Desert and Mountains

Kerman (Alt. 1755 m) (1038 km from Tehran) is located on a high margin of Kavir-E Lut (Lut Desert) in the central south of Iran. The city of cumin, carpet, copper, coal, clear air, and caravanserais on the caravan route, connecting Iran to the subcontinent.Kerman is a delightful town, dating from the third century AD. Surrounded by dramatic desert and mountain scenery, the city offers many notable sights.

Ganj Ali Khan Complex: Ganjali Khan was one of the rulers during reign of Shah Abbas of Safavid the 17th century. As the ruler of Kerman province he constructed many monuments and building, Ganjali khan complex is composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai and a public bath, a water reservoir, a mint house, a mosque, a tea house and a bazaar.The historic bath now is an ethnographic museum with unique work of architecture with beautiful tile work, painting, stuccos and arches.

Gonbad-e-Jabaliyeh – It is mysterious tomb as it is not clear when it was built and it is made of stone rather than more usual brick.

Mouyedi Ice-House – an amazing cone shaped 17th century ice-house. There are several small-gardens around this ice-house which were filled with the water in winter, then after that the water iced, the ices lead to the ice-house to use in summer.

Friday mosque- An impressive historical monuments of the 14th century, famous for its magnificent portal, mihrab with mosaic and tile decorations.

Ghal’e Dokhtar – A historical Sasanid fortifications in the hills in the east of Kerman

Moshtri-ye-Moshtak Ali Shah – The mausoleum of one of famous Sufi in Qajar period it has beautiful stuccowork with blue and white tiled roof.

Bazaar -The Vakil Bazaar is one of the historical sites of Kerman. It houses many historical buildings that date back to the 17th century. Bazaar Architecture is a great attraction, fulfilled with the smells of oriental spices.

Mahan-Located to the Southeast of Kerman (36 km) on the route from Kerman to is famous for the impressive mausoleum of the highly great Sufi leader, Shah-Nemat-ollah-e-Vali, who died in 1431,as well as the Shazadeh Garden, Shahzadeh” means “prince” in Persian, once was the summer residence of a prince of the Qajar Dynasty it isa typlcal Persian Garden with a collection of pools leading to a large palace.
Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine – an inspirational building dedicated to the memory of a 15th century poet and Dervish.

Shahzadeh Garden – The 19th-century summer residence of the Qajar princes.

The Rayan Citadel – the impressive medieval fortified town.Citadel is a historical site situated in the south-west of Rayen city and is considered the biggest earthen structure of Kerman province after Bam Citadel which was destroyed in an earthquake a few years ago. It is believed that Rayen Citadel dates back to the Sassanid era, although what is remained today belongs to the Islamic period constructions, mainly Safavid era and afterwards. It covers a 20,000-square-meter area, remaining a symbol of the residential fortresses during the ancient times. Just like other fortresses, it consists of the public quarter and the aristocratic zone. The essential sectors such as Zoor khaneh (gymnasium for a traditional Persian sport), mosque, bazaar and stable can be seen in the citadel. The citadel is made of Mud with outer walls 3m thick at the base 1m thick at the top supporting most of the ark’s 15 towers Natural and historical attractions of Rayen area are not just limited to the ancient citadel. Rayen, located on the foothills of Hezar Mountains and a beautiful waterfall, enjoys a favourable climate in Kerman province. The mountain with a height of 4465 meters is the highest mountain in Kerman province and the forth of Iran. Caraway, which is a famous seed of Kerman province, grows wild in these mountains.

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