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Kashan

Shiraz, perspolis, iran, letsgopersia,
  • Iran
  • Kashan
  • 20000 km²
  • +3:30 UTC
  • IRR
  • ISF
  • Persian
  • 275,325 (2011)

General information about Kashan

Kashan is a beautiful large oasis town on the western edge of the Great Desert Kavir. The city has long been noted for its silk textiles, ceramics, copper ware, rose water (golab) from the well-known rose fields of Qamsar, as well. The town has many picturesque bad-girs (wind-towers), essential in the towns hot and airless summers before the introduction of air-conditioning.

History and Culture

Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 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 7,000 years. The artifacts uncovered at Sialk reside in the Louvre in Paris and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Iran's National Museum. By some accounts although not all Kashan was the origin of the three wise men who followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus, as recounted in the Bible. Whatever the historical validity of this story, the attribution of Kashan as their original home testifies to the city's prestige at the time the story was set down. Abu-Lu'lu'ah/Pirouz Nahāvandi, the Persian soldier who was enslaved by the Islamic conquerors and eventually assassinated the caliph Umar al-Khattab in AH 23 , reportedly fled to Kashan after the assassination and lived there some years before being finally caught and executed. His tomb is one of Kashan's conspicuous landmarks
 

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Sultan Malik Shah I of the Seljuk dynasty ordered the building of a fortress in the middle of Kashan in the 11th century. The fortress walls, called Ghal'eh Jalali still stand today in central Kashan. Kashan was also a leisure vacation spot for Safavi Kings. Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), specifically, is one of the most famous gardens of Iran. This beautiful garden with its pool and orchards was designed for Shah Abbas I as a classical Persian vision of paradise. The original Safavid buildings have been substantially replaced and rebuilt by the Qajar dynasty although the layout of trees and marble basins is close to the original. The garden itself however, was first founded 7000 years ago alongside the Cheshmeh-ye-Soleiman. The garden is also notorious as the site of the murder of Mirza Taghi Khan known as Amir Kabir, chancellor of Nasser-al-Din Shah, Iran's King in 1852. The earthquake of 1778 leveled the city of Kashan and all the edifices of Shah Abbas Safavi, leaving 8000 casualties. But the city started afresh and has today become a focal tourist attraction via the numerous large houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, illustrating the finest examples of Qajari aesthetics.

Kashan Main Districts

Niassar

is a city in and the capital of Neyasar District, in Kashan County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 2,003, in 586 families. It is famous for its historical buildings from the Sassanid period. Niassar is located in north west of Kashan in Isfahan Province. It is a Garden City because it was a small village and now it become a city with many gardens. Niasar is famous for Flower-Water Festival. This Festival begin in second week of Ordibehesht (first of May). In this festival people install Pot and mixed flowers and water and then turn fire under pot after1 3 hours steam of water moved to another container and then moved to the rose bottle. many people from all around of world and from Iran gathered in Niassar to viewing this festival."

Qamsar

The town of Qamsar is most famous for its roses, rosewater and rose perfume. Qamsar, together with three other smaller towns of Niasar and Barzook in the Esfahan province, are the main producers of rosewater in Iran for well over 800 years. Moreover From the 13th century and possibly considerably earlier, cobalt was mined near Qamsar. It is possible that the cobalt ore was also exported to China.

Barzok

Barzok village is a garden city in the middle of mountains with a green beautiful nature, lovely wildlife and traditional architecture houses. The city dates back to 3000 BC and Safavid bath, Qajar water reservoir (just beside Barzok House), Tappeh Qaleh (historical castle, cave and hill), ancient watermills, riverside, Ahmad Abad spring, Anthropology Museum and the tourist-attracting road Saad Abad are some of the places to visit in Barzok. Barzok House is a Safavid house now an eco-lodge also known as Rouhani House in Barzok which makes an amazing experience to stay for a couple of nights.

Meshkat

It has a semi-warm climate. The people of this town are mainly farmers, factory workers or craftsmen. The most important agricultural products of Meshkat include wheat, pomegranate, greengage, cotton, among others. It is endowed with several brooks some of which are flowing all year long. Trees of various types help moderate the temperature in hot season; when passing by the thick vegetation areas beside the main road to meshkat, one could easily feel the considerable drop of temperature..

Kashan Useful Information

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Best Time To Go

The best time to visit Kashan, a city on the edge of Iran's Dasht-e Kavir Desert, is in May when the entire town is filled with the heady fragrance of roses.

Local Food

One more art intertwined with Persian culture, worth mentioning, is the art of cooking. Persian foods, accompanied by herbs and spices are product of the creativity, skill and patience of many generations of cooks. It includes a wide variety of foods such as Khoreshte loobia , Chelo dizi, Jojoei tas Kebab, Kate moattar, Gheymeh rizeh .

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Souvenir and Handicraft

Most important souvenir of Kashan is Carpet. The art of carpet weaving in Iran dates backs to 2,500 years and is rooted in the culture and customs of its people and their instinctive feelings. Weavers mix elegant patterns with a myriad of colors. The Iranian carpet is similar to the Persian garden: full of florae, birds and beasts. The colors are usually extracted from wild flowers, and are rich in colors such as burgundy, navy blue and accents of ivory.

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