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Kerman province is located in south-eastern of Iran; Kerman is the capital city of Kerman province. It is the largest and most developed city in the Kerman Province and the most important city in South-East Iran.

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Kerman is one of the five historical cities of Iran. From the industrial, political, cultural and scientific points of view, it is the most important city in the southeast of Iran. Kerman is very famous for its long history and strong cultural heritage. Due to the special geographical conditions Kerman province enjoys the considerable changeable climate, the average temperature during the months of March-June has been recorded as 20°-25°C. These months are the most suitable for traveling and tourism. Kerman is one of Iran’s largest producer of handmade carpets and a major exporter of pistachio nuts and date.Travelers have long known Iran as the land of diversity and beauty, given its colorful nature, diverse ethnicities, and rich culture and arts.

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Best Time to Go

March, April, November, December

UNESCO sites

The Persian Garden: Shahzadeh Graden, Bam and its cultural landscape

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Ice-house Moayedi is a circular structure made of sun baked bricks and clay. The same resembles a huge dome. This structure located in the city of Kerman is surrounded by lush greenery and is a site for tourists. There are several small gardens around this ice-house which were filled with the water in winter, then after that, the water ice, the ices lead to the ice-house to use in summer. Moayedi is the name of a parish in Kerman and it includes some parts of fields and old Moayedi Ice-house qanat in /Takhti square and Khorshid Abuhames streets. It sites in the first of Shahid Kamyab in the same region of Kerman and is now one of the tourist attractions. It seems that Moayed Aldin Reyhan one of the rulers of Kerman had been the owner of it.The gardens would fill with water during winter, and when the water froze the ice would be slid into the yakhchal for use in warmer months.

Gonbade Jabalie is at the eastern end of Kerman city, there is a strong and large dome, made of stone and has saved from the trespassing hand of time. This right-angle dome is completely made of stone. There are 8 doors in its eight sides with the width of 2m, that recently have been closed by stones to strengthen the building and only one of them is open. The upper part of the dome has been made of brick and it is not clear whether or not had it been decorated by tile-work Inside the dome there were apparently plaster works that have been destroyed. There is no any document at the time of construction. Sarborsisiks in this book “Eight years in Iran” writers, passing through that has a dome in the shape of two arcs and its internal diameter is 18 foot. This place is called Jabali and it is the only stone building of Kerman. Iranian people believe that it has been the tomb of one of Zoroastrians and some believe that is the tomb of Seyed Mohammad Tabashiri, but the latter allegation has been traversed is some regions. Some believe that it belongs to seljuks but it is not correct it belongs to the times before Islam and is one of the Zoroastrian building, however, its style is not similar to the style of fire temples.

National Library is a spinning and weaving factory which was established in 1929 by the investment of the wealthy people of Kerman, Yazd, Rafsanjan, In Mohammad Reza Shah period because of bankruptcy it left unusable until 1991. The architecture of the building is Ostad Me’mar Bashi. It restored in 1991 and changed to the national library.The Kerman National Library modestly bills itself as the ‘greatest information research center in the country’, but for non-Farsi speakers, it’s the architecture. Its area is about 5800 sq.m with the capacity of 500 people and the library enjoys a computer system that is connected to the Internet. There are about 22 manuscript books in the library. Different parts of the library include; study hall for man and woman, the special hall for researcher, periodical hall and the part of reference books.
Ganjali Khan Complex is a Safavid-era building complex, located in the old center of Kerman, Iran. The complex is composed of, a square, a school, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a mint, a mosque and a bazaar. The Ganjali Khan Complex was built by Ganjali Khan who governed Kerman, Sistan and Kandahar provinces from 1596 to 1621 under Safavid Shah Abbas I. A number of inscriptions laid inside the complex indicate the exact date when these places have been built. The architect of the complex was Mohammad Soltani from Yazd. The complex covers an area of 11000 square meters and is centered on a large public square—ninety-nine meters by fifty-four meter—which is aligned with Vakil Bazaar running east-west to its south. The square is enveloped by bazaar arcades to the north, south, and west and is flanked by the Ganjali Caravanserai to the east. The entrance to the Ganjali bathhouse is located along a section of Vakil Bazaar south of the square, known as Ganjali Khan Bazaar.

