If you have decided to visit Kashan on your Iran trip, you can enjoy not only a collection of historical highlights, but also a hike through the Maranjab Desert. While exploring Kashan you can visit some of the most exceptional traditional Houses and bath Houses in Iran. The major highlights and points of interest in Kashan are listed as below. (You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts.)
The first human settlement of Sialk Hills
Sialk Hills are among the archeological wonders of Iran. Sialk Archeological Mounds are known as one of the oldest human settlements. There have been many archeological researches about these 7000 year-old Mounds. Some of the excavations of these hills were done by the famous French archeologist, Roman Ghirshman.
The UNESCO recognized Fin Garden
The historical Persian Fin Garden is one of the most visited attractions of Kashan. The whole garden with all the structures that surround this heavenly garden, showcase a kind of combination of nature with culture and history in the Iranian architecture. The existence of old cypress trees in the middle of a desert-like city of Kashan adds to the beauty of Fin Garden. Fin Bath House is also located along this Garden. This Bath House is where the famous prime minister of Qajar dynasty known as Amir Kabir was murdered.
Aqa Bozorg Religious School and Mosque
This 18th century mosque in the heart of Kashan is an example of a fine religious school. The blue and turquoise tiles along with the symmetrical pattern of this mosque has caught the eyes of many of its visitors. The many techniques of natural air-conditioning can also be seen in the architecture of Aqa Bozorg Religious School and Mosque. The two minaret of the mosque are actually wind catchers. Moreover, the whole structure is designed in a way so that the wind can pass through the rooms during the hot days of the desert.
Sultan Ahmad Bathhouse
All around Iran when there is a mosque and a Bazaar, there is also a Bath House. Kashan Sultan Ahmad’s Bath House is one of the best preserved examples of Persian Bath Houses in Iran. The patterns of its ceiling and the decorations of the Bath House have made it one of the most visited touristic attractions in Kashan.
The magnificent Traditional Houses of Kashan
- Tabatabayi House in Kashan which is known as the bride of Iranian Traditional Houses with its Qajar Architecture.
- Abbasian House which holds a collection of some of the most stunning stucco works of Iranian-Islamic architecture
- Boroujerdi House which was designed by master architects and painters for 18 years before it was fully completed
- Ameri-Ha House which was designed with special plaster work, mirror works, and wooden doors with stained-glass windows in 19th
Local Food & Signature Dishes of Kashan
You can try several Persian dishes in Kashan Restaurants. Here is a list of hand-picked Restaurants and Cafes in Kashan. If you are looking for signature Kashan dishes, there is the Nokhod Alleh stew which is made with chickpeas, meat, and rosewater. There is also a special rice dish which is called Kateh Moatar. The signature Kashan dishes are cooked with rosewater and special mixture of spices. The main souvenir of Kashan is, as mentioned before, Kashan’s Rosewater and other herbal essences which are famous in Iran and around the world. Kashan cotton candy, Haji Badami (a kind of covered almond), and Kashan Baklava are among the famous edible souvenirs of Kashan.
Handicraft & Souvenirs
The textile industry has always been at its peak during the most prosperous eras in Iran. Accordingly, Kashan handicrafts is much associated with carpet weaving and velvet, brocade, and silk weaving. Carpet weaving in Kashan has been inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Among all Persian Carpets, Kashan Carpets are recognizable for their unique designs.
Kashan Persian Ceramic and pottery are also another famous handicraft of this city. The evidence of pottery making in Kashan dates back to 7000 years ago in Tepe Sialk. Weaving Giveh (a kind of traditional shoe) is also a popular art among the villagers of Kashan. While exploring Kashan, you can find many workshops and stores (specially in Kashan’s Traditional Bazaar) selling different types and designs of Kashan’s finest Handicrafts and Carpets.