Kashan is located on the north of Isfahan Province and is growing as a large urban hub in central Iran. According to the 2017 census the population of Kashan was about 396,828. With a dry and semi-arid climate, Kashan is located in the heart of Iran’s Central Desert. This city is home to the legacies of one of the ancient civilizations of Iran including the remains of Tepe Sialk settlements tracing back to the 6th millennium BC. Thanks to its magnificent historic attractions and being located on Iran’s classic travel route, Kashan is included on most of Iran travel itineraries and travelers visiting Iran spend at least one day in this striking city. But visiting Kashan wouldn’t be complete without exploring its main attractions, including:
With aged cypress trees, amazing constructions from Safavid, Zandiyeh, and Qajar periods and turquoise pools and water canals passing through the gardens Fin gardens, Fin Garden of Kashan is one of the best examples of Persian Gardens which were perfectly designed as places for Iranian kings’ leisure time. This garden was designed during the Safavid Era (16th century) by the order of Shah Abbas I, and today it is one of the nine Persian Gardens registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the amazing features of Fin Garden is that despite of being located in an area with a desert climate it is a very lush garden where visitors enjoy the fresh and cool weather.
|Fin Garden - Kashan, Iran
Kashan is known for its historic houses and the Tabatabaei House which was built around 1880 is the most famous one. This work of art was designed by a master architecture named Mr. Ali Maryam, and was resided by Tabatabaei family who were carpet merchants. With 40 rooms, 3 wind towers, a large courtyard with a pool, and 2 Qanats, and wonderful designs and ornaments including stucco works, mirror works and stained glass windows, this 5000-sqaure meter house is a must see attraction in the city of Kashan.
|Tabatabaei House - Kashan, Iran
Boroujerdi House was designed and built by Mr. Ali Maryam for the son of Boroujerdi family who married the daughter of Tabatabai family and wanted to have a house even fancier than the Tabatabai House. These two houses have almost the same plans, both have Andaruni (interior the private part) and Biruni (exterior or the public part), a courtyard with a long pool, wind towers and delicate Persian ornaments, but Boroujerdi House has modern ornaments like Iranian and European wall paintings, which were so impressive to the foreigner guests from western countries.
|Boroujerdi House - Kashan, Iran
Agha Bozorg Mosque
Agha Bozorg Mosque (Aqa Bozorg Mosque) is one of the charming mosques of Iran which was built in Kashan during the 18th century. This monument consists of a central courtyard surrounded by a two story building with amazing blue tileworks picturing geometric patterns, arches, two minarets and a high earthen dome. Besides being a public place for prayer, Agha Bozorg Mosque is also a religious school.
|Agha Bozorg Mosque - Kashan, Iran
Like most of the touristic cities in Iran, Kashan has a traditional and historic bazaar which is a set of corridors, lanes and small shops and is so worth visiting. Kashan Bazaar was built during the Seljuk Era, and was renovated during the Safavid period. Kashan Bazaar is known for its magnificent architecture, especially Timche-ye Amin od-Dowleh section which was built during the 19th century. This bazaar is located among other historic monuments like mosques, tombs, bathhouses, etc.
|Timche-ye Amin od-Dowleh of Kashan Bazaar - Kashan, Iran