Kashan and Around (April 2014)

 

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Kashan is an oasis city coined between the Dasht-e Kavir (Desert of Salt Marsh) on its eastern side and the Zagros mountains on its western side. The city and its surroundings feature a broad variety of interesting sites, including a beautiful lush garden, very old settlements, richly decorated 19th-century houses of wealthy merchants, an underground city, and a desert salt lake.

 

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Fin gardens at the southwestern edge of Kashan.

 

Left: Rose water distillers outside the Fin gardens. (Kashan is often referred to as the ′′rose water capital′′ of Iran.) Center: Jubs (surface canals) the Fin Garden, which are fed by a natural spring. Right: Pavilion in the Finn Gardens.

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Details of the ceiling of the pavilion in the previous picture.

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In the Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim shrine (located close to the Finn Gardens).

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Celing in the Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim shrine. The close-up on the right depicts Imam Ali and his two sons.

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The Sialk (Tappeh-ye Seyalk) archeological site, where some settlements date back 9000 years.

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In the restored Sultan Mir Ahmad hammam.

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Ceilings of Sultan Mir Ahmad hammam.

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Rooftop of Sultan Mir Ahmad hammam.

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Roof of the Borujerdi merchant house (built in 1857) with its two wind catchers (bagdirs), seen from the rooftop of the nearby Sultan Mir Ahmad hammam.

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The main courtyard of the Borujerdi house.

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Inside the Borujerdi house.

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The Tabatabei merchant house.

 

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Blue-tiled conic dome of a small mosque near the Tabatabei house.

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Traditional doors in Kashan, with two knockers, a round one for women and a long one for men. The different sounds made by the two knockers identify the gender of the visitor.

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In the bazaar.

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Teashop in the bazaar.

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Old caravanserais on the edge of the bazaar.

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Agha Bozorg mosque.

 

Partial view of one of the minarets through a the small window of the dome.

 

One of the few remaining sections of the ancient adobe wall surrounding the old city of Kashan.

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Tunnels in the underground city of Nooshabad and aeration shaft (rightmost photo). The underground city was used as a shelter during the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

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Inside a huge ancient water cistern in Nooshabad.

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Sizan castle (Seljuk period) in Nooshabad.

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View from one of the towers of the Sizan castle toward the Zagros mountains on the west of Kashan.

 

Imamzadeh Helal-ebne Ali Shrine in Aran.

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Entrance of the Imamzadeh Helal-ebne Ali Shrine.

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Graves of martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war near the Imamzadeh Helal-ebne Ali Shrine.

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Entering the Dasht-e Kavir toward Namak Lake.

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Sand dunes near Namak Lake.

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View over Namak Lake (which means Salt Lake). Most of the lake is very shallow.

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Click the following links to see photos of other parts of the trip:

- Tehran,

- Qazvin,

- Alamut Valley,

- Abyaneh,

- Yazd and around,

- Kerman and around.

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