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Kandovan Village

Kandovan Village is One of the few manmade cliff dwellings in the world where people still live the traditional life. The special atmosphere in the Village is mesmerizing, mostly because it is so archaic. People’s lifestyle in this particular village is different from many other villages in Iran. The climate, natural environment, and the mountainous environment is another reason to travel to this amazing village.
Due to the geographical condition of Iran, there is diversity in every aspect of life. The vegetation, animals, and climate alongside with architectural, agricultural and lifestyle aspects. The specific characteristics of each region have affected its architecture and construction, making the north, south, center and mountainous regions of Iran different in terms of shape in proportion to their surroundings. Of course, today, due to new architectural methods, most of the buildings in our country have become similar in appearance. The chaos of luxury houses, shopping malls, hotels, has spread to most of the cities in Iran but hearing that people are still living traditionally and without luxuries and glamor of today’s life is very strange and interesting.

Kandovan Village
We want to talk about a village that is spectacular and interesting in every aspect. Our destination is the historic Kandovan village; a vibrant exhibition of life among rocks and, the birthplace of man and nature, and the best example of companionship and simplicity.
East Azerbaijan province is full of wonders and attractions; from the monuments of Tabriz, Maragheh and Jolfa to the rivers, forests and mountainous forests that immerse the province in beauty and glory. Meanwhile, Kandovan has another story. A village in Osku County that goes back quite a lot, and a special architecture that makes it a wonder.
Kandovan village is located on the slopes of Mount Sultan Daghi, in the heart of Sahand mountain range. This village was created over time due to lava and molten materials left over from the volcanic eruptions of Sahand Mountain, and of course human interference. Kandovan is one of the few villages in Iran and the world, along with Cappadocia villages in Turkey, Dakota in the United States, and Meymand village in Kerman that have this particular form of architecture. However, today only the two villages of Meymand and Kandovan have residents, and the rest are mostly vacant. Kandovan has a height of 2,200 meters from the sea level, Kandovan River flows along the village and it is part of the Sahand Rural District.
Kandovan village was registered on the list of Iran’s national monuments due to its architecture and the lifestyle of its people with the registration number 1857, on May 15, 1997.

Kandovan Village

Citadel of Karim Khan

The citadel of Karim Khan is located in the north-east of Shiraz city. At that time Shiraz was Iran’s capital. It was built as a part of a complex and is named after Karim Khan, it served as his living quarters. In shape, it resembles a medieval fortress. Karim Khan invited the best architects and artists of the time and bought the best materials from other cities and abroad for the construction of the citadel which was quickly constructed.

Citadel of Karim Khan

During the Zand dynasty, Citadel of Karim Khan was used by the king as living quarters. During the Qajar era, it was used as the governor’s seat. The governor ordered the miniatures in the citadel to be renovated. After the fall of the Qajar dynasty, it was converted into a prison and the paintings were plastered over.

Citadel of Karim Khan

The Citadel of Karim Khan is in the center of a compound. It consists of four high walls. The walls are connected by four circular brick towers at a 90-degree angle. Recently, the southern tower has a noticeable lean. Inside the citadel lies the inner court with citrus trees. Each wall is three meters thick at the base and 2.8 meters at the top. The surface of the walls and towers are decorated with the brick in simple, geometric relief pattern which makes you think about design elements on the carpets and kilims. The design of the Citadel of Karim-khan combines military and residential architecture, for example, it was the home of Karim Khan and later on, it was a military center.
Today, this historical and beautiful place is a museum operated by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization.

Citadel of Karim Khan

Review by: Masoud Farhad

Caravansary in Iran

Caravansary in Iran According to historical sources, the origin of caravansaries in Iran goes back to the reign of Achaemenids. They flourished whenever a central powerful state ruled the country providing higher safety and security of roads and thus transport of commodities. The peak of security and commercial motivations was seen under Shah Abbas’ reign, Thus the Safavid era can be considered as the Golden era in the history of caravansaries in Iran.

