(400 Km south west of Tehran)
The province of Hamadan is in a fertile region known for its fruit trees and cereals. The modern town of Hamadan, which was the Medes capital (722 B.C), is one the most important archaeological cities west of Tehran, and could be one of the unforgettable souvenirs of your trip to Iran. The main highlights include:
Hegmataneh Ensemble: (Prospective World Heritage Site), once the center of the Median and later the Persian Empires with remains of ancient palaces and great temples
Ganjnameh: the famous trilingual inscriptions in praise of Ahuramazda engraved in stone on the pleasant slopes of Mount Alvand and recording the legacy of Darius and Xerxes
Tomb of Esther and Mordecai: a Jewish shrine surrounded by a charming garden, a place of pilgrimage for many Jewish people
Tomb of IbnSina: known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna, the foremost thinker and philosopher that Persia has ever produced, and one of the greatest medical scholars in human history
Alavyan Tomb Tower: one of the supreme examples of early Seljuk art in Iran, with whirling floral stucco and a fine selection of other designs rendered in stucco.