Traditional houses of Kashan (I)
One reason to make a stopover in Kashan (if not to spend a whole day) is the traditional houses, namely Brujerdi, Tabatabai, Abbasian and Ameriha. Richly decorated both in their exterior and interior are a unique example of persian architecture
Now called the Imam Khomeini School, it is one of the largest and most magnificent buildings in Kashan, and was once used as the religious students' accommodation. Thbuilding is located next to the Jewelers' Bazaar. Built in early 19th century by the orof Path Ali Shah Qajar in 9 years, the school has a double- shell brick dome, measuri27 meters from the ground level to its inner surface. There are 52 con four sides of the rectangular courtyard of the School. It open to visitors every day from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Fin historic garden
Bagh-e Shah, the King's Garde(also known as the Bagh-e Tarikhi-e Fin or Bagh-e Amir Kabir) at Fin 6 km to the southwest, and perhaps the finest surviving example in Iran, creates the contrast between the Kevir region and the greenery of the well-tended oasis below the adjoining Karkass mountain. A major part of Kashan's water was supplied by the perennial source of Suleimanieh spring in the garden.
References to Fin in historical sources go back to more than 1000 years. Designed for Shah Abbas I, this classical Persian vision of paradise has always been prized for its natural springs and still contains the remains of his two-story palace set around a pool. The garden has other Safavid royal buildings, although they were substantially rebuilt, and others were added in the Qajar period. The building housing Kashan Museum was built in 1968, in harmony with the historical monuments within the Garden, covering 900 square meters, and comprising 8 vast galleries, wherein items from Iranian culture and civilization in various periods of history are displayed.
At present, the pleasant sight of water from Suleimanieh spring, ever spouting from fountainheads by the sole means of difference in elevation is one of the attractions of this complex. Flowing at an elevation of 1,060 meters above sea level, it passes through numerous paths of the Garden, reaches the Fin village, and waters orchards famous for their unparalleled figs and pomegranates. Once it operated 33 water-mills. Apart from being used for medical purposes in the past centuries and attracting the attention of many scholars and physicians, it was estimated that the daily turnover of this spring amounted to one thousand mesghals (5 kg) of pure gold.
Tabaatabaaei house is for 100 years ago , after visit this place you take more information about old live in Iran . Tabaatabaaei hose have very nice handmaker with color window after shine sun to this window you think painting inside house with color .
I have a offer for you , after visit Kashan and Ghamsar you need to rest and Niaasar is very good place for it . Niaasar with 45 km distance to Kashan have very nice and beatiful outlook , you can take a Taxi only with 5 $ and go to Niaasar .
Ghamsar is a very nice small place near Kashan with 40 km . Every years in May in Ghamsar made Rosewater from Mohammadi flower . Rosewater is a redolent water use in Iranians food for example Shirberenj or Shole zard or use in Juice . for travel to Ghamsar you will first go to Kashan and take a taxi it's around 5 $
Agha Bozorg Mosque
Masjed-i Agha Bozorg is a famous historical mosque in Kashan, Iran.
Built in the late 1700s by master-mimar Ustad Haj Sa'ban-ali, the mosque and theological school is located in the center of Kashan.
Agha Bozorgh Mosque, considered as one of the most beautiful Islamic monuments of Iran, was constructed for prayers, preaching and teaching sessions held by Molla Mahdi Naraghi II known as Agha Bozorgh.
The mosque consists of two large iwans, one in front of the mihrab and the other by the entrance. The courtyard has a second court in the middle which comprised of a garden with trees and a fountain. Surrounding the courtyard are arcade. The iwan in front of mehrab has two minarets with a brick dome. The colors of arcades and eivan are restricted to blue, red, or yellow against a brick ground. It was here where Ustad Ali Maryam as a pupil started his career as a brilliant architect.
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Khâné-ye Borûjerdîhâ or "Borujerdis' House" is a famous historic house in Kashan, Iran.
The house was built in 1857 for the bride of Haji Mehdi Borujerdui, a wealthy merchant. The bride came from the affluent Tabatabaei family, for whom Ustad Ali had built their house (The Tabatabaei House) some years earlier.
It consists of a rectangular beautiful courtyard, delightful wall paintings by the royal painter Kamal-ol-molk, and three 40 meter tall wind towers which help cool the house to unusually cool temperatures. It has 3 entrances, and all the classic signatures of Traditional Persian residential architcture such as biruni and daruni (andarun).
The house took 18 years to build using 150 craftsmen. It is considered a true masterpiece of Persian traditional residential architecture. It was designed by Ustad Ali Maryam.
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Sialk is a large ancient archeological site near Kashan, Iran. It is claimed to contain the world's oldest ziggurat, dating to the 5th millennium BC, tucked away in the suburbs of the city of Kashan, in central Iran, close to Fin Garden. The culture that inhabited this area has been linked to the Zayandeh Rud Civilization.
What remains of this 6000-year-old ziggurat is not in a favorable condition like many other ancient ruins in Iran. At the site, there are actually two structures (necropolis) at Sialk situated several hundred feet from each other. The three platforms of the larger ziggurat however still remain in place. Not much remains of the smaller structure. The Louvre has also excavated a cemetery near the structures that have been dated as far back as 7500 years.
Fin Garden, located in Kashan, Iran, is a historical Persian garden. It contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor, was murdered by the King Nasereddin Shah in 1852.
The garden in its present form dates to the Safavid era, but it is thought to have been in existence for several thousand years, feeding the vicinity of adjacent Sialk.
The Kushak is located in the central part of the garden.
Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh
When I visited Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh late one afternoon the sun gave the sand-coloured bricks a beautiful colour. It is a lovely complex with a sunken courtyard. Turquoise and yellow tiles on the minarets and other places make a great contrast to the bricks.
The complex was built in the 19th century and was named after a famous theologian .
The Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh is open Saturday - Thursday, 8am -12 and 2pm - 4pm (5pm in summer).
Entrance fee is IR 3000 (July 2006).
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Walking on the roofs!
Going up from the bazaar to walk on many roofs was a good experience and you get some great views. It's also a matter of finding the right person to take you up there. Some people there might try to rip you off by saying you need to pay to be able to go up but if you look around long enough, you should be able to find one who can take you up for free. We found one really nice guy to take us up, he couldn't speak a word in English and we couldn't speak a word in Farsi but we felt like we understood each other quite well.
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It was the only medieval city wall I saw in my Iran trip. Maybe therefore it seemed very interesting for me. It has not preserved very well, but it's still impressive. There is an old ice-house just next to the wall.
Once this was the house of Kashan's governor Agha Ameri. The house is really big. At first I entered the first courtyard and it seemed that this is all the house, but then I entered another and another one. The house is almost completely restorated. The rooms ar very nice form inside, but the most beautiful were the courtyards with plants and pools. In one of the rooms you can see pictures of the house how it looked before beginning of restoration.
The highlight of Kashan is a visit to the merchants homes. The merchants home are gorgeous and take a half day to really appreciate. They have beautiful fountains and the homes are well done. I recommend spending at least half a day in and around the homes because there are no tourists and the buildings are photogenic making for some great shots!