Caravansary in Iran

Are you familiar with luxury hotels in Iran?
In today’s article, we are going to introduce 10 luxury hotels across Iran along with services they offer based on their rates; we hope you find it useful and informative.

1.Kish Island: Toranj Marine Hotel
This hotel is known as the most expensive hotel in Iran, which mostly originates from its special location, i.e. off the Persian Gulf coast; you will never forget the unique and astonishing view of the seafloor from the hotel’s glass floors as well as the sun-set and horizon from your room’s balcony. Double rooms cost you 425 euro per night.

Toranj Marine Hotel
Toranj Marine Hotel


2.Kish Island: Sorinet Maryam Hotel
Mostly known for its number-one breakfast buffet in the country as well as its special location, this hotel focuses on providing guests with high-quality services, relying on their online reviews. Here, double rooms cost you 222 euro per night.

Sorinet Maryam Hotel
Sorinet Maryam Hotel


3.Isfahan: Abbasi Hotel
Carrying the title of the most beautiful hotel in the Middle East, Abbasi Hotel is the perfect and also popular choice for tourists visiting the historically rich city of Esfahan. With the hotel located in the city’s old and ancient fabric, guests will enjoy the sights, places, handicrafts and kind people of this city. A double room costs 125 euro per night.

Abbasi Hotel
Abbasi Hotel


4.Mashhad: Darvishi Royal Hotel
With its unique structure and design, Darvishi Royal hotel has 20 floors, each influenced by Indian, Roman, Arabic and Egyptian culture and architecture; there also floors that take you back to the pre and post Islamic Iranian era, you would not want to miss. Each double room will cost you 122 euro per night.

Darvishi Royal Hotel
Darvishi Royal Hotel


5.Shiraz: Zandiyeh Hotel
With Shiraz as one of the major destinations of tourists, this 5-star hotel is the perfect choice for tourists; it is located in a historical part of the city near the Arg-e Karimkhan, built in the 18th century; the hotel also provides a mixture of traditional Iranian architecture and the modern art along with restaurants offering the best traditional local dishes; each double room will cost you 117 euro per night.

Zandiyeh Hotel
Zandiyeh Hotel


6.Tabriz: Kaya Laleh Park Hotel
Newly built by the Turkey-based Kaya Hotels and Resorts is one of the best neighborhoods of Tabriz, this hotel is well-reputed for its high-quality services in this area; it also has its own shopping center and a double room will cost you 154 euro per night.
Now, it is time to focus on the best hotels you will find in Tehran.

Kaya Laleh Park Hotel
Kaya Laleh Park Hotel


7.Tehran: Taj Mahal Hotel
With its unique look thanks to the Iranian and Indian design and architecture, the Taj Mahal is a hotel apartment with 2 restaurants; one is named Mahi Mahi, which offers fish-based dishes, with the fish taken mostly from the north of Iran and the other is called the Indian Restaurant offering delicious and spicy local Indian food. A two-bedroom apartment costs you about 220 euro per night.

taj mahal hotel Tehran
Taj mahal hotel Tehran


8.Tehran: Parsian Azadi Hotel
Known as one of the oldest luxury hotels in Iran with high-quality services, Parsian Azadi is also home to Bice Italian restaurant, which is said to be one of its kind in the country. A double room costs you 212 euro per night.

Parsian Azadi Hotel
Parsian Azadi Hotel


9.Tehran: Espinas Palace Hotel
This modern and newly built 5-star hotel is located in the north-west of Tehran, close to Sa’adatabad neighborhood. You will have a beautiful view of Alborz mountains from your room. A double room will cost you 205 euro per night.

Espinas Palace Hotel
Espinas Palace Hotel


10.Tehran: Espinas Hotel

Finally, if you desire to stay near the center of Iran’s capital, Espinas Hotel, built in 2010, seems to be the perfect choice for you; it will give you a good sense of Tehran’s historical texture. Each double room will cost 200 euro per night.

Espinas hotel Tehran
Espinas hotel Tehran