🕒 2 minute read Hamedan is one of those cities and provinces that consists several historical, natural sites and villages, such as Varkaneh that is very well known as Iranian renaissance village which has been built by stone only.
Varkaneh (locally called Cheshmeh Qol Qol), is one of the stone villages of Iran that is located about 20 km away rom Hamedan. The kurdish names has been picked up for this village and its translated into English translation; Being along the Spring water.
Yearly several people will visit this village as it reminds many of travelers, renaissance period of Europe because of its particular architecture. History of this village dates back to 17th century and people of this village are mostly artists for designing stone houses or even construction activities.
Architecture of this village is eye-catching as most of the mansions and houses are well designed with small stones that are all nicely shaped and color of them changes because of having lights from different angles. The reason, locals of this village used stone more than materials is, being close to several mines and having several options for types of stone as they want. This even will help them in cold winter and will remain better than muds.
Varkaneh, has a circular shape around the Qanat that is centrally located in this village and other buildings are construced around it. Despite its wonderful architecture that brings the attention of everyone who come to visit, there are some historical and religious buildings there as well such as old mosque, Khan House, old castle, etc.
As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this village in a day off while you are Hamedan, especially in autumn when it is colorful.
🕒 2 minute read Many People have heard Iran is the country of 4 seasons and they even prefer to visit it in winter as well. Especially those who are interested in Skiing activities, will choose Tarik Dareh as it’s the 3rd largest resort of Iran.
Iran in middle east with several potentials in tourism, is one of the top chosen destinations for many travelers especially those who are looking for any cultural tours. In fact, many people do not know whether there is any possibility of coming to Iran in winter time and go skiing despite taking cultural tours.
Hamedan is one of those cities that provides all these possibilities for travelers in order to improve tourism in this town and surrounding. Tarikh-Dareh ski resort is the 3rd largest one in the country after the two famous ones in Tehran, Dizin & Shemshak. Yearly several domestic and foreign tourists will go skiing in this resort and have a wonder time.
Many people may ask how to reach this resort, it’s located along the road of Ganjnameh about 10 km away from Hamedan. As this is at the foot of Mount Alvand, the lowest elevation is of the resort is about 2600m. This could have been the reason that resort has an amazing powdery snow on it. The length of the ski slope is 1,700 meters which is quite good enough.
Another point we can make is, having decent hotel and accommodation lodge for those who are willing to stay longer in this resort. It’s just next to the opening door of resort, however, it may cost you a little higher than what you normally pay in Hamedan but it’s really worth-staying.
🕒 2 minute read There is no doubt that one of the most interesting and exciting historical sites of Hamedan is the tomb of Hoyquq-o-Nabi that is buried in Tuyserkan. He was one of the prophets who came about 700 BCE to lead Jews.
There is not a certain document about his place of birth or even when he was born but most of people are of the opinion that he could have been living back in 607 BCE in Jerusalem from a mother who was the player of religious music in Solomon temple and from a father of Yaousha.
What most of historians and archaeologists agree on is, Hoyquq lived in Jerusalem back then and was a guard of the largest and the most important temple of Jews there. He was also the 8th prophet out of 12 that used to have a chapter in old testament.
His tomb: The same as other prophets and messengers, there are several stories about his burial place. Several people strongly believe he has been buried in Kadarim of Israel. IN another way, many are of the opinion that he has been arrested for several years in Babylon and got released by Cyrus the great. Since then he had moved to Tuyserkan as there was the largest community of Jews outside Babylon.
Although he was one of the top ranked prophets of Jews, his tomb is quite simple and with no fancy decoration. Its been renovated several times in history until 20 years ago. As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this monument in a day trip from Hamedan in order to visit this holy and sacred spot despite an extraordinary landscape along the road.
🕒 2 minute read Dasht-e Mishan is one of the most well-known spots in Hamedan that has become very popular for both foreign and domestic tourists. When it comes to have a short trekking tour, this is one of the top ranked routes for visitors.
Many people are interesting in trying new activities despite routine city tours for traveling to any particular destination. Dasht-e Mishan enables everyone visiting an extraordinary landscape along Mt. Alvand peak. It’s highly recommended to visit this spot in spring and summer because of having pleasant weather and its being exposed to a enormous valley.
Relatively recently, at this location some huts have been considered and built for professional mountain climbers, at two different locations. The first hut is on hills has an speculator view of the city and 2nd one is vicinity of the peak.
In order to reach this location, we need to go forward Abbas Abad valley and take a detour road from Ganjnameh, however, from Dasht-e Mishan, there is an extraordinary view of the waterfall that brings the attention of everyone.
🕒 2 minute read Traveling to Hamedan has several advantages as it has been the capital of many dynasties such as Medians & Persian Empire, Seljuk, parthians, etc. This causes having several unique architectures in different corners of the city such as Qorban Tower.
Qorban tower is one of the most important sites of Hamedan as it has been the cemetery of several Seljuk kings. Later on, it has persevered its sacred as it is a huge complex of Monastery, school, Mosque, library, etc. In fact, there is not a certain documentary about the history of the building before but what is registered over the last centuries is, It was used during invasion of Afghans to Iran by a person who was named Qorban.
As it is mentioned, during renovation in 20th century, a local cemetery was excavated that archaeologists are of the opinion that here belongs to Seljuk monarchs. Unfortunately, this monument has changed several times but there is only one tablet inside that represent this tower has been used in 17th century by Qorban.
Architecture: The earliest building has been a 12-side building and consists cellar, main hall and dome. The shape and material of this tower represents Seljuk architecture as they have only used baked bricks for external decoration. However, the same as other monuments from the same dynasty, its been decorated by stucco.
