Kerman City


Kerman City



City of deserts


Big, sprawling Kerman is something of a cultural melting pot, blending Persians with the more subcontinental Baluchis, who dominate areas east of here. This mix is most evident in the long, ancient covered bazaar, which is the city's entrancing main highlight. Otherwise the region's main attractions – notably Mahan, Rayen and the Kaluts – are well out of town. All three can be seen on a long day trip from Kerman, but each now has their own decent accommodation if you'd prefer to escape the city bustle.



The city's many districts are surrounded by mountains that bring variety to Kerman's year-round weather pattern. The northern part of the city is located in an arid desert area, while the highland of the southern part of the city enjoys a more moderate climate.

Famous Places

Ganjalikhan Caravanserai:

 Is a Safavid-era building complex, located in the old centre of city 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 cantered 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.

Zoroastrian Museum:
The only anthropology museum of Zoroastrians in the world, which showcases the ancient history of Zoroastrians, is in Kerman’s Fire Temple.The idea of launching the museum along with the library of Kerman’s Zoroastrian Society came to light in 1983, when the head of the society, Parviz Vakhashouri, and the former head of library collected cultural heritage artifacts of Kerman’s Zoroastrian community. These two officials added many other objects to this collection.The museum was officially inaugurated during Jashn-e Tirgan in 2005 by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO).Jashn-e Tirgan or Tiregan is an ancient Iranian rain festival observed on July 1. The festivity refers to archangel Tir (literally meaning arrow) or Tishtar (lightning) who appear in the sky to generate thunder and lightning for providing the much needed rain.

Tomb Of Moshtaq Alishah:
With prominent blue-and-white-tiled roofs dating from the late Qajar period, this attractive mausoleum is the last resting place of several Kerman notables, but it's remembered particularly (and named) for the 18th-century minstrel and dervish Moshtaq Ali Shah.
He was renowned for his flowing hair as well as his singing, and is reputedly responsible for adding the fourth string to the setar (which literally means ‘three strings’). But his mystical Sufi philosophy jarred with local mores and by 1794 he had fallen so far out of favour with the local religious community that he was stoned in the Masjed e-Jameh.

 Fathabad Garden:
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.

In 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 eight-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 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 about the time of construction. Sarborsisiks in this book “Eight years in Iran” writers, passing through that has a dome in the shape of two arc and its internal diameter is 18 foot. This place is called Jabalie and it is the only stone building of Kerman.Iranian peoples believe that it has been the tomb of one of Zoroastrians and some believe that is the tomb of Seyed Mohammad Tabashiri, but the later 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.

Moaiiedi icebox
Is one of the other tourist attractions of Kerman, which is This 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-garden around this ice-house which were filled with the water in winter, then after that the water iced, 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-houseqanat 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.

San'ati Museum of Contemporary Art:

Occupying a former orphanage, this art museum is a pleasant surprise in a town that can otherwise feel a long way from modern cultural pursuits. In a Qajar-era building set around an attractive courtyard, the museum houses paintings, sculptures and stone inlays by famous local artist Sayyed Ali Akbar Sanati (1916–2006), who spent most of his childhood in the orphanage. It also exhibits works by younger Iranian artists and even a bronze hand by Auguste Rodin. Not surprisingly, it’s a good place to meet open-minded young Kermanis.

Ganjali Khan Mosque:
With an entrance hidden away in the northeastern corner of Ganj Ali Khan Sq, this tiny but lavishly decorated mosque was once the private place of worship of Ganj Ali Khan, the 17th-century local governor who funded much of Kerman's beautiful bazaar.Through the metal-grille gates, a narrow passage doubles back into the small chamber, which has an intricate, gilt-pattern inner dome and honeycomb windows. Climb a narrow stairway for a closer look.

Ardeshir Castle:

There are remnants of 2 large castles from before Islam above the high hills in the eastern of Kerman city: Dokhtar castle and Ardeshir castle. A southeastern high castle is called Ardeshir castle and another one is known Kohneh (old) castle, Dokhtar castle or Anahita fire temple

Village of sirch:

Sirch (the birthplace of Professor Houshang Moradi Kermani, the author of Shahir and creator of Majid tales) is located 50 km east of Kerman city and 30 km away from the martyrs. Syrch has long been the location of the tropical and desert parts of the Shahdad and its suburbs, and was called Baharestan. In the center of Sirchthere are several ancient trees, cedar and planar. The village is covered with trees same as north of the country. It has a damp, cool air and is located on the highlands, and its beauty is similar to the scenery of Switzerland, with the same greenery and ups and downs.