Ardestan (Persian: اردستان, also Romanized as Ardestān and Ardistān) is a city in and the capital of Ardestan County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 14,698, in 4,077 families.
Ardestan is located at the southern foothills of the Karkas mountain chain and is 110 km northeast of Isfahan. It is believed the city has been founded in Sassanian times and was strongly fortified in the 10th century. A Seljuk-era mosque, a bazaar, several ab Anbars (water ...see more storage), and historical houses of the old town are among the tourist attractions of Ardestan. Mulberry, pomegranate and a special kind of fig are the main orchard products of the town.
It has been said that the Sasanian king of kings Khosrow I (the Just) was born in this town. Ardestan is also the birthplace of Hassan Modarres.
Lying in the margin of the central desert of Iran, this town is one hundred eighty Kilometer north East of Isfahan cities. Dating back to the Parthian period. Ardestan contains famous monuments, such as historical mosques and etc...
Ardestan township is located 416 kilometer. South to Tehran on the eastern outskirts of central mountains adjacent to desert. There are isolated mountains, extensions of mountains which called Karkas (means Lammergeyer), in the south of the Ardestan. The climate of Ardestan is warm in the north of the city and cold in mountainous area of the south. According to different narratives, Ardestan is an old city founded by Dastan Saam, father of Rostam (in Shahname Ferdosi). A fire-temple was built there by Ardeshir I the founder of Sassanide dynasty. Also, it is the birthplace of Anooshiravan. In early fourth century AH., it was a fortified city with five gates covering an area of one square mile.
The historical and eye-catching sites of Ardestan are:
Several underground water reservoirs, Jogand caravansary on Ardestan-Na’een road, Water mill aggregate in Ramian and Zavareh, Sarhang Abad palace aggregate in east of Zavareh, Several old mosques.