There are many reasons to visit Iran, here are just a few:
- Forget your preconceptions
- you will discover the most wonderful sites of Persia
- you will meet the most hospitable people in the world
- you will visit truly unique architectural sites and relive Persian history
- your eyes will marvel at the world’s most stunning landscapes
- And finally, you will discover that Persia is a whole world in a single country
1062 Km south of Tehran
The name Kerman is probably derived from its inhabitants, the Germanioi, mentioned by Herodotus. The Town is situated close to Dasht-e-Lut desert from which it is separated by a range of mountains. Although this region is situated in a desert, its pistachio nuts are famous around the world. The most well-known crafts of the region are the local leather industry and silk embroidery. The main highlights include:
Ganj-Ali Khan Ensemble
Located at a wonderfully frescoed intersection of two main lines of arcades, with caravanserais, a teahouse, and a traditional hammam, today transformed into a museum.
Shrine of Shah Nematollah Vali
Built in 1436 and embellished and extended by Shah Abbas, set in a delightful garden evoking great harmony, and Iran’s most splendid Islamic monument outside Isfahan.
Mysterious, octagonal stone structure with a brick dome, whose function is unknown, in a picturesque setting at the foot of the mountains.
A residential fortress and the largest mud structure of the wider region comprising thick imposing outer walls, public quarter, gymnasium, mosque, barracks, and governor’s quarter.
Jami‘ Mosque of Kerman
The well-preserved 14th century monument with four lofty Iwans of shimmering blue tiles and without minarets, extensively modernized during the Safavid period and later.
(World Heritage Site), a vivid impression of a fortified medieval town, a testimony to the development of a settlement known for its underground irrigation canals (quanat).
An attractive, rectangular green oasis and one of the finest examples of historical Persian garden style, ornamented with cascades, a monumental entrance and a residential pavilion.
Shrine of Moshtaq Ali Shah
An attractive mausoleum dedicated to a Sufi mystic renowned for his singing and ability with the setar, a musical instrument with three cords.