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Visit around Isfahan Province

The province of Esfahan is the main tourist destination of Iran for different good reasons. Its abundance of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens, and important Islamic artistic buildings like mosques, palaces, bazaars, and Caravanserais give it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city and the many artisans who work there strengthen its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking throughout the historic bazaar, the scenic bridges, and the Unesco World Heritage site will surely be one of the highlights of your holiday. This diversity of unique historical sites is not limited to Isfahan's city but also you can find other ones in cities around the capital of Isfahan Province.

There are many historical and cultural monuments around Isfahan province that are worth visiting.

Aran o Bidgol Desert

Aran o Bidgol

Maranjab Caravansary has been built during the Safavid Period, in Aran 70 km east of Kashan near Salt Lake. A Qanat (aka Kariz) flowing near the inn in the salty desert supplies potable water. Maranjab is also known for its fascinating sand dunes and Astro-tourism. Nooshabad underground city, a real interesting tourist-attracting site, is said to be built before Islam. Two sites in this town have been prepared for excavations by archaeologists. Nooshabad was used as a shelter during enemy invasions and the Qanat water flowed to gardens and homes.


The Congregation (Jame') Mosque in Ardestan was built by Seljuks. It is equipped with a Shabestan, a brick dome, and four Evans. A tablet in Kufi and Sols scripts has beautified the religious edifice. Besides these, there is a double story qanat and various water reservoirs, two mosques, two inns, and two tombs in Ardestan.

One day free tour in Isfahan

Zayande Rood Rafting Program
Zayande Rood Rafting Program


Chadegan is cooled by a dam constructed on the Zayandehrud River. Vacationers sail in the reservoir behind the dam and or fish during the sporting season.


Fareydan homes Abdollah and Ibrahim tombs, an Armenian army camp, historic Noghal Bridge, Reissi House, several Armenian churches, Siah Darreh waterfall, and several springs.


Golpayegan is a known city of Kebabs. The most unique and important historical attraction of Golpayegan is the petroglyphs. Tang e Gharghab and Teimareh are the most famous known collection of these in Tang e Gharghab and Teimareh. In Tang e Gharghab their simple petroglyphs as a circle and a dot to more complicated and decorated ones as a hunter or a finely detailed lion. The Petroglyphs of Teimareh were said to date back to more than 40,000 years and have attracted international attention to the region, prompting more global researchers to decipher the images.
The Friday Mosque of Golpayegan is a building of high architectural standards, which experienced many turns in its history through the past nine centuries. This alone would justify a thorough examination. Besides, the exploration of the mosque can contribute to clarifying overarching questions concerning the history of mosque architecture in Iran.
The traditional bazaar of Golpayegan with a wide entrance and bricked ceiling is very similar to Seljuq's buildings. Chaharsoogh (EN: four-side) bazaar is accessible from the city's mosque and is located in front of Golpayegan city's minaret. Googad Citadel was used as a caravansary for businessmen during the old times. A room currently used as a special suite was designated for kings. The citadel is currently used as a luxury hotel. Golpayegan minaret with an 18-meter height is called "Mill Golpayegan" which is among the fifth tallest minaret in the 5th century (AH) and belongs to the Seljuk period. It is located on Imam Khomeini Avenue and in front of Fanoos park.

Sialk Hills dates back to 10.000 years ago
Sialk Hills dates back to 10.000 years ago


Kashan is a complex of historical and natural attractions of Iran itself. There are too many tourist-attracting sites to mention here but some of the most important attractions are listed below Niasar is a village with a Fire Temple, a Mithraist cave, a waterfall, rose gardens, and distilleries, located 20 km west of Kashan. Experts believe that the fire temple was built at the beginning of the Sassanid Period. The Temple incorporates a fire temple and tombs of celebrated figures. The village is one of the most well-known tourist-attracting destinations of Iran.
Barzok village is a garden city in the middle of the mountains with green beautiful nature, lovely wildlife, and traditional architecture houses. The city dates back to 3000 BC and Safavid bath, Qajar water reservoir, 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. There is also a Safavid (450 years old) ecolodge called Barzok House also known as Rouhani House in Barzok which is a nice experience to stay a couple of nights.
Boroojerdi House in Kashan is a type of Iranian amazing architecture with unique dimensions. The main structure is the eastern wing with staircases rising from the two sides to the roof, a big veranda and a lofty roof, a pond, and a guest hall capped by a dome-like roof with pretty apertures for lighting. The interior of the building is decorated with inlaid tiles and plaster friezes and fine paintings. Tabatabai House, constructed in 1880, consists of two buildings among which the southern building is bigger. This building is decorated with colorful plaster friezes and the walls and ceiling are very finely decorated. There is a smaller veranda in front of each chamber. The northern wing is a double-story building with large chambers each of which is equipped with three doors.