Ganjalikhan Bazaar

This bazaar is located between Chahar Suq and Ekhtiari. It is wonderful architecture style refers to the Safavid era and sites in the southern part of Ganjali khan square. The historical and beautiful bath of Ganjali khan about 180 shops are located on the right side of the bazaar, on the left side, several arches (Taqnama) have been designed, that create beautiful sights. Under these arches venders sell their goods. There are totally 16 arches in bazaar that are connected to the square. The length of bazaar is 93m and its width is about 5/75, at an area about 534/5sq.m.
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Ganjalikhan Bath House

This bath is a collection of art, architecture and using different materials with a suitable space which attracts people to itself. The architect of bath and in general Ganjali khan complex is a Yazdian architect named “Ostad Mohammad Soltani” who indeed knew the political, economic and cultural conditions of its time. Ganjali khan bath is a wonderful work, that with its beautiful tile-works, paintings plaster-works pats the eyes of every visitor. Baths are included among the inseparable part of city’s building and are the main and important parts of Islamic cities and villages. The entrance to the Ganjali bathhouse is located along a section of Ganjali Khan Bazaar. The bathhouse was converted into an anthropological museum in 1971. In the closet section and main yard of the bath, there are many lifelike statues. These statues were designed by Tehran University’s faculty of fine arts in 1973 and then transferred to this museum.
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Ganjalikhan School

It sits in the northwest of the square and near Ganjalikhan school. It is long is 525m and its width is 5m at an area about 27/5sq.m. It is a small museum of Islamic decorative art such as tile-work, plaster-work, and Calligraphy which has been decorated in a beautiful style and has constructed in 1007(H). About the 14 shops of Ganjalikhan complex are the endowed properties of this mosque which devote to the scholars of Ganjalikhan school. In addition to this mosque, there are other mosques that one of them sites in Mesgari bazaar.
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Ganjalikhan Mosque

It Sites on the north side of Ganjalikhan square and inside the northern Mesgari bazaar(Coppersmith ‘ bazaar) and opposite of Ganjalikhan bath house, which decorated with beautiful plasterwork. The exhibitions of a collection of dishes, local and army dresses, old arms, farming tools have been held in this museum. In the past, the government golden and silver coins were minted here and several minted coins have been found there. Internal view of the museum is in the form of an octahedron and consists of a roof, 4 porches and four cells in the four sides of the museum. It is now a coin museum. The museum displays coins from different periods such as Parthian, Sassanid, Safavid and Afsharid periods.

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Fathabad Garden is located 16 km North West of Kerman, according to historians, this pattern has been used to constructing Shazdeh Garden in Mahan. The history of the construction of the garden is around the year 1255 (Hijri-Shamsi), In Qajar period. Fathabad memorial garden “Fazl Ali Khan Biglarbeygi” was the ruler of Kerman. That is why it is also called Biglarbeygi Garden. The Fathabad Qanat water passed through fathabad Garden in the past, and it was so refreshing and lovely. The Fathabad Garden with its old and valuable history, for a long time, had been abandoned and damaged and most of the trees have dried up. Fathabad Garden- before reconstruction, By efforts of “ Kerman Moghoofat Foundation and development “ under the auspices of the cultural heritage, restoration and reconstruction of the garden began in 1392.

