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UNESCO sites of Kerman

With the recent additions Iran now has about 26 UNESCO world heritage sites and a few of these are located in the wondrous province of Kerman.

Kerman Old Bazaar - Photo by Sajjad Saeid
Where is Kerman?

Kerman is a state located in the south east corner of Iran holding the record of the hottest spot on the entire world! It is also known for its scenic mountains and hospitality of people. Kerman has the biggest producers and exporters of various variations of Pistachios , dates and Persian carpets. It is safe to say that the state lacks nothing in terms of economic activities. Along side the ancient industries, Kerman is also one of biggest Automotive producer of the country along with the biggest Mines of Copper and Gold. It is known to be blessed in terms of natural resources as well.

Shazdeh garden - Photo by Sajjad Saeid
1. Bagh-e Shazdeh

The name roughly translated means the prince garden as it dose have its own royal aroma the garden was constructed in the Year 1850 and remodeled in the year 1870 by Abdolhamid Mirza Naserodolleh during his years as the governor in the Qajar Dynasty. If you make the choice to visit this Pearl in the middle of the desert you will have made the right choice as you will be welcomed by a 5.5 jaw opening garden sporting greenery are symbolic fountain and a fine example of what a Persian Garden is in its prime. Locals frequent this Pearl often as it is only 6 kilometers away from the town of Mahan which hosts one of the most exquisite curative spots in the region. It was officially added to the UNESCO world heritage site list in the year of 2011.

Lut desert - Photo by Sajjad Saeid
2. Lut desert

The Lut Desert locally known as Dasht-e-lut is a nature flexing its muscles, for it is one of the largest deserters in the world number 34th to be exact however it would be unjust of me as the writer of this literature to not mention it is also the host to one of the hottest spots not just in the region but in the whole wide world. The desert itself Stretches along Kerman and the Province of Sistan and Balucastan. It earned its pace in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage site in the year 2016, 5 year after the Shazdeh garden. The desert name comes from the mixture of two languages Azeri and Perisan with Dasht meaning Plain in Persian and Lut which means bare or empty in Azeri it would be rightly named as one of few luxurious of visiting is desert would be sight unlike any where else where the bare human eye can see no end. It is a truly Humbling experience and a reminder to how little we are compared to just thus one corner of the world. Whilst only spending a few hours in this Desert the visitor is forced to think about something said by the world reendowed poet Rumi long ago. Discard yourself and thereby regain yourself. Spread the trap of humility and ensnare love.

Bam citadel - Photo by Sajjad Saeid
3. Arg-e-Bam

The Bam citadel use to actually a mammoth building protected by a large and threading fortress all around it however due to the citadel itself serving the test of time the best it is mostly famous for it. Arg-e-Bam rose to its peak during the 11th century as one of the Hubs of trade that the world famous silk road passed through back then serving as a generous home to visitors and traders alike and leaving a memory of awe in every ones mind who has ever visited this place and it continues to do so till date. It is said to be built during thee Achaemenid Empire in the 4th or 5th century it served as the capital to many dynasties after and was only shaken by the 2003 earth quake that shook Bam and the Citadel to a tragedy we have not been able to erase from our memories however it is now restored back to its glory.

Meymand village - Photo by Sajjad Saeid
4. Meymand

A village home to about 181 families today and rumored to be dated back to 12,000 years the village is said to carved by the original Humans in the Iranian Plato and there are a lot of architecture pointers to support this claim. The village itself is carved and hand made into the heart of the mountains around it the closet urban city to it would be the Share-babak city. the living conditions in this village is one of the roughest in the world with extremely hot summer days and also extremely cold nights during the winter however the beauty and history it represents has kept its residents continuing on in spite of the harsh living conditions . In the year 2015 it was officially added to the UNESCO world heritage site list and it was waited long enough , so don’t waste any time and visit Meymand, it has waited for 12,000 years after all.

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