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Kashan

Kashan's highlight for many people is the Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin (or Fin Gardens), said to represent the classical Persian idea of paradise. Laid out for the Safavid King Abbas I in the early seventeenth century, it is a large walled garden of trees and grass crisscrossed with cleverly engineered water features supplied by natural springs. But the town has a lot more to offer. Its delightful nineteenth century Agha Bozorg Mosque has an imposing dome, four minarets and two badgirs (wind towers) which make a striking setting for the fine mosaic tile work and stucco inscriptions particularly at sunset. And Kashan's large mansions, built in the early nineteenth century by wealthy merchants, and its Sultan Mir Ahmed Hammam, epitomise the accomplishments of Qajar architecture and design. Half way between Kashan and Yazd lies Na'in, of carpet fame.
Rosewater Festival at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Rosewater Festival at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Rosewater Festival at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Rosewater Festival at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Ariana at Fin Gardens
Ariana at Fin Gardens
Ceiling at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Ceiling at Bagh-E Tarikhi-ye Fin
Young shopkeeper
Young shopkeeper
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim (shrine of Shah Ibrahim)
Qajar period mansion entrace
Qajar period mansion entrace
Qajar period mansion door
Qajar period mansion door
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion decoration
Qajar period mansion decoration
Qajar period mansion ceiling
Qajar period mansion ceiling
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion detail
Qajar period mansion detail
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion
Qajar period mansion door-knocker
Qajar period mansion door-knocker
Sultan Mir Ahmed hammam, Qajar bathhouse
Sultan Mir Ahmed hammam, Qajar bathhouse
Mud-brick Safavid ice house
Mud-brick Safavid ice house
Jameh Mosque, Na'in
Jameh Mosque, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in
Ethnological Museum, Na'in