🕒 2 minute read Jame Mosque of Sanandaj (locally called Dar ul Ehsan) is one of the most well known mosques of Iran from architectural point of view that has been built in 19th century.
There is no way to skip visiting this marvelous mosque of Sanandaj that is originally from 17th century, however, this new mosque has been built by the rule of the city who was named Aman ul Llah Khan.
History: It’s been mentioned in history of this region ottoman kings invaded Iran especially this region and ruler of the town escaped toward Esfahan. Later on, this Ottoman ruler who was Khaneh Pasha built a mosque an theological school with two great minarets. Although nothing is left from that day and everything was destroyed by Safavid kings, still many people provide this information how it’s been designed.
Many locals are of the opinion that citizens of Sanandaj were interested that mosque very much and they were communicating with new Qajar rulers in order to build a new one at the same spot. At last, during Fat’h Ali shah kingdom, new project was started and well decorated. Unfortunately, tiles of this mosque were robbed and sold in black markets in Sanandaj and elsewhere.
Despite its location that it’s visible from anywhere in city, its tiles work is incredibly great and huge area is covered as they hired artists of Esfahan.
🕒 1 minute read Mt. Abidar is one of the top 5 activities to do while you are in Sanandaj. It’s located in west of Sanandaj with over the 2200 m from sea level.
In fact, this location has an spectacular view of the city with several parks and forests that are remained from 20ty century. Weekly several locals and youths from city and nearest towns come to visit this location and enjoy the fresh air.
Another activity we can point is, having the largest open air cinema up there that plays every Friday a movie for everyone who committed into hiking program.
We would highly recommend visiting this spot while you are Kurdistan and enjoy visiting the marvelous view of the city.
🕒 2 minute read Let’s get a ponder in Salar Saeed Mansion (locally called Sanandaj Museum) that is very well known for its sashes. It’s been built in 18th century by order of Molla Sheikh ul-Eslam as he was one of the priests and merchants of Sanandaj.
This mansion is highly recommended to those who are looking for having a city tour and interested in knowing about history despite learning local architecture. It’s well noted that this mansion was splitted in two mansions after Sheikh Passed away. One was named Habibi and the other one was named Salar Saeed.
The Salar Saeed mansion enables everyone visiting unique objects from pre-historic and historic ages despite having several Wessels and potteries. It’s been gifted to cultural heritage center of Sanandaj in 1970s and 2nd one also was gifted in 1980s to this party too.
History: In 19th century during Qajar dynasty, this mansion was well renovated, however, some Iranian-European architecture elements are used by artists in order to make the building more luxury. Some of these changes are displayed in the paintings. Another change was done in the basement of this mansion as culturally locals prefers having tea around a pond.
Museum: At last in 1980s these two mansions turned to be museums of anthropology and pre-historic that display several objects from different corners of Iran until Qajar era, particularly from Kurdistan province. In the main room of this mansion that is well known for its sashes, many objects from pre-historic are displayed that are excavated from Ziviyeh hills (including potteries, gold items in different colors).
As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this museum in the morning aside from visiting other mansions and bazaar in order to get acquainted with local culture and history of this region.
🕒 2 minute read Traveling to Sanandaj has several advantages such as being exposed to several unique historical sites. One of the most well known is, Vakil ul-Molk complex that dates back to 18th century.
This complex is also known a Vakil mansion that is centrally located in Sanandaj and has been hosting in the past the ruler, kings and monarchs during Zand dynasty. The main mansion is located in the center of the complex and the rest of the building are around it.
It’s been constructed by Mr. Rashid Beig Vakil who ruled this region during Zand dynasty but it’s been expanded over the history. In 20th century it was in the center of attention and many buildings have been constructed but importunely, in 1980s, its been destroyed.
Back and forth, the merchants of the city, were struggling to restore the monument int the shape it was. Finally they did this in early 2000. In fact, this was not was only mansion for ruler or royal family but also consisted several buildings such as Bazaar, Hammam, commercials, etc. This could been the reason for locals to renovate this monument as it was considered the kurd’s heritage.
From architectural point of view, it looks like Zand Hammam of shiraz as it has similar plan with several rooms and even the same materials have been used such as mortar. As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this location while you are in Sanandaj as one of MUST-SEE.