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The garden becomes a Tourist Destination and all tourist are welcomed to visit this garden. Among the actions taken in the garden, the following can be noted:

– Restore water to the Fathabad Garden
– The replant of various trees of the garden
– implement greenhouse and plants cultivation
– Create a decorative flower garden center and sale of their
– Construction of a traditional restaurant
– Construction of sports grounds
– Construction of bazaar for making and selling crafts
– Tourism-driven road construction

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Shahzadeh Garden is one of the nine gardens in Iran that have been registered in UNESCO. The garden`s information has been translated into thirty-five languages and placed in a tourism map of this organization. It is one of the most aesthetic looking terraced gardens of Iran that is the combination of true beauty and Iranian originality that paints a picture of the Garden of Eden with the harmony of the fountains, garden, and architecture. The buildings are utterly beautiful and the architecture is the just pure genius that distinguishes it from other Iranian gardens. The view of fountains that flow from upper ends towards lower ends caresses your eyes, these fountains don`t have a source of energy and work only with the slope of the garden. Shahzadeh garden is an example of Iranian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural conditions. This garden was built originally for Mohammad Hassankhan. Shazdeh Garden is 5.5 hectares with a rectangular shape and a wall around it. It consists of an entrance structure and gate at the lower end and a two-floor residential structure at the upper end. The distance between these two is ornamented with water fountains that are engined by the natural incline of the land.

Vakil traditional tea-house

The first point of Vakil complex is bath or traditional tea-house. It was founded in 1280 Hijra in a wonderful, splendid and architectural shape in Qajar period. It has beautiful tile-work and ceramic works which are like Ganjalikhan bath and divided into two parts; dressing room and hot chamber. This bath many years ago has become a traditional tea-house. This development is very important in maintaining and surviving this historical work. The portal of bath restored in 1990. Today in its dressing room guests and visitors are entertained by tea, different drinks and ice cream and the hot-chamber there is a restaurant in which people can eat local foods.

Windmill Haft Baq Alavi Restaurant

“Haft bagh-e alavi” is a National Tourism Route, a tourism project in Kerman. It is an expressway of 28. Kilometers length including hike & bike track, plus horse- carriage lane. A vast area of decorative plantation and trees. “Haft bagh-e alavi includes 22 tourism villages and about 8 places as tourist resorts, traditional restaurants, gardens, Riding Clubs, Carting, Safari in Desert, etc.

Windmill Restaurant, Haft bagh-e alavi
Haft baghe-e alavi is 28 km along the axis of Tourism located between the historic city of Kerman and Mahan. Now, this is the first choice for fun and circulation of citizens of Kerman.

Motevalli Bashi Restaurant

 is located in Motevalli Bashi complex, which includes a traditional restaurant and a traditional hotel, which is located in Mahan, at the back of Shah nematollah vali mausoleum, with outside view of its mausoleum minarets. A large number of delicious Iranian food and specially kerman traditional food are served in this restaurant, which has a unique environment, who enjoy being in a garden with flowing water.

Desert Lut, the central Lut is the vast part in the Lut desert that contains the lowest part of the desert. There are several Kaluts in this region that are extended from the center Lut to the west. They are the most beautiful natural phenomena. They are unique and can’t be found in any desert of the world.

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Hezar MountainIt is one of the destinations of hikers in Kerman and Iran. the 4th high peak among Iran mountain peaks. Snow covers the entire mountain in winter and the upper parts of the other seasons. Damavand has a narrow summit crater usually covered with snow-cap and cloud. There are many professional mountain climbing groups in Kerman that offer winter mountaineering guided tours both as private plans or within a group departure tours. they support you with their professional team in serious winter condition of Hezar to give you a chance to experience a challenging but safe adventure. Kerman is considered a favorite place by many nature lovers in Iran. It has mountains, canyons, desert and green landscapes all in one province. With 4 seasons weather around this province, many rivers run through the villages around Kerman city, make it a special place for people camping, hiking, trekking in nature. many well-known mountains among hikers such as Jupar, Hezar, Lalezar, Palvar and kuh-e shah.

Hezar Mountains
ragehcanyon

Rage Canyonthere is unique Natural Phenomenon in Kerman such as kaluts and also Rage Canyon. The Rageh canyon is one of the unique and beautiful natural phenomena of Rafsanjan County. This valley is created by Guivdary River, its floods and soil erosion of it during several thousand years. This valley was unknown till some a few years ago. Some features of the valley are sharp conical peaks, blades and strip-wise walls.Rageh valley is about 20 km in length which contains beautiful shapes which made by several thousand years of erosion. Around Kerman city, with driving 30 to 60 minutes, you will reach wonderful Mountainous countryside’s, with rivers and waterfalls in mountains valley, with many fruit trees. In spring and summer these several close Mountainous countrysides, near Kerman, people enjoy their weekends in nature. It is excellent for eco tours and nature lovers will enjoy the views and activities.

