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  • Thieves’ Castle was once was home to a gang of robbers infamous for spreading fear and panic in the 19th century. 2020-12-02 22:38

    By Afshin Majlesi

    12 off-the-beaten-track destinations even Iranians don’t know about

    Welcome to some hidden gems you never thought to visit, but really should if you’re planning a trip across Iran.The ancient country is home to thousands of historic and architectural beauties on offer in famed cities like Isfahan and Shiraz, Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman, and Yazd in such a way that its diverse landscapes could be easily overlooked.

  • Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture 2020-11-20 21:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture

    Built for a famous Iranian merchant of the 19th century, this elegant house is composed of several sections each decorated with various types of art and architectural features, such as stucco, mirrorwork, tilework, woodwork, and stained glass. The fully restored house is now open to the public.

  • A centuries-old pavilion at the UNESCO-recognized Fin Garden, Kashan, central Iran 2020-11-08 21:51

    Under travelers’ eyes: Kashan and its surrounding jewels

    TEHRAN - Many travelers to the central Iranian plateau opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan, and Yazd, but this delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir (aka the Great Salt Desert) is one of the most alluring destinations.

  • Top 10 cities, islands to visit in Iran 2020-11-01 19:51

    Top 10 cities, islands to visit in Iran

    If you are drawn to destinations where echoes of ancient civilizations resonate down through the ages, Iran could be your thing. Some of history’s biggest names – Cyrus the Great and Darius, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan – all left their footprints here and the regions they conquered or ruled over are now among top travel destinations of the modern country.

  • Persian handicrafts: 13th-century panel of three tiles from frieze 2020-10-27 18:50

    Persian handicrafts: 13th-century panel of three tiles from frieze

    TEHRAN - These tiles, being kept and displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, were once part of a magnificent frieze in a very important religious shrine in Mashhad, northeast Iran.

  • Nomads are seen at a carpet production workshop outside Shiraz, southern Iran (Credit: The New York Times) 2020-10-25 17:49

    Persian carpet: a crossroads of intricate designs, lavish colors, and peerless artistry

    For millennia, Iran’s eminent carpets, which are adored for their intricate designs, lavish colors, and matchless craftsmanship, have been produced by hand along the nomad trail across the foothills and high plains of the ancient land.

  • 10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see 2020-10-21 11:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see

    Iran, one of the friendliest countries on Earth, was once the heart of the mighty Persian Empire which almost stretched from Greece all the way to China. And now, what we know as modern Iran is the inheritor of a land full of sites of high cultural values from corner to corner.

  • Coronavirus cancels Qalishuyan religious ritual 2020-10-03 21:25

    Coronavirus cancels Qalishuyan religious ritual

    TEHRAN - Qalishuyan, a religious ritual which was held annually in the central city of Kashan, has been called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Iranian desert to play host to environment-friendly car rally 2020-09-22 21:58

    Iranian desert to play host to environment-friendly car rally

    TEHRAN – The barren, scorching Maranjab Desert, situated in central Iran, will be hosting tens of 4WD cars for a rally scheduled to be held on October 1 and 2.

  • Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars 2020-09-13 14:40

    Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars

    A photo collection depicts a variety of architectural wonders such as atmospheric houses, covered labyrinthine bazaars, public bathhouses, madrasas, caravanserais, mudbrick wind-towers, cisterns, Persian gardens, and boutique hotels scattered across the oasis city of Kashan. Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan, and Yazd, to visit its must-see destinations on the edge of one of the most beautiful deserts in central Iran.

  • Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars 2020-09-12 16:40

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars

    A photo collection depicts variety of architectural wonders such as atmospheric houses, covered labyrinthine bazaars, public bathhouses, madrasas, caravanserais, mudbrick wind-towers, cisterns, Persian gardens and boutique hotels scattered across the oasis city of Kashan. Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd, to visit its must-see destinations on the edge of one of the most beautiful deserts in central Iran.

  • Travelogues: tapping into the past hearing Muharram rituals from Europeans visiting Persia 2020-08-27 02:09

    Travelogues: tapping into the past hearing Muharram rituals from Europeans visiting Persia

    TEHRAN – Travelogues, inscribed by European travelers to Persia (Iran) over the past centuries, is a good source to hear about Muharram mourning ceremonies from the point of view of Westerners, experts say. 

  • Boroujerdi-ha House 2020-08-25 20:30

    Restoration begins on Boroujerdi-ha House in central Iran

    TEHRAN – A new round of restoration work has recently commenced on Boroujerdi-ha House, a 19th-century merchant mansion that is now one of the major travel destinations in the oasis city of Kashan, central Iran.

  • Profit or loss? 81 historical sites up for auction to be ceded to private sector 2020-08-24 20:33

    Profit or loss? 81 historical sites up for auction to be ceded to private sector

    TEHRAN – A total of 81 historical sites and monuments across Iran will soon be up for grabs in an auction to be temporarily ceded to the private sector reportedly aimed at achieving higher productivity and better maintenance.

