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Kashan (Persian: کاشان‎, also Romanized as Kashan; also known as Kachan) is a city in and the capital of Kashan County, in the province of Isfahan, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 248,789, in 67,464 families. The etymology of the city name comes from Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this changed to Kashian, hence the town name. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries Kashan was an important ...see more centre for the production of high quality pottery and tiles. In modern Persian, the word for a tile (kashi) comes from the name of the town. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 4 km west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7,000 years. The artifacts uncovered at Sialk reside in the Louvre in Paris and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Iran's National Museum. By some accounts although not all Kashan was the origin of the three wise men who followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus, as recounted in the Bible.[3] Whatever the historical validity of this story, the attribution of Kashan as their original home testifies to the city's prestige at the time the story was set down. Abu-Lu'lu'ah/Pirouz Nahāvandi, the Persian soldier who was enslaved by the Islamic conquerors and eventually assassinated the caliph Umar al-Khattab in AH 23 (643/4 CE), reportedly fled to Kashan after the assassination and lived there some years before being finally caught and executed. His tomb is one of Kashan's conspicuous landmarks (see gallery below). Sultan Malik Shah I of the Seljuk dynasty ordered the building of a fortress in the middle of Kashan in the 11th century. The fortress walls, called Ghal'eh Jalali still stand today in central Kashan. Kashan was also a leisure vacation spot for Safavi Kings. Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), specifically, is one of the most famous gardens of Iran. This beautiful garden with its pool and orchards was designed for Shah Abbas I as a classical Persian vision of paradise. The original Safavid buildings have been substantially replaced and rebuilt by the Qajar dynasty although the layout of trees and marble basins is close to the original. The garden itself however, was first founded 7000 years ago alongside the Cheshmeh-ye-Soleiman. The garden is also notorious as the site of the murder of Mirza Taghi Khan known as Amir Kabir, chancellor of Nasser-al-Din Shah, Iran's King in 1852. House of Borujerdis. 1870s. The earthquake of 1778 leveled the city of Kashan and all the edifices of Shah Abbas Safavi, leaving 8000 casualties. But the city started afresh and has today become a focal tourist attraction via the numerous large houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, illustrating the finest examples of Qajari aesthetics. Reference: www.wikipedia.org

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Kashan's Tourist attractions

Niasar ( Rais ) cave

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The Niasar cave (called Reis Cave by locals) is thoroughly man-made, except for one or two natural chambers near the entrance openings. The cave is believed to be a Mitra temple (Mitra was ancient Persian religion). Its first cut possibly dates back to the Partian (Arsacid) era, 24...

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Niasar Waterfall

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Location: Niasar waterfall is located in Niasar City,Isfahan Province. Few meters down to the Niasar fire temple there is a clean and cool spring which flows through the village. The spring is called Skandar and it is considered as the most known earliest springs. It is 1680 meters ...

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Historical bath and watermill of Niasar

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Historical bathhouse and watermill are other ancient monument of Niasar city. According to some research they belong to Safavid era. The Ancient Bathhhouse: It’s interesting to know how water transfers into the bath. Water was conducted into a beautiful Octagon and thereafter went to ...

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Niasar fire temple ( Chahar Taghi )

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The Niasar Fire Temple or Niasar Chahar Taghi (Four Arches) is a structure with a dome over a rock at the highest point of Niasar Village, located 28 kilometers west of Kashan city, Isfahan province. The fire temple, which can be seen from quite a distance, has remained relatively inta...

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Silk hill

Silk hill

Location: right side of Kashan road, Kashan, Isfahan. Silk hill, was one of the oldest human settlements and temples of prehistoric humans in Iran. In fact ziggurat or the place of worship of the ancient tribes and is the first place where urbanization formed by Aryans. It is made of ...

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Fin Garden kashan

Fin Garden kas...

Fin Garden, or Bagh-e Fin, located in Kashan, Iran, is a historical Persian garden. It contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir Kabir, the Qajarid chancellor, was murdered by an assassin sent by King Nasereddin Shah in 1852. Completed in 1590, the Fin Garden is the oldest extant garden in...

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Kashan bazzar

Kashan bazzar

kashan market One of the most attractive places of kashan to visit is big and old market of kashan. This market from Seljuk period to now,has been active and thriving. Kashan market with it’s vast area including many large number of market and passes and dozens of historic buildings s...

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Tabatabyiha house

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tabatabaeis house With dare we can title tabatabaeis house as the bride of Iranian house. Proper architecture and super beautiful look of it has brought this fame and name to it. Construction of this house began in 1250 and made over 10 years. Tabatabaeis house was personal property o...

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Kashan's Customs

Rose Water Distillation Ceremony ( Golab Giri )

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In Ordibehesht, coincident May and June, an annual festival of Rose and Rose Water is being held in Kashan, Iran. This is the time for picking up the Mohammadi roses to obtain rosewater out of them. The season for picking rose and preparing rose water is from 21 april to 21 may. In ea...

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White bean stew(Abgoosht)

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