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Kashan, an Oasis along the Road

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Kashan, an oasis on the main road which runs along the Great Desert of Iran.

The contrast between the immense Kavir (Desert) and the abundant gardens and flowing water sources of Kashan are a first reason to stop and discover this charming and ancient city situated 260 km from the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Kashan is a city in the Esfahan province. It is famous for its carpets, silk, ceramics, copperware and its mystifying rosewater, an essence of the Mohammadi rose which is used for many social and religious ceremonies.

It’s famous old houses and their amazing and unique traditional architectural structures blend with the multi colored mosques and the Islamic constructions. Kashan is a religious city, yet the beauties that drown the eye with their exquisite details are a sign of the outstanding mixture that has created a perfect balance between tradition, culture and faith.

According to one of the hadiths of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), it is believed that the use of materials, such as gold, silver and silk, are to be avoided by Muslims since they are regarded as luxury items. Therefore in Kashan, the contradiction between the Islamic ideal of simplicity and the visual beauty which emanates from these old houses is unique.

The many water fountains, ruins of the ancient caravanserais and the newly built city with its well kept parks, mingle in a harmonious and peaceful environment. There are many mosques as well as other sites for religious devotion, which for some, date back to 7000 years ago and more. They are an invitation to stay longer and search the depths and the peaks of the surrounding mountains that hold many mysteries of the ancient times.

On the occasion of a visit to the city we discovered one of the Hammams (bathhouse) that was restored after the earthquake of 7th of June 1755. The “Soltan Amir Ahmad’s Hammam” was constructed in the 16th century. It is part of the many bathhouses that were used during the Safavid dynasty and later the Qajar era and represents an intelligent mixture of beauty and architectural ingenuity.

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