One of Iran’s most spectacular villages.Abyaneh is one of the few villages where its inhabitants have retained their traditional clothing to this day. It is also of interest to tourists. It has good facilities provided for local travelers and tourists alike. The long time ago the locals moved out of the village not knowing that someday it will indeed become a tourist attraction. Nowadays, for various reasons villages are considered to be points of interest in terms of tourism. The reason might be the cultural heritage found in these types of places or the monuments found in them or even religious attractions located in the villages.
All over Iran, there are spectacular villages that can be considered a tourist attraction. Some of them are quite famous and people visit them year round, while some of them are yet unknown. Abyaneh is one of the famous ones; a village located within Isfahan Province, in Natanz County.
On the Persian Gulf freeway, there is a sign in the middle of Kashan-Natanz road, which leads you to the village, when you see it, that’s your cue to exit the freeway. As you follow the road, a narrow and twisted path appears before you, be careful but at the same time try to enjoy the scenery. Eventually, after that, you will reach the village. It is located 35 km northeast of Natanz County, on the slopes of Karkas Mountains. The height of the village from the sea level is 2222 meters, and therefore it is referred to as one of the highest residential areas in Iran. The length of the village’s historical section is 900 meters and its width is about 3 meters.
Architecture is interesting and its monuments are very diverse. You also see various religious elements in this village: the remnants of a fire temple, a congregational mosque, and a shrine. The local’s traditional clothing is also one of the things that attract the attention of visitors.
There is no real evidence indicating the exact time of the formation of the village. According to some, the village dates back to 1500 years ago. They consider Abyaneh as one of the oldest settlements found in the Dasht-e Kavir. There are works from Sassanid, Seljuq, Safavid, and Qajar periods found in the village. They can certify as to how old the village really is. It is said that back then Safavid kings preferred Abyaneh as an overnight stay for when they traveled as part of the Natanz Yaylak. The existence of historical and cultural monuments and their spiritual value has added to the importance of this village. Abyaneh was listed as a national monument in the year 1975.