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Kashan

KASHAN Tours

The etymology of the city name comes from Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this changed to Kashian, whence the town name. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries Kashan was an important centre for the production of high quality pottery and tiles. Kashan was also a leisure vacation spot for Safavi Kings. Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), specifically, is one of the most famous gardens of Iran. This beautiful garden with its pool and orchards was designed for Shah Abbas I as a classical Persian vision of paradise. The original Safavid buildings have been substantially replaced and rebuilt by the Qajar dynasty although the layout of trees and marble basins is close to the original. The garden itself however, was first founded 7000 years ago alongside the Cheshmeh-ye-Soleiman. The garden is also notorious as the site of the murder of Mirza Taghi Khan known as Amir Kabir, chancellor of Nasser-al-Din Shah, Iran’s King in 1852.Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 4 km west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7500 years.

Fin Garden

Fin Garden (Bagh-e Fin) is a historical Persian garden, located in Kashan, Iran. The garden contains Kashan’s Fin Bath, famous for being the site of the murder of Amir Kabir, a Qajarid Prime Minister under Naser al-Din Shah. Amir Kabir was assassinated by someone at Fin bathhouse, who was sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852. The garden was probably first created during the Safavid era, though there were renovations later in history.It completed in 1590, Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in the country. Fin Garden features long reflecting pools, cypress trees, and plenty of Safavid era tile work. The garden’s fountains and bathhouses are remarkable for their water features and advanced system that functioned without the construction of mechanical water pumps. The central pavilion is notable for its art and décor that reflects the style of the period. Inside, a museum houses ancient ceramic statues, coins, and Persian rugs. Architectural styles include those from Safavid, Zandiyeh, and Qajar eras.

Sultan Amir Ahmad Bath

The Sultan Amir Ahmed Bath in Kashan, Iran, is a 16th century Turkish Bath built during the Safavid empire that ruled Iran and Turkey from the 16th to the 18th century. This magnificent structure, which is characterized by bony ceilings, elegant mosaics and tables, is one of the best and best preserved historical baths of Iran today. The bath, which was declared a national heritage site by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Office in 1956, is named Imamzadeh Sultan Amir Ahmad, which is close to the landscape; but little is known about this holy man.

The hammam is shaped like a large octagonal hall surrounded by eight columns, an octagonal pool in the middle and an outside seating area. The main bathroom area, however, is not so much the dressing room or bathrooms that extend to Sarbineh, where to socialize. Since ancient times, baths have played an important role in the social life of the Iranians and are still being made today. Baths are designed not only to clean and comfort themselves, but also to meet, meet, gossip and even pray.

Historical houses in Kashan

It is a historical house in Kashan,in Isfahan province, located on Alavi Street. The house was built in the 19th century by architect Ostad Ali Maryam Kashani upon the order of a wealthy merchant, Haj Seyyed Hassan Natanzi (who was nicknamed Boroujerdi because of his trade ties with the city of Boroujerd). The Boroujerdi family was seeking the hand in marriage of a girl who hailed from the affluent Tabatabaei family, for whom Ostad Ali had built the Tabatabaei House some years earlier. The condition set for the marriage was the construction of a house as beautiful as the Tabatabaei House.

The house was built in early 1880s for the affluent Tabatabaei family. It consists of four courtyards, delightful wall paintings with elegant stained glass windows and includes other classic signatures of Traditional Persian residential architecture such as biruni and andaruni. It was designed by Ustad Ali Maryam. He is the same person who later on built the Boroujerdi-ha House for the Tabatabaei’s newly married daughter.

Tepe Sialk (Sialk hills)

Tepe Sialk (Sialk hills)  is one of the most important prehistoric excavations in Iran. The archaeological complex known as Tepe Sialk consists of two hills, about half a kilometer apart, and two cemeteries known as A and B. The excavators have distinguished six main phases of occupation. This ancient hill is located 3 km to the south of Kashan. Studying the clay dishes discovered in this area revealed that its civilization dates back to 5500 BC. Other objects discovered in the area include clay tablets belonging to Elamite era. Near the central hill of Sialk, two graveyards, conventionally called A and B, have been discovered. The objects found from the excavations include iron weapons, swords, lances and piped dishes. The objects found in graveyard A date back to 2000 years BC. And those in graveyard B date back to early first millennium or late second millennium BC.