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Tabatabaei House, early 1800s, Kashan. A fine example of traditional Persian architecture.


Kashan is a city in the Isfahan province of Iran. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7000 years. After world known Iranian historical cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz, Kashan is a common destination for foreign tourists due to numerous historical places.


Get in

A highway connects Kashan to Tehran via Qom. Kashan it is just 2.5 hours from Tehran. also it's accessible through Na’in and Esfahan. .

Get around

See

In general finding the sites in Kashan is rather easy due to many dual language signs across the city.

Sialk Hill, is the remains of an ancient city, with the world's oldest zigurat, dating to the 3rd millennium BC. The oldest settlement in Sialk dates back to more than 7000 years ago. The site is still under excavation. The remains of people who used to live there can be seen.

AqaBozorg house.

Agha Bozorg Mosque is a historical mosque in Kāshān, Iran. The mosque was built in the late 18th century by master-mimar Ustad Haj Sa'ban-ali, the mosque and theological school (madrasah) is located in the center of Kāshān. It was here where Ustad Ali Maryam as a pupil started his career as a brilliant architect.

Boroujerdi ha Residence. The house of Boroujerdi, belonging to a trading family who migrated to Kashan, was built over a hundred years ago. The construction date can still be seen on the covered inscription of the building, completion of which took 18 years of work by tens of laborers, architects and master painters. Since exceptional attention has been paid to all minute architectural details demanded by the geographical and climatic conditions of the area, the house has attracted considerable attention of architects and recognition from Iranian and foreign scientific and technical teams.

Tabatabaie Residence A large house with several courtyards, which once belonged to a wealthy merchant. Experience how well the wind towers work. It consists of delightful wall paintings with elegant stained glass windows and includes other classic signatures of Traditional Persian residential architecture such as biruni and andaruni.

Ameri House

Ameri-Ha (Amerian) House is a traditional house in Kashan built in the mid 19th century during the Qajar era, the house is one of several large spectacular old houses in the central district of Kashan.

Like the other houses around it, it was re-built after Kashan was ravaged by a series of massive earthquakes in the 18th century. The house is now a public museum.


Abbasian House is a large traditional historical house built during the late 18th century, the house is a beautiful example of Kashani residential architecture. It is said to have been the property of a famous cleric. It has six courtyards that would fit the needs of different families. One of the chambers has a ceiling designed with mirror pieces so as to give the impression of a starry sky under the nocturnal glitter of candlelight. The house is now a public museum. Tabatabaie Residence A large house with several courtyards, which once belonged to a wealthy merchant. Experience how well the wind towers work.

Sharifian House

Al-e-Yaseen House

Sultan Amir Shrine

Sultan Amir Bath The turkish bath is in disuse now, inspect it and afterwards the attendant will insist taking you to the roof, against a tip of course.

40 Dokhtaran Fortress

Abu-Lu'lu'ah Shrine (the assassin of Islam's second Caliph)constructed in an eleventh century distinctive Persian-Khwarezmian dynastic architectural style, consisted of a courtyard, porch and conical dome decorated with turquoise coloured tiles, and painted ceilings.

Fin Garden is one of the most beautiful historical gardens of the middle-east and the world.

Fin Garden.

It contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir-Kabir a famous vizier of Qajarid was murdered by the King Nasereddin Shah. The garden covers 2.3 hectares with a main yard surrounded by ramparts with four circular towers. In keeping with many of the Persian gardens of this era, the Fin Garden employs a great many water features.


Ghal'eh jalali

Kashan Bazaar the bazaar with fantastic its mudbrick architecture is one of the jewels of the city. Pay a small amount to one of the touts hanging around the bazaar and you will be led to the roof of the bazaar, where you can get an idea of the technical marvel of building such large structures from mudbricks and have a wonderful view over the old city.

Timcheh Amin-o-dowleh

Do

  • Go shopping in traditional bazaar.
  • Visit beautiful rose gardens in the suburbs of the city and see how traditional methods for rose water production works during spring season.

Buy

Carpet and rose water are the two world known products of the city.

Traditional cookies.

Pomegranate.

Eat

Goosht-e-loobia, Gheymerize koolooche ye Kashan (khoshk/dry)

  • Rose House, Amiralmomenin Ave, +983615345100, [1]. A modern and well designed restaurant with traditional Iranian and International dishes (also has a coffee shop) .


Drink

dugh (salt lassy )

  • Nimkat Cafe, Amirkabir Ave. (Near Al-Hussain Mosque). Drink coffee in a traditional designed place


Sleep

  • Eshan House -The most atmospheric place to stay is Eshan House across the road from one of the mosques, off Fazele Naraji street (walking on the right side of the street from Kamal-ol-Mol square, you cannot miss the "Eshan" sign). It is a really nice traditional house converted into a hotel, with a beautiful courtyard and free Wifi and breakfast. Standard price is 300,000 rials for a room which can sleep three people, but it is very possible to bargain. (Dec 2010: Dutch traveller paid 150,000 for 1 person). They have both traditional rooms where you sleep on the floor and rooms with bed. It is highly recommended to get a traditional room. Also ask one of the friendly staff to order traditional Iranian food.


  • Golestan Hostel -Negative reviews from many travellers. Not clean and not a nice place for women travellers.
  • Amir Kabir Hotel
  • Sayyah Hotel [2] -Single room quoted 350,000/250,000 rials with/without shower in the room, both including breakfast (April 2011). On Abazar street.

Get out

  • Town of Qamsar near Kashan is the biggest center in the Middle East for producing rose water.
  • Town of Niasar is notable for an incredible man made cave and a historical fire place.
  • Na’in is the another Desert city toward south. it's a small and quiet town at the edge of desert. A perfect pattern of a desert town but different than Kashan. you can cycling around and Visit inside the Qanat or the under ground man made caves. to get there, ask for the bus to Yazd or Kerman or Zahedan and ask the driver to get you off Na'in.
  • Abyaneh, a famous, historic Iranian village is near Kashan. With a unique reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies. The village has been called an entrance to Iranian history. The local clothing, for example, is in a style of great antiquity. An Abyunaki woman typically wears a white long scarf (covering the shoulders and upper trunk) which has a colourful pattern and an under-knee skirt. Even the most immediate villages' women have different dress style so that one could tell if she is from Abyaneh or not.
  • Mashhad Ardehal is a small town less than an hour outside Kashan. This town has a shrine inside which Sohrab Sepehri, one of the most famous contemporary Iranian poets lies. Also the remains of a mysterious, old and abandoned adobe citadel sits there. There is no information about it at the site.


soltan Ahmad Hammam top roop
Kashan old Bazar
rose flower to sell
a ruin of old refrigerator
Aqa bozorq mosque
tabatbae house


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