Mt. Sabalan

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Mt. Sabalan (locally called Savalan) is located in northwestern Iran with the height of 4811m. Despite it is an inactive stratovolcano, It is also known as the 3rd highest peak of Iran after Damavand and Alamkouh.

It’s well noted that it has been in middle of Fomrolio process suddenly it has been spot permanently. On top of it, there is a huge lake on its crater as many people are willing to visit this in sunny day. Yearly several tourists from all over the world will come to visit this Mountain because of its extraordinary landscape, natural water resources as well as its Ski resort.

It’s also known as a holy place for locals and Nomads in this province as locals are of the opinion that here is the place where Zoroaster, had become the prophet in Iran. Mt. Sabalan is the home of adventurous as it has already three high peaks.

The main one is called Sultan and other two are Heram and Kasra. Many geographers strongly believe that the length of this mountain is about 60 km, and width of this is, 45 km and from the southern flank, it will be connected to Sahand Mountain range.

How to reach:
There are three different routes for mountain climbers to reach up the peak.
1- North-eastern route:
It will be started from Shabil resource in the south of Lahroud village. It’s one of the easiest routes even for beginners.

2- Western route:
it will be started from the lake Pay-e Gol

3- Southern route:
it’s the most difficult route of hiking toward the peak as there is not any huts along the route.

As travel consultants, we would highly recommend taking guided tour of Mt. Sabalan and the most suitable time for climbing is from early May till late Aug.

Sabalan peak from huts
Sabalan Peak from first camping site

Sheikh Safi Mausoleum

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There’s no doubt that one of the most impressive historical sites of ardabil is, Sheikh Safi Mausoleum that is registered as a world heritage.

It supposed to be only mausoleum of him but later on, turned to be the family cemetery of Sheikh Safi and his relatives aside from safavid monarchs such as Shah Esmaeil (Founder of this dynasty) and his mother as well as other royal staff who were murdered in Chaldoran war.

History:
He’s buried in his property as he willed to be In a tiny room nearby his garden. It’s well noted that his son Sadr-o-din Mousa, ordered to change structure of this mausoleum in order to have a burial place for monarchs and  other sufis.

In safavid dynasty, this complex was expanded 5o several buildings because of sincere to this Sufi and most of people buried to be here. Especially, during Shah Abbas 1st, hired several artists who worked in SQ of esfahan to work here too and make it very luxury.

Especially wallpapers were pasted on walls of his tomb, golden papers were used on ceiling and some were melted in colors to got painted. Another point that we can make is, its tiles work and mosaics that are finely done as well as stucco.

They are willing to use inlaid working instead of tomb stone and this could have been the reason many artists be from Isfahan such as Mir Emad, MirbQavam, Mohamad esmaeil.

During wars between Iran and Russia in 19th century, most of original books got robbed by Russians as they are displayed in Saint peters burg museum.

Structure:
It’s located in Aali Qapu area and its facade are well tiled and mosaic-ed until early 20th century that were all replaced by cultural heritage Center in order to save them better. These tiles and mosaics had been built by shah Abbas 2nd.

By passing the old gate you will arrive to a beautiful garden that leads you toward its mausoleum which is located in another courtyard. This courtyard has been well decorated by stones at the foot of the wall, tiles and mosaics as well as inlaids on sashes.

Main structure is round shaped and accessible from a corridor. The most valuable piece of art in this complex is done in the main hall of tomb especially on ceiling of it.

Another hall of this complex is, chini khane where it supposed to be the gallery of kings to display items and gifts from China or elsewhere. This decoration is similar to Aali Qapu palace of Esfahan as most of the shapes are similar to Persian music instruments.

It’s well noted that one of the priceless items for this museum was a Ardabil carpet that is kept currently in Victoria museum of London. One of the most technical job has done in this complex is, building this tomb of Sheikh Safi 7 m above the ground as it was a water channel underneath.

Jannat Sara:
In the main Court yard of this complex there is a hall that looked like a mosque but there is no mihrab in this place . This is the reason many people are of the opinion that this was a place where Sufi was taught his followers.

Originally, it was a domed hall but because of wars in 19th century, that was ruined and replaced with this flat roof that are on 16 pillars.

As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this marvelous site for half a day in order to visit all details of it with in sufficient time.

Beautiful decoration of Sheikh Safi Mausoleum
Inside the main hall
Sheikh Safi Mausoleum, courtyard

Sheikh Safi Hammam

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Hammam Sheikh Safi, is one of the newest tourist attractions of Ardabil that is opened from 2019 to visitors and located in vicinity of mausoleum of Sheikh Safi.

This Hamam dates back to 17th century and has been built by order to Shah Esmail. The structure of this Hamam looks like other private baths in Iran and is a bit smaller because of combining spaces and rooms.

For example, in most of public baths in Iran, in dressing rooms, there is a little pool in order to wash feet before going through but in this Hamam, it is not designed. Many people are of the opinion that this difference is because of having very cold winter.

Another interesting item of decoration is, red bricks that are used on entrance gate which make this Hamam very lovely. It’s well noted that this Hamam was functional and had all three spaces such as Dressing room, washing room, pools aside room heating channels.

In most of Hamams of Iran, Heating channel (locally called Toon) was filled by wood and stick before taking bath. Then it was fired in order to warm up the Hamam and water. This could have taken so long. This is the reason, taking shower was an entertainment for locals of any city.

Relatively recently, this Hamam turned to be anthropology museum of Ardabil as well as having a room for artists in order to show tourists weaving carpets.

As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this Hamam after visiting Sheikh Safi mausoleum as this may take few minutes.

Sheikh Safi Hammam, entrance gate
Entrance Gate

Ardebil

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Ardebil (locally called Arda) is one of the famous cities of Iran in north-west of Iran. It’s also very well popular for trading silk carpet back to ancient days of Persia which is considered as one of the premium quality of Persian rugs.

What brings to mind of everyone is Sheikh Safi mausoleum that has been registered as a world heritage in 2010. Ardabil played an important role in politics and economy of Iran back to history of Iran especially in 17th century. People are of the opinion that this city dates back to Persian empire and it has been called Artavlia that is written down in Avesta the holy book of Zoroastrians.
History of this city has a lot of up and downs however the golden age refers to Parthians where it had become a hub for traders afterwards in Sassanid it preserved the tradition and cultures. What makes trip to Ardabil very interesting is a world Heritage site of Sheikh Safi al Din Mausoleum, place where sanctuary important for Sufis and monarchs of Safavid in 17th century.
The King Ismael coronated in such place and named his dynasty Safavid in terms of paying respect to his great grandfather. However the other kings of this era followed the same way and expanded this holy place as their own duty. Beside this, communicating with these people would be interesting as they speak in Azari language and they would hardly speaking Farsi.

Local foods are another reason to attract people for traveling into this city and one of the most wonderful and authentic places to eat is an ancient bath that has been converted to a restaurant which is serves local dishes perfectly.

What we recommend is staying in this city for few days and get a chance to have some day trips to towns around such as Sar’ein which is a hub for hot spring water and people are of the opinion that this type of water would be good enough for health care.
Another reason to travel to this area is mountain climbing to one of the highest peaks of Iran which is named Sabalan with 4811 m height. People would come from all over the world to hike and enjoy their vacation.

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