Rayen Waterfall
Rayen WaterfallRhayen city is one of the most scenic countrysides of Kerman province which is located 110 km from the center of the province. This countryside is located in the highest peak of Hezar mountain in the province and the third highest peak in Iran that the waterfall is one of its attractions.

Souvenirs

Meymand is a UNESCO world heritage site and was awarded UNESCO’s 2005 Melina Mercouri prize. Meymand (also spelled as Meimand) is a village of troglodytes – cave dwellers – located in the south-eastern Iranian province of Kerman. Meymand (Maymand, Maimand) village has been continuously inhabited for 2,000 to 3,000 years making it one of Iran’s four oldest surviving villages. Some claim that Meymand / Meimand village has been inhabited for 12,000 years, that is, since the “middle stone ages”, making it a Mesolithic village. Reportedly, 10,000-year-old stone engravings and 6,000-year-old pottery have been discovered at the site.

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Bam Citadel is the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam near the city of Kerman. This great historical treasure that has been registered in national heritages of Unesco dates back to two thousand years ago, It was built in the fifth century (BC) and was still used until 1850 AD. Bam Citadel that used to be in the path of Silk-road is one of the tourist attractions of Kerman. This marvelous piece of art is surrounded by a big system of ancient buildings, it is six square kilometers and placed on the top of a hill with the height of sixty-one meters, it includes the old city and the castle which was near six acres, there are gardens, houses, and farmlands at the three sides of the castle and from north it faced the lake. The building is a great stronghold and Citadel is placed at the heart of it, but due to the stunning appearance of this fortress, the whole establishment is called Bam Citadel.

Rayen castle or Arg-e Rayen is an adobe castle in Rayen town in Kerman, you can visit the medieval mud-brick city of Rayen is similar to the Arg-e Bam. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel. It appears extremely well preserved, considering the numerous natural disasters that have been destroying similar structures nearby, and it is one of the most interesting historical sites in Iran.The fortress at Rayen is similar in outlook and construction to the fortress at Bam, while been younger in age. It is thought to be a Sassanian era (224 CE – 649 CE) fortress. Like Bam, Rayen fortress was in use until about 150 years ago. Rayen Citadel is a historical site situated in the southwest of Rayen city and is considered the biggest earthen structure of Kerman province after Bam Citadel which was destroyed in an earthquake on 2003. The monument dates back to the Sassanid era and covers a 20,000-square-meter area, remaining a symbol of the residential fortresses during the ancient times. Just like other fortresses, it consists of the public quarter and the aristocratic zone. The essential sectors such as Zoor khaneh (gymnasium for a traditional Persian sport), mosque, and stable can be seen in the citadel. Adobe is the main material used in its construction.

Rayen Castel

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani International Airport

(IATA: KER, ICAO: OIKK), previously known as Kerman International Airport, is an airport in Kerman, Iran. The airport is used for commercial, general aviation and military training purposes. Flights began operating in 1970. On 10 June 2017, the airport renamed to its current name in honor of former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was born and raised in Kerman. Mahan Air flight crew’s simulator center and cabin crew training center is located at Kerman INTL Airport. It is also the main hub for Bootia-Mahan Aviation College for commercial pilot training purpose for Mahan Air’s cadet pilot program.

Airlines & Destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Iran AirIsfahan, Najaf, Tehran-Mahrabad, Tabriz, Zahedan
Seasonal: Medina
Iran Aseman AirlinesShiraz
Iraqi AirwaysBaghdad
Kish AirKish Island
Mahan AirAhvaz, Dubai-International, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mashad, Sari, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran-Mehrabad, Zahedan
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