About Kerman Province

Kerman province is of the vastest provinces of Iran and it is located in the southeast of the country. With more than 660 registered national monuments, this province is of the historical provinces of Iran. In terms of historical buildings, Kerman is among the top 5 cities of Iran and this province has the highest number of Iran’s registered monuments in UNESCO World Heritage. Kerman is the province of many museums. Due to having the oldest relics in the world, archeologists have called this province the “Cradle of Civilization”. Some of the ancient places in this province such as the Meymand complex date back to about 10 thousand years ago. Also the existence of many different mines in these province has granted it the title “Miners’ Heaven”.

Most Popular Tourist Attractions Of Kerman Province

Zoroastrians Anthropology Museum, Kerman

Zoroastrians Museum is located in Kerman and is the first anthropological museum of the Zoroastrians in the world. This museum started to be built in 1370 by attempts of “Behdonyan Farzaneh”, “Hormoz Osheydari” and “Mahindokht Siavoshian” and after about a decade and in 1380 the museum was complete. It was officially inaugurated in 1384 by Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tirgan Celebration. This museum is comprised of different sections and each section deals with one of the customs of Zoroastrians.
Shazdeh (Mahan) Garden

Shazdeh (Shahzadeh) Garden is one of the most beautiful historical gardens in Iran. This garden is located about 2 kilometers away from Mahan City and in the outskirts of Tigran Mountains and is related to Qajar period. The garden was established in 1276 solar hijri year. Tourists visit this beautiful Iranian garden every year and enjoy its beauty and freshness. This garden is one of the 9 Iranian gardens and information regarding this garden is translated into 35 languages by UNESCO and it exists in UNESCO tourist map. Shahzadeh Mahan Garden with lofty trees and the streamlet whose pleasant sound is heard from around the corner is like a precious diamond on desert chest. This garden is one of the Iranian bed gardens and is located on a rectangular land with an area of 5.5 hectar and has a very beautiful entrance structure. Garden buildings include the main summerhouse which is the permanent and/or seasonal settlement of the owner at the end of the garden. House façade at the entrance of the garden is like a linear structure at the beginning of the garden and the building has two floors. The upper floor has rooms for living and catering. Apart from the entrance structure, this garden includes a kingly mansion and bathroom. The kingly mansion is turned into a restaurant at the moment and is run by a private sector.
Windmill of Kerman

A touristic complex has established a restaurant in the style of Netherland’s windmills near Kerman. Windmill of Kerman is the largest windmill structure in Middle East which has a ceremonial usage. This complex was opened in 2015.
Shotor Galu Mansion of Mahan

Shotor Galou Mansion (Camel's neck) which is located in the east of Mahan town is in the route of Vakil Abad aqueduct and is one of the most spectacular historical relics of Qajar dynasty and is considered as one of the unique architecture attractions of Iran’s south east. In the past, in order to maintain the safety of gardens and houses in the route of aqueducts and springs, the entrance and exit of water was designed in a way that no live creature could enter it. For this purpose, a channel with an obtuse angle shape was built under the walls of the houses, so that water could go down from one side with a suitable height and come out the other side according to the relevant plates, and since these channels look like the neck or throat of a camel, such a construction is called “Shotor Galu . And in most cases, under the influence of the creativity of the Iranian architecture artists, beautiful pools, fountains and waterworks were created through using the same method in the houses of royalties and rulers, so that Cedar and Pine trees and four season flowers, and also fruit trees could create a pleasurable and refreshing space inside the complex.
Icehouses of Kerman

Kerman ice houses are the historical monuments of this desert city, the most important of which is called Moayedi Ice Pit. These ice houses are ice reservoirs in summer and ice producer areas in winter. This desert area along with its ice houses is very interesting for the tourists. The components of ice houses are reservoirs, fences, pools and ice holes. Reservoir plans are circular and a dome of “Bastu” kind is established on top of them. Its fence is quiet high and 12 meters. The building materials are adobe and mud mortar. The application of the ice houses in old days was maintaining ice for summer days of the citizens.
Shahdad Kalut

Kaluts are sandy mountains that are formed as a result of desert “wind” erosion and enchanting shapes are formed that leaves everyone bewildered for its unique beauty. Kalut is formed by the combination of two words: “Kal” meaning “village” and “Lut” meaning “desert in Persian. When you suddenly open your eyes in the heart of Lut Desert and see strange soil structures and there are many of them as far as they meet the eyes, you feel yourself in a new city. It is a city devoid of inhabitants that seems to have been made for the ghosts. Perhaps that is why this city is said to be for the fairies. “Shahdad” is one hundred kilometers from Kerman and 40 kilometers to the legendary city of “Kalutha”. This region is known among geologists as one of the “geothermal poles”. The very desert dryness might drag many tourists from green lands of Europe to Iran. There are “Nebkas” (desert vases) near Shahdad whose height reaches 10 meters at times, while the highest Nebkas in African Desert are 3 meters tall.
Jameh Mosque, Kerman

Jameh Mosque of Kerman or Jameh Mozaffari Mosque is located by Moshtagh (Shohada) Square and is surrounded by Mozaffari Garden, Ghadamgah Bazaar, Shariati Street and Moshtah Square in Kerman. This is one the four-porched mosques with a high portal in porch scene and bedchamber. This mosque was established during the reign of Amir Mobarez Aldin Mohammad Mozaffar, dynasty of Al- Mozaffar. The foundation date on the inscription of the main portal is 750 hijri year. However, there have been some attachments and repairing on the mosque in the next periods such as repairing the tiles of the great porch at the time of Vakil al-Molk and tiling of the columns and quarters inside the mosque and establishment of a northern bedchamber in recent years. Its eastern portal was destroyed by shootings of the canons of Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar but it was repaired and reconstructed later on.
Arg e Bam

Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world located near Bam, a city in Kerman Province southeast of Iran. On December 26, 2003, a devastating earthquake struck Bam City and its suburbs. Consequently, Arg-e Bam was entirely demolished. "Bam and its Cultural Landscape" has been registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. This enormous citadel, located along the Silk Road, was constructed in century 5 BC and was still in use until 1850 AD. It is not exactly clear why it was not used anymore thereafter. The whole monument is a huge fortress in the center of which the citadel (Arg) is located. However, due to the glorious appearance of the Arg which is also the highest part of the complex, the entire fortress building is known as "Arg-e Bam".
Chopoghi Windcatcher, Sirjan

Chopoghi Wind-catcher in Sirjan is one of the most unique wind-catchers in Iran and the world that was build for the house of late Dr. Seyyer Ali Asghar Razavi (the first physician in Sirjan County). This wind-catcher was built in Reza Shah Pahlavi reign by an architect named Seyyed Mohammad Shojaii, imitating old smokestacks and ventilators. Chopoghi Wind-catcher is related to Pahlavid I period and is located in Haj Rashid Alley, Dr. Sadeghi Bulevar in Sirjan. It was registered in the list of Iran’s national monuments on 7th of Mehr 1381 with registration number 6467.
Underground Village of Meymand (Hand-dug)

Maymand is a rocky village in Maymand County in Shahr-e Babak Town in Kerman Province which is in the south east of Iran. It is a village similar to Kandovan Village in Osku in Azerbaijan; one of the wonderful places where human beings and the nature have cooperated to create it. “Kichehs” are cave like houses that the residents of the village have created in the holes in sedimentary skirt of the mountain. The sediments are so soft that can be formed by tools and hand and they are so hard that people can sleep comfortably and without any stress under them. Its houses are built on one another like the houses in Kandovan. They do not have any windows or chimneys and they have formed a set of houses for summer and winter beside ganbehs and sheds. Maymand is a rocky village with several thousand years of history. This ancient Dastkand monument is undoubtedly the first human settlement in Iran. Maymand Village has a total number of 406 kichehs and 2560 rooms. Residents of the village have special customs and Pahlavi words can still be heard in their language and dialect. Maymand won the world prize “Melina Mercouri” in 1384; an award that is given every two years to the interaction of art, culture, human and nature. This village was registered in the world list of UNESCO in 2015 with registration number 1423.
Rhubarb Meadow of Shahr-e Babak

In the 20 kilometer distance of Shahr-e Babak in Kerman province, there is a meadow with a beautiful and eye catching view which is known as Rhubarb meadow. This meadow is considered as one of the touristic districts of Shahr-e Babak which shines like a red gem and shows a very beautiful scene of nature and attracts the attention of tourists and anyone who passes by to itself with its dreamy view. Rhubarb has some elements in itself such as Potassium and Calcium and it is relatively rich in vitamins. The petiole of rhubarb which is its usable part has some organic acids such as Malic acid which is beneficial for quenching thirst and easing the digestion of food. Also, in the traditional medicine, rhubarb is used for exorcizing some of the harmful bacteria. The excessive use of rhubarb cases the lack of calcium in body.
Ganjali Khan Complex

Ganjali Khan Complex is located downtown in Kerman beside Kerman Grand Bazaar. Ganjali Khan was one of the famous governors of Shah Abbas era who ruled over Kerman from 1005 until 1034 and established numerous monuments and buildings and attempted to the prosperity of the area. Some of the public buildings that have remained from his time include Ganjali Khan Complex in Kerman and Zeinoding Caravanserai (Ganjali Khan Caravanserai) on Yazd-Kerman Road, Khan Pool on Kerman-Mashhad Road and some aqueducts in Kerman City. A share of the revenue of the complex and aqueducts is given to Astan Qods Razavi. These buildings were irreparably damaged during Aqa Mohammad Khan attacks.
Rayen Castle

Rayen Castle is one of the greatest adobe buildings in the world. This great historical building with an area of more than two hundred and two thousand square meters is the second greatest adobe building in the world after Arg-e Bam that is annually the host of thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. Rayen Castel includes a school, a dock, barracks, quarantine building and a mosque or warehouse. Watchtowers had it under control from several directions such that this castle is considered an indomitable castle. Rayen Castle is located in the south west of the current Rayen City in Kerman Province. This adobe building is similar to Arg-e Bam to some extent and is up a hill.
Vakil Bath, Kerman

Vakil Bath is one of the traditional and historical baths in Kerman City that is considered the first section of Vakil Complex. The monument was built ccording to Zand-Qajar architecture and imitating Ganj Ali Khan Bath in 1270 hijri year. The beautiful ceramics and tiles of the bath are from bottom to top and have made the interior space of the bath very elegant and eye-catching.
Kerman Bazaar

The bazaar in Kerman dates back to 600 years ago to Timurid era when a number of people got together and established an optional bazaar as the primary base of the great bazaar in Kerman. Other parts were then added to it in different periods of time and finally ended up to the formation of the bazaar which is the greatest bazaar in the country in terms of market order. This precious complex begins in eastern and western parts from the Arg Square and end in Mirza Reza-ye Kermani Street. It has included invaluable attractions such as Ganj Ali Khan, Vakil Complex, Sardar House, Gheisariehs, etc. in a 1200 meters long roofed space (except for Mozaffari Bazaar).