  • Rohingya 2020-08-15 18:30

    By Manijeh Rezapoor

    Paula Bronstein’s photos of Rohingya refugee crisis on display in Kashan 

    TEHRAN – Hasht Cheshmeh Gallery in the central Iranian city of Kashan is playing host to an exhibition displaying photos of the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis by American photojournalist Paula Bronstein.

  • Borujerdi’s historical house in Kashan 2020-08-03 18:56

    Kashan named capital of Nahj-ul-Balaghah of Imam Ali (AS)

    TEHRAN – The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has selected the central Iranian city of Kashan, famous for its rosewater and historical monuments, as the capital of the Nahj-ul-Balaghah of Imam Ali (AS).

  • Rosewater 2020-04-25 20:00

    Rosewater festivals go virtual amid virus pandemic

    TEHRAN – Every year, by late April, tens of festivals of rose and rosewater starts to take the center stage in the central Iranian city of Kashan along with other nearby townships and villages.

  • Visit majestic Ameri House while making excursion to central Iranian oasis, desert 2020-02-12 19:38

    Visit majestic Ameri House while making excursion to central Iranian oasis, desert

    TEHRAN – Many visitors to Ameri House (also called “Khaneh-ye Ameriha), which in fact constitutes one ring of a circle of historical mansions in Kashan, say it is a must-see destination while making an excursion to the oasis city that lies on the margins of a central Iranian desert.

  • Kashan exports over $400m of machine-knotted carpets as of March 2019-12-23 19:38

    Kashan exports over $400m of machine-knotted carpets as of March

    TEHRAN – Exports of machine-knotted carpets from Kashan, which is known as Iran’s hub of such products, exceeded $400 million since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21).

  • Situated halfway between Kashan and Fin in Isfahan province, Tapeh Sialk has yielded interesting pottery pieces, metal tools and domestic implements made from stone, clay and bone that date from as early as the 4th millennium BC. 2019-11-27 21:26

    Louvre hosts conference devoted to Iran’s ancient Sialk hills

    TEHRAN – The Louvre on Monday hosted an international conference on Tapeh Sialk (“Sialk hills”), which is one of the oldest and richest archaeological sites in central Iran.

  • New train tour launched to Iranian desert 2019-11-15 18:58

    New train tour launched to Iranian desert

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Raja Rail Transportation Company has launched a new weekly train tour to the central Iranian desert and its neighboring historical and natural attractions, Mehr reported.

  • International female travelers pose for a photo while visiting a religious shrine in Aran-Bidgol, central Iran. They are clad in chadors, shapeless gowns that cover their entire bodies, to respect a dress code required for female pilgrims. 2019-11-09 19:59

    Foreign arrivals in Aran-Bidgol jump 50% in 7 months on year

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign arrivals in Aran-Bidgol soared 50 percent in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21) from a year earlier, governor of the Iranian oasis town said on Saturday.

  • A Spanish couple poses for a photo during a visit to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). 2019-10-07 20:20

    30,000 Iranians obtained visas for Spain in 2018, envoy says

    TEHRAN – Some 30,000 Iranians got visas for Spain in 2018, Madrid’s ambassador to Tehran has said.

  • 19th International Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival 2019-08-09 18:24

    Italian, Afghan experts to attend seminar on traditional theater in Kashan

    TEHRAN – Experts from Italy and Afghanistan are scheduled to attend a seminar, which will be organized on the sidelines of the 19th International Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival in Kashan. 

  • 19th Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival 2019-07-10 18:52

    19th Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival to open in Kashan

    TEHRAN – The 19th Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival will open in the central Iranian city of Kashan, director of the festival Davud Fat’halibeigi has said. 

  • Rosewater festivals attract travelers to northern Iranian villages 2019-06-15 21:26

    Rosewater festivals attract travelers to northern Iranian villages

    TEHRAN - Every year, by early June, rosewater festivals take center stage in Gildeh and several neighboring villages, attracting hundreds of travelers to Shaft county of the northern Gilan province.

  • 67 fields of handicraft being practiced in Kashan 2019-06-15 20:46

    67 fields of handicraft being practiced in Kashan

    TEHRAN – Of 290 fields of handicraft, which are known in Iran, 67 are currently being practiced in Kashan, tourism chief of the oasis city said on Thursday.

  • A view of Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden) in Kashan 2019-06-08 19:35

    Over 31,000 visit Kashan in a day

    TEHRAN – Over 31,000 visited Iran’s historical city of Kashan on Wednesday, a public holiday celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

  • A native of Abyaneh walks in the historical mountainous village, which is located in Isfahan province, central Iran. 2019-05-27 20:10

    Abyaneh: Stunning red adobe village

    TEHRAN – Picturesquely situated at the foot of Mt Karkas (3899m), the ancient village of Abyaneh is one of top tourism destinations in central Iran. It features crumbling red mud-brick houses with lattice windows and fragile wooden balconies, twisting lanes and hospitable people that still dress in the traditional outfits.

  • Rosewater festivals attract holidaymakers from home and abroad 2019-04-30 20:47

    Rosewater festivals attract holidaymakers from home and abroad

    TEHRAN – Every year, by late April, thousands of holidaymakers start to visit Kashan or its neighboring villages, where many local rosewater festivals take center stage in the central Iranian region.