As travel consultants we would highly, recommend visiting this monument in the morning while you are about to visit tomb of Avicenna.
🕒 2 minute read Alavian Dome is one of the top tanked sites of Hamedan that is very well known for its brick work and stucco that has been built in Islamic periods.
History: According to history of Hamedan, this monument dates back to late Seljuk periods and has been built in 13th century by Alavian family and this could have been the reason to name it. Later on, by adding a cellar it turned to be the family cemetery of Alavian. However, there are not many graves under the domed hall but people are of the opinion that all family are buried underneath.
Architecture: There is no doubt that Alavian domed hall is one of the most impressive monuments of Hamedan however, there is no dome anymore as it’s been gone by earthquake. Many people are of the opinion that Alavian dome is a masterpiece monument from Seljuk period because of its nodes and stucco. The original building was a domed hall that was square shaped, however, after earthquake, this monument is turned to be a flat roofed hall.
The shape of this monument is similar to Red domed hall of Maraghe that has been built a century before this one but there has less decoration of stucco. The shape of stuccos is similar to beehives, flowers, inscripts, etc. Inside the domed hall, there is a mihrab that is decorated by Stucco and is faced to Mecca.
As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this monument on the way to Hegmataneh ancient city to those who are looking for visiting unique architectures.
🕒 2 minute read There is no doubt that Hegmataneh Ancient city is one of the most beautiful spots in Hamedan. Many people are of the opinion that current name of Hamedan comes from ancient name somehow, because of its sound.
That ancient city dates back to 800 BCE that Medes civilizations moved from northwestern Iran to this spot and founded their own Empire. They ruled for almost 200 years in this region until they merged with Persian Empire.
It’s been mentioned this city was constructed in 7 round shapes inside each other with different colors of planets. It was existed even in other dynasties such as Persian empire or sassanian but in islamic periods it’s been changed a lot.
It’s been excavated from 20th century; however, it was used by Armenians for a long time as they have built several monuments for themselves such as churches. Nowadays, only a tiny part of this ancient city is discovered for visitors, and New Hamedan is built over this.
It’s worth visiting this monument in order to I get the life style and architecture of ancient cities.
🕒 2 minute read In about few kilometers from city center, on cliffs of Alvand mountain range, Persian kings had carved their opinions and believes where it is called Ganj Name, in order to preserve what they believed in ancient days.
Inscription of Darius is written in three different languages that have been quite common in old days such as Babylonian, Old Persian and Elamite in 20 lines. These ones have got so many names over the history such a tablets, Khodayname, Panbabor, etc.
Ganj Name in old Persian language was translated into Tips and tricks, however, people in the past centuries thought it meant Treasury Plan and were looking for having ancient jewels around. Another point we can make is, here was on the royal road between capitals of Persian Empire and it was the reason Darius and Xerxes had chosen to carve on this cliff.
Inscriptions: In these two, Darius and his son were mostly introducing themselves whether who they are and how they were very pleased to rule and got a permit by Ahura Mazda. As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this location in the afternoon as there are some more activities in this resort.
🕒 2 minute read Tomb of Avicenna (locally called Bu Ali tomb) is one of the top ranked sites of Hamedan as he was a great philosopher, scientist, doctor and poet who lived back in 990 BCE.
History of this tomb dates back to long time ago and many people are of the opinion that during Safavid it was done however, others believe earliest building was done in Qajar dynasty. The reason that people believe this is, just based on traveler’s note who visited Iran in centuries ago and painted similar as Qabus tower of Golestan province.
What we have as an evidence is, a proper tomb should have been constructed during Fat’h Alishah in Qajar era as they paid respect to him. Later on in 20th century, Reza shah ordered to built a appropriate monument in memory of old structure and he hired several artist from all over the world.
Finally, in this competition, and Iranian architect got announced and designed such a tower with concrete in order to preserve the old shape and new design. There are different stories about burial place, but the strongest idea was about being buried in his friend’s land who was Abu Saeed and both of them are buried in one complex.
Another point we can make is, having 10 columns that represent this monument has been built 10 centuries after him. The building consists main burial room, and few other rooms to preserve his staff and books that world widely translated into several languages.
🕒3 minute read One of the ancient cities of Iran in western Iran is Hamedan that has been previously called “Egmatana” which dates back to 800 BC that has been founded by Medians monarchs such as Dahyu-Ku and it has been lasted until 550 BC that Cyrus the great founded Persian Empire.
There is still possibility of walking through ruins of ancient city and figure out how they were marvelous in designing cities with ancient tools. The city that have been described as the 7 layered city back to those ancient days and had been painted with different colors.
Hamedan has been always a favorite city in the history for other dynasties especially when Darius I founded different capitals in his empire, Hamedan turned to summer capital in this period. Hamedan is located the foot of MT Alvand that is one of the highest peaks in western Iran which has been hotspot for scientists such as Avicenna to find out local plants for flowers for his medical cares.
Today everybody knows Hamedan as the city of Avicenna and it has become one of the most attractive sites in this city to visit. Even in 11th century AD, Hamedan was a descent spot for poetry such as Baba Taher known as Baba Taher Oriyan that produced his poems in local dialects.
What makes traveling to Hamedan very fascinating is trying local foods and drinks especially when as traveler you walk randomly in alleys and bazaar in city center or nearby traditional bazaar, you would be very pleased by locals to try little things and foods by streets. This hospitality is unique experience which comes from their origin that are Kurds.
There is no doubt that apart from historical buildings, extraordinary nature would have been always as the highlight of traveling such as the being exposed to Alisadr cave as the largest water cave of the world. There is a path to walk, for boating and climbing up which makes visiting quite interesting.