Kerman is the largest province in southeast Iran. The whole province has about 7,000 historical attractions, 700 of which are listed on the national monuments list. This particular province is located between the provinces of Yazd, South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchistan, Hormozgan and Fars. These historical attractions have made the province one of the 5 historic cities in Iran.
Ganjali Khan Complex
This complex has several buildings that date back to the Safavid dynasty. The complex was created by Ganjali Khan, a ruler during the Shah Abbas Safavid period. It was registered as a national monument on May 26, 1347. Ganjali Khan Square is the center of a collection of elements from the city. Like other traditional Iranian markets, it has a spectacular architecture that creates an enjoyable experience. The famous bath in this complex has also become the Museum of Anthropology in Kerman, the beauty of this particular building is touching and surreal. Gitanjali khan Mint, which is now a coin museum, has put together a set of old coins to attract enthusiasts.
Vakil Bath is a magnificent building and a national monument to the core. The building’s design was influenced by the Zand-Qajar period architecture. It consists of two parts: the dressing room and a so-called traditional “Sauna”. It was built in 1280 and rebuilt in 1369.
The Jabalieh Dome is a stone building that goes back to the Sassanid period. This dome is the only stone building found in Kerman. In order to get to the dome, you need to go to the east of the city, near Pardisan Park. Kerman’s Stone Museum is also situated there.
Arg e Bam was a national monument made entirely out of adobe bricks but unfortunately, a large part of it was destroyed in the 2003 earthquake. This building is now under reconstruction. It was the largest brick structure in the world, a great fortress in which the citadel or (Arg) forms only one part of it. Nowadays the entire complex is called Arg e Bam.
Rayen Castle is the second largest brick building in the world. It is located in Kerman, southwest of the city of Rayen. Many tourists visit this magnificent monument every year.
Shazdeh Garden is located two kilometers from Mahan city. This garden goes back to the Qajar period. It is one of 9 Iranian gardens registered in UNESCO, also the garden’s information is translated into 35 languages and is in the tourism map of this organization.
Fathabad Garden has been the source used in the creation of this particular garden, it is located in the village of Ekhtiarabad and it dates back to the Qajar period. It was built as a sort of memorial to Fazl-Ali Khan. He was one of the Kerman’s rulers. Fatah Abad Garden was in fact used by one of the rulers of Kerman. An aqueduct passes through the middle of this garden. The four-season mansions, the central mansion and the tower are some of the parts worth mentioning.
The Museum of Contemporary Industrial Arts in Kerman holds the works of world-famous artists. Also, half of the museum’s works belong to one particular artist namely Seyed Ali Akbar Sanaati, and the rest belong to 83 contemporary Iranian artists and 16 foreign artists. Access to this museum is possible through Shariati Street, between the National Garden and Tahmaseb-a bad intersection.
Search Ski resort is the largest ski resort in the south-east of Kerman. This track is within an hour away from Gandom Beryan desert. It is a great place for vacations during winter. To access this trail, take the old road. After crossing the Search tunnel, the ski resort is visible from the right side of the tunnel.
Gandom Beryan desert is actually the warmest place on the face of the planet. It is considered to be one of the most amazing attractions in the world. The whole surface is covered with volcanic rocks and lava. The blackness of the surface results in more sunlight and excessive rise in temperature. It is known as the “Moon of Earth” and it becomes a paradise in winter and early spring, in which tourists visit it without worrying about the heat.
Moayedi icebox is one of the historical monuments of Kerman. This building is located on Abu Hamad Street. During that period by using unique innovations and tools called aqueducts, digging deep canals and making iceboxes and cisterns people managed to survive. Each aqueduct provided the water needed for the cisterns. In turn, the cisterns provided the water needed for the iceboxes, and finally, the big iceboxes also had a special aqueduct for themselves. In fact, before the invention of electricity, the refrigerator was used in this city. Moayedi icebox was registered as an Iranian national monument on November 2, 1999.