In this one-day city tour program, the beauties of Kerman will be exhibited. We start our daily tour with surfing at the Ganjali Khan Sq and around that is the main aq in Kerman. A square with different artistic elements that recorded it as one of the most famous historical squares in Iran. The elements that lead you to the heart of Iran's history and culture. A city in the vicinity of the hot and burning desert of Lout with stunning beauties. The beauties will enchant every spectator. A collection of special and unique beauties including one of the longest indoor markets in Iran with various public facilities including a mosque - caravanserai - water storage - school - bathroom and other facilities that will dazzle your eyes.
Kerman with its wonderful places and monuments is one of the main tourist cities in Iran. Ganjalikhan Square and the surrounding bazaar are the beating heart of Kerman. Its beauty attracts every visitor. Each part of it was built at different periods of time and at the time of different rulers. This complex includes some charitable buildings such as mosques, caravanserai, schools, baths, etc. These monuments are still active from 400 years ago.
Although this is an old bazaar, it is active with a beautiful, lively, and attractive atmosphere. Kerman Bazaar is the longest bazaar in Iran and it has been registered as one of the national remnants of Iran. This great historical monument from the Safavids period not only has aesthetic features but also architectural features such as different markets that are intertwined like a labyrinth and the variety of jobs in a complex showing the intelligence and talent of its builders.
You can see the historic Ganjali Khan bathhouse (part of Ganjali Khan Complex), the Vakil Bazaar which is part of Vakil Complex (that contains a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a mosque, a cistern “Ab Anbar” and the Vakil Bazaar itself), the Copper Bazaar “ Bazaar e Mesgari” with its artistic goods made out of copper (Copper Bazaar is part of Ganjali Khan Complex too), etc. This grand bazaar itself is home to several attractions of Kerman and it’s a good place to buy the souvenirs of this city.
A charity complex from the Safavid era. This complex was built in the 17th century under the order of Ganjali Khan. He was one of the famous rulers of Shah Abbas the Great in Kerman, who had built significant structures and had the main role in the development of this region. A collection with Safavid architectural elements, especially the buildings of Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan, a small mosque with simple but attractive decorations, a Hamam (bathhouse), a Mint, a school, a Caravanserai, a Cistern, and many small bazaars that are part of the Kerman Bazaar, together make up the Ganjali Khan Complex, a mixture of historic architectural elements.
On the south side of Ganjali Khan sq a unique work of architecture with beautiful tile works, paintings, stuccos, and arches attracts the eye of visitors. This beautiful Safavid era bath with its unique architecture is one of the important monuments of the Ganjali Khan Complex. The Ganjali Khan Bath is currently changed into an Anthropology Museum and attracts an increasing number of tourists. In this museum, you can get acquainted with the architecture of Iranian baths and Iranian culture and customs for baths.
On the northeastern side of the square, you can see Ganjali Khan Mosque. The Ganjali Khan Complex was built by the order of Ganj Ali Khan from 1596 to 1621(on the basis of some inscriptions of the complex). The complex covers an area of 11,000 square and is aligned with Vakil Bazaar running east-west to its south.
At a distance of 200 meters from the Ganjali Khan Mosque, another important historical monument of Kerman Bazaar will fascinate you. A historical Caravanserai that will lead you to the historical layers of the old market of Kerman and the behavior of merchants in different historical periods. The history of Vakil Caravanserai back to 170 years ago in the Qajar period. The construction of caravanserai started by the order of the Governor of Kerman, Mohammad Esmaeil Khan Vakil Al-Molk, around 1277-1284 AH and was completed in 1287 AH at the time of Morteza Gholi Khan Vakil Al-Molk. This creditable Caravanserai, consisting of 120 rooms on two staircases, was located in the immediate vicinity of the Ganjali Khan Bazaar in Kerman and was used as a place of accommodation for merchants and business offices for a long time. Vakil caravanserai covers an area of approximately 11,000 m² and is among the great caravanserais in Kerman and is in a sense one of the largest caravanserais in the world.
Just less than 80 meters from Vakil Caravanserai one of the most beautiful mosques in Kerman is calling you. This mosque is a part of a comprehensive complex in
Kerman. A complex of a bazaar, was built at the time of Zand. This great mosque with a vast Yard in the center and 4 Ivan around it is one of the masterpieces of the Zand dynasty. This great mosque with different Iranian-Islamic elements architects like two great Shabestan, 4 Ivan, big decorated domes, tall Minarets, and eye-catching and breathtaking tile works is among the most beautiful mosques of Kerman and also Iran.
As you are watching the beauties of Kerman Bazaar, 300 meters away from the Vakil Mosque, one of the public religious buildings of Kerman Bazaar with a 700-years history attracts you. This religious building is used for some religious ceremonies and since it is rooted in the history, culture, and religion of the people, has very beautiful Iranian-Islamic decoration elements.
At the end of the Bazaar of Kerman, the last historical and creditable monument is the Jame mosque of Kerman. This mosque which is built in the 14th century is the main place for Moslems prayer in Kerman. This beautiful mosque with its central courtyard and symmetrical porches - tall tiled minarets - Islamic decorations and very delicate and colorful tiles will amaze you with its beauty. So do not miss this opportunity. Read more: The mosques in Islamic cities
Kerman Grand Mosque is the last historical monument that you will visit in the Kerman Bazaar complex. Now is the time to leave this historical complex. We continue the path to Shohada Square (500 meters) and in the corner of the square, there is a valuable historical building with 3 domes. This tomb, which is known as the Moshtaghie Dome or Three Domes, is one of the historical buildings related to the Qajar period(1789 to 1925). There are three domes in this mausoleum, in fact, each of these domes belongs to one of the most famous Sufis of the Qajar period. Two domes are decorated with tiles, one belonging to the tomb of Mushtaq Ali Shah and the other belonging to the tomb of Kowsar Ali Shah Hamedani. The brick dome in this tomb also belongs to Sheikh Ismail Herati.
It is time for lunch, If you are searching for a delicious Iranian lunch in one of the traditional houses of Kerman this is the best choice. After walking in Kerman Bazaar and watching the most beautiful historical monuments, on the way from Moshtaghieh Dome to Zoroastrian Fire Temple(450 m far from), we suggest you one of the traditional Houses/Hotels and restaurants that offer you a varied range of Persian Foods at a traditional ambiance.
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After visiting Moshtaghie Dome, just 600 meters away, there is one of the most important Zoroastrian fire temples on Shohada-Borzoo Amighi Street. Kerman’s Zoroastrian Fire temple (Atashkadeh) is the only Zoroastrian anthropological museum in the world that was built-in 1925 and is located in Borzou Amiqi (near Moshtaghieh Great Square) street. It is the first museum of its kind in the world and was officially inaugurated during Jashn-e Tirgan (Tirgan ceremonies) in 2005 by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO). The museum showcases the ancient history of Zoroastrians, some historical Zoroastrian religious texts, Zoroastrian customs, and religious ceremonies, different kinds of candle lights, fire braziers, and tallow burners.
As you approach the end of your tour in Kerman, the last place that will attract you is the Dome of Jabaliya. The Jabalieh or Rock Dome is also known as the Gabri Dome. This historical monument which is completely made of stone has been inspired by Sassanide's architectural period. It is of octagonal design and comprises three floors crowned by a rather flat dome, totally empty inside. It appears to predate the 2nd millennium AD and may have been a Zoroastrian building, and is remarkable because of being constructed of stone rather than the more usual brick. However, although it does not have a very clear history, it has been noticed and welcomed by many tourists.