished in the early 1950s, after a new correctional facility was constructed twenty miles south at Point of the Mountain. The prison property became Sugarhouse Park. (Neg. 656.)

The Utah State Penitentiary viewed from the northwest, November 17, 1903. A territorial prison was first erected on this site on 2100 South just above 1300 East in 1854‑55. The buildings in this photograph were demolished in the early 1950s, after a new correctional facility was constructed twenty miles south at Point of the Mountain. The prison property became Sugarhouse Park. (Neg. 656.)

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