One day free walking tour in Kashan

Fin Feen Garden Kashan

Fin Feen Garden (Orchard) is a typical Iranian orchard (aka Persian Garden) with a big bath inside it. It was built during the Safavid Period and was expanded and glorified by the Qajars. Fin Orchard covers an area of 23000 sq. m including a central yard surrounded by walls and parapets and towers. It is far superior compared to many orchards in the country in beauty and symmetry. Kashan Museum is set west of Fin Orchard and displays 400 antique objects from Seventh Millennium BC until contemporary times. The Jame (Congregation) Mosque in Kashan is another important monument that was built by the Seljuks. The mosque was devastated by repeated earthquakes and repaired during Safavid and Qajar periods. Emadi Mosque was built during the first century and was repaired in the 14th century. It is equipped with a fine prayer niche and a gold-coated altar. The altar was stolen and is now being preserved in a museum in Berlin.
The double story Aqa Bozorg Seminary is another precious pile in Kashan. A dome, an altar, several porticos, a portal, a vestibule and wind traps, and a Shabestan have been constructed on the second floor of the Seminary. The first floor or the basement houses the cells of the religious students and a big hall serves as a classroom for the religious students.

rosewater workshop Qamsar - Kashan

Qamsar is renowned for its rose gardens and a factory for the distillation of rosewater. Every year during the harvest and distillation of roses tourists visit Qamsar to see the proceedings. There is an ancient bazaar, a mosque, two religious seminaries, and several tombs of saints and baths.
Tappeh Sialk is a large ancient archaeological site in a suburb of the city of Kashan, close to Fin Garden. The culture that inhabited this area has been linked to the Zayandeh Rood Culture. The Sialk ziggurat was built around 3000 BC. A joint study between Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, the Louvre, and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran also verifies the oldest settlements in Sialk to date back to 5500-6000 BC. Sialk and the entire area around it is thought to have originated as a result of the pristine large water sources nearby that still run today.

Khomeinishahr is proud of its Atashgah (fire temple) which is constructed on Kuh Sangi (Stone Mountain). It is the remnant of an Achaemenid or Sassanid building in which fire was burning until the 10th century AD. Besides, there is Kohan Dezh Tower, several tombs of saints, Monar Jomban (moving minarets), etc. to visit in Khomeinishahr.

What to visit around Kashan

Natanz Congregational Mosque

Natanz Jame's Mosque incorporates a minaret, a monastery, the tomb of Sheikh Abdolsamad, and a domed Shabestan (10th century AD), with fine plaster tablets, tiled ceilings, and a big prayer niche. The tomb is covered by very fine tiles. The open tower on a mountain in Natanz is an octagonal cavity void of the roof where Shah Abbas buried his hawk. It is a masterpiece of architecture. A fire temple, two orchards, several inns and waterfalls, and springs have embellished the town and its suburbs. Sweetmeats, rosewater, handicrafts, rugs, miniatures, embroidered fabrics, calligraphy, and tiles are the products of Natanz.

In Semirom the traveler has a chance to see the Mokhtar Fortress, two mosques, several tombs of saints, Solomon's throne and footprint (believed to be the footprint of Solomon), and the mountainous beautiful nature including the Semirom waterfall.

Shahreza is proud of Aminabad Caravansary, a pigeon tower, Jaja Fortress, several mosques, and tombs of saints.

Naeen has so many attractions including historical houses like Pirnia, Caravansaries, Orchards, Bazaar, Kariz (Qanat), Narin Qaleh (aka Narenj or Naeen Citadel and castle). The Jame' Mosque in Naeen was constructed during the tenth century AD. It is equipped with a veranda, false arches, a crescent-shaped ceiling, lovely minarets, and a wooden pulpit all decorated with plaster friezes.