Kashan is a charming city. It is the second largest city in the province of Isfahan, It is located 242 km south of Tehran.


In the city

Kashan is a charming city. It is the second largest city in the province of Isfahan, It is located 242 km south of Tehran.
It is not very large, only 320,000 inhabitants.

It is located near the famous prehistoric hills of Sialk (6th millennium / 8th century BC). Most of the objects discovered here are exhibited in the National Museum in Tehran.
The streets, houses, of the old town, are sandy. The walls are made of a kind of clay soil mixed with hay.
Kashan is surrounded by an enclosure.
The city reached its peak of prosperity under the Safavids (1501-1722).
Renowned for the quality of its ceramics and glazed earthenware tiles, it was also an important center of carpet and textile weaving until the 18th century.

To develop its tourist potential, several historic houses have been restored. Apartments organized around several courtyards, large pools, numerous mosaics, and pretty gardens. The traditional homes of Kashan are half buried in the ground to escape the heat of the desert.
Next to the houses is the mosque.

 


The Kashan Bazaar

The bazaar was probably built during the Seljuk period (11th-13th centuries), with renovations during the Safavid period (1501-1736).

The passages cover a few kilometers in length. It's a very active bazaar. It houses several mosques and madrassas, tombs, caravanserais, arcades, baths and water reservoirs.
Its architecture is particularly well-known, notably the Khan Amin ad-Dowleh Timche, a caravanserai dating from 1868, where a large skylight was built. The dome is beautiful.

 

The Kashan Bazaar

Tabatabai House

Tabatabai House is a historic Kashan house built in the early 1880s for the wealthy Tabatabai family. It consists of four courses. There are murals with elegant stained-glass windows.
The house is nearly 5000 square meters and has been very well renovated. The courtyards have beautiful gardens.

Tabatabai House

The Abbassi House

The Abbassi House or Abbassian house is a large traditional historic house built in the late 18th century.
This house is a good example of the residential architecture of Kashan.

This house has six courses that could suit different families' needs.

One of the rooms has a ceiling designed with pieces of mirror so as to give the impression of a starry sky under the nightly flickering of candles.

Secret passages have also been built in the house, perhaps designed for escape in times of invasion and danger.
The basement has been converted into a tea room and the restaurant.

Tabatabai House

 


The hammam of Soltan Amir Ahmad

It has 500 years of existence, and was recently restored in order to remake the moose coating of the walls. It is necessary to climb on its roof in order to discover the panormam on the city (which I found a little disappointing, because hidden by the domes of the hammam).

 

The hammam of Soltan Amir Ahmad