Kermanshah is located in the middle of the Zagros Mountains and it has always been considered by people from the Stone Age for its weather, mountainous nature and the presence of sanctuaries and natural caves.
In terms of remnants of prehistoric settlements, Kermanshah is one of the important regions in Iran and Western Asia. The earliest works of human habitation in Kermanshah go back to the Paleolithic period which includes several stone shaped axes found in the Gakia region and the west of Harsin. These works are at least 200,000 years old. Significant works have been discovered from the Stone Age in the caves of Kermanshah, most of them in Mesopotamian and Neolithic periods.
Anahita Temple is the largest stone building in Iran after Persepolis. It is considered to be one of the ancient monuments of the BC era and is located in Kanarek, Kermanshah Province. According to historical documents, this temple was used as a temple to seek the respect and protection of the goddess of water, Anahita. After the advent of Islam in Iran, questions were raised as to how the temple had managed to endure for so long. This great monument dates back to the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian periods.
Fash Mirage is one of the most beautiful natural attractions of Cannavaro, located 10 kilometers southwest of the city. The mirage is about 1645 meters above sea level. It is composed of several springs stemming from the Zagros Mountains. The agricultural water in the whole village comes from this particular mirage. Visar and Bayjan are among the most important rivers that originate from this Mirage. Visar River flows through the village and it is mostly used for irrigation gardens, eventually, it flows into the Bayjan River. This river is used to water agricultural lands nearby. Like all other mirages, this one, in particular, has been created from the limestone formation of the region.
Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk
Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk goes back to the Qajar period, around 114 years ago. This building is a mourning site located in Haddad-e-Adel Street, in Kermanshah. Old people still know the neighborhood with its old name, Abshooran.
Kermanshah’s market is one of the main sections of the city and one of the largest indoor markets in Iran. The market is a proper tourist attraction. In this market, you can buy local clothing, souvenirs, and handicrafts from the Kermanshah Province.
Zagros Paleolithic Museum
Zagros Paleolithic Museum is a prehistoric art site, one of the world’s best-known museums. It is considered to be the first Middle Eastern Paleolithic Museum. The museum is located in the Modaress Street in Kermanshah. It was founded in 2007 by Fereydoun Biglari and Moradi Bitoni. It includes a collection of tools and human bones from the Paleolithic periods in Iran and other countries.
The oldest piece of work in the museum is the tools that have been discovered in the Khorasan River from nearly a million years ago. Also in the museum are Moulages from the Neanderthal-human skull and the intelligent man and also images rebuilt from the Stone Age hunters.
Shafei Mosque is a Sunni Mosque in the city of Kermanshah. It is located in the Kermanshah Market, established in 1324. This mosque leads to the Janshir Square on the one hand, and on the other to the market. It was bought by a number of Sunni benefactors under the leadership of the late Hajj Molasid Hussein Mas’udi. Today, prayers will be held only in the new mosque built alongside the old one.
Taq Boston is a collection of rocks and stones from the Sassanid period that is located in Iran’s Taq Boston neighborhood located northwest of Kermanshah. It was built in the third century and has a great artistic and historical value.
Bam-e Kermanshah is located in the northern part of Kermanshah. it is one of the largest and most beautiful tourist parks in Kermanshah and Iran, located near Taq Boston. In this park, two artificial waterfalls have been built alongside with a building as a memorial for anonymous martyrs.
Kermanshah can be named after Isfahan as the second city to have a flower garden. It is one of the most unique attributes a city can have. An area of 5 hectares, home to 4,000 species of flowers. Four gardens of Iranian, Italian, French and Japanese flowers. It is a beautiful and spectacular region in the spring and summer seasons.
Sadaf Birds Garden
Sadaf Birds Garden is the largest in the Middle East and it is equipped with a boarding hospital for birds.
90% of the birds are imported from South America and East Asia, one the most important species in the garden is a black swan alongside a host of different chicken and cocks. It has 30 thousand birds and 130 species, of which 90% of them are foreign birds and 10% are Iranian birds.
Sahneh, the capital of Iran’s mystical music
The city is located on the road from Kangavar to Behistun. Throughout the streets of this city, Platanus trees give a special freshness to the environment.
The city and its people are all about music, it is considered to be the capital of mystical music in Iran. Most of Iran’s Tanburists have come from this city.
A World Heritage Site from Achaemenian Era in Kermanshah. A somewhat unique set of artifacts have been found in this particular site. Behistun Inscription and Relief are just the tips of the iceberg. A multilingual inscription and rock relief which goes back to the Achaemenid period.
Taq-e Gara is a stone structure located on the road from Kermanshah to Sarpol-e Zahab. It is essentially an arch made of stone blocks. The walls are carved with geometric patterns.
Ghar Parau is the name of a cave in the Parau Mountain, located 12 km northeast of Kermanshah, between Taq-e Boston and Behistun Mountains. The cave was discovered 40 years ago. It was then the largest vertical cave in the world, which is why at the time they called it the Everest of caves.
Hashilan Wetland is located about 30 km northwest of Kermanshah. There are 110 small and large islands in the area with an area of approximately 100 square meters to about one hectare. During winter and on rainy days, due to the increased water, some of them are hidden.
Kanduleh village, a remnant of the Buyid dynasty
Kanduleh has located 52 km from Sahneh and 75 km from the center of Kermanshah, in the district of Dinner.
Hajj village, exceptional architecture
An exceptional village with exceptional architecture, a destination of many tourists every year. The village is a sight to see, from its step shape formation to the natural wonders that are in the vicinity.
Quri Qala is one of the most beautiful and most valuable water caves in the world, it is 65 million years old. The cave was found with the efforts of English and French Speleologists and Zoologists when they came to find the bats living in the surrounding forests.
One of the interesting areas of tourism in the province of Kermanshah is the recreational area of Dālānī, good weather with beautiful waterfalls and natural scenery which attracts tourists every year.