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June 14th 2011
According to Iranian myths, the history of Damghan begins with the construction of this place by Hooshang, who was credited with the establishment of the Pishdadi dynasty in Iran, and was the great grandson of Keyumars. The town had many names and one of them is Qoomes. This was originally a province which extended from Sabzevar to Garmsar, with the Alborz mountains bordering the north and the Lut desert in the south. Damghan was the capital of this province until 1st century. When Alexander invaded Iran, it got the name of Hecatompylos, the name the Greeks attributed to all flourishing cities. The Tappeh Hessar There are remains of an ancient settlement in the town by the name of Tappeh Hessar. Before you take a trip to Iran, it is interesting to know that the archaeologists Professor ... read more
May 25th 2011
History of Ahvaz takes you back to the time when the name was coined in Darius' epigraph. The Naqsh-Rostam inscription also carries this word in the form of "Khaja" or "Khooja". Initially, this city was called Ohrmazd-Ardaser and it dates back to the time when the Sassanid dynasty was established. It was built overlaying the old city of Taryana which was famous in the Achaemenian times. It is not very clear whether the town of Ahvaz was founded by Ardashir I in 230 or by Hormozd I, his grandson. This place was also known as Humser. It rose in prominence during the Sassanid era with many dams and an irrigation system being constructed. Some of the dams include Band-e Bala Rud, Band-e Mizan, Band-e Borj Ayar and Band-e Khak. The city became the capital of the ... read more
April 30th 2011
Your travel to Shahroud will take you to the largest city of Semnan province. It is located 410 km from Tehran as well as from Mashad, making a junction with the Gorgan road. It is bordered on the north by the Alborz mountains and in the south, by the desert regions. The river Tash, flows through the place and empties itself in the desert. The town experiences cold weather towards the mountainous side and temperate climate in other parts of the city. Located in Damghan basin, you will also find influences of the Great Salt Desert in this town. Old Settlement Many archaeological discoveries made in 2006 have found proof of a very old settlement in Shahroud, dating back to about 8000 years ago. The items found on the site include ovens and craft workshops, which ... read more
April 23rd 2011
History of Mashad is all about the transformation of a small village to a flourishing city it is today. It dates back to 9th century when it was known by the name of Sanabad. The governor of Khorasan called Hamid ibn Qahtabi had a summer palace in this place. When the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid was passing through this town in 808, he became sick and died. The region under the Hamid ibn Qahtabi palace served as the burial ground of this caliph. Imam Ali al-Reza was also killed by Al-Ma'mun in 818 and was laid to rest alongside the grave of Harun under the palace. This area was then given the name Mashad al-Riza which means, the place of the martyrdom of Ali al-Riza. It became a pilgrimage center for the Shias. The 9th century ... read more
April 19th 2011
You can travel to Semnan by taking the route connecting Tehran with Khorassan province. The beginning of the 10th century saw the city as an important place under the Al Ziyad dynasty and then the Al Booyeh dynasty. The Turks of Qaz were responsible for the destruction of the town in 1027 which was followed soon after by the Mongol invasion in 1218. But Semnan again bounced back to prosperity when the Safavid and Qajar kings came to the throne. It is a beautiful city today attracting many tourists from all around the world. Attractions of the Town Among the many places you can see when you travel to Semnan, are the ornamented minaret belonging to the 12th century and many huge places of worship. The bazaars of the city are famous for the local grains, ... read more
April 18th 2011
History of Qom dates back to the 5th millennium BC when many people resided in the city. There are many ancient buildings, relics and texts which indicate the town was a regional one and named Kum. When the Arabs invaded Iran in the 7th century, they renamed this region as Qom. Umar ibn al-Khattab was the caliph during the invasion by the Arabs. Abu Musa Ash'ari also sent his soldiers to help Arabs fight this town in 645 AD. This resulted in a fierce war between the two sides. The place came into prominence when the Seljuk dynasty ruled here too. When the Mongols entered this region, there was destruction everywhere. When Oljeitu ruled over Iran, the ruling Mongol dynasty called the Ilkhanate converted to Islam. The city then became very popular and underwent a revival. ... read more
April 12th 2011
When you visit Bastam, you will find that it is ideally located with the Golestan province on its northern side and Semnan to the south. The western side is bordered by the Alborz range and attractive villages adding charm to it. The eastern side is flanked by the Miyami plains. If you count the population of the region which includes the districts of Kalateh Khij, Majan and Kharaqan's Qale-ye-Nou along with 30 other rural settlements, you will find about 48,000 people who depend on livestock breeding and farming for their livelihood. Natural Scenery A trip to Iran is incomplete without enjoying the natural beauty of Bastam. You will find snow-capped mountains in winter with the area having a terrific climate the whole year through. It is a treat to visit Bastam in spring and summer when ... read more
April 7th 2011
History of Kashan introduces you to the fact that the city had its grand origin long before the Elamite period in Iran. It was one of the main centers of civilization during the prehistoric ages. This has been brought to light by the excavations done in the Sialk hillocks which are located near the town. You can see the Sialk historical mound (some believe it is a ziggurat) even today in the outskirts of Kashan which still stands after about 7000 years. The artifacts of Sialk have been preserved at different museums in Iran and throughout the globe. Some people believe that the three wise men who saw the birth of Jesus originated in this city. They followed the star to Bethlehem. Thus, this place assumes a lot of importance to the ones who believe in ... read more
April 3rd 2011
History of Tabriz tells us that it dates back to 3rd or 4th century when the Sassanid dynasty ruled over Persia. As Arabs' conquest of Iran took place, Tabriz was not given any importance. The Arabs concentrated more on Ardebil instead of this city to get together the Iranian armies in Azerbaijan, which suggests that it was nowhere like the big town it is today. When Muslims took over the control of Iran, the city was populated by the Arab tribe Azd which hailed from Yemen. The development of the town was truly made when Zubaidah, the wife of Harun-al-Rashid, the Abbasid caliph, took over the reconstruction of Tabriz in 791. From Village To City Before you order a tour to Iran, you can find out all about the Mongols' invasion, after which Tabriz was made ... read more
March 27th 2011
History of Kerman can be traced back to its establishment as a defense outpost by Ardeshir I in the 3rd century. He was the first ruler of the Sassanid dynasty and called this defense outpost by the name of Behdesir. This place was passed on to the Muslim rulers in 642 following the battle of Nahavand. But, the Zoroastrians and the Kharijites still lived in this city till 698. After that, the population was totally Muslim by the year 725. During this time, the town became well known for some textiles including cashmere wool shawls. Learning about all this before your trip to Iran will increase your curiosity for the country. Naming of the City You will learn from the history of Kerman that the Abbasid Caliphate did not have a strong influence over this region. ... read more