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10 stepped Villages in Iran

Thanks to the diverse nature of Iran, one can find many natural attractions in this country. in actual fact, these attractions also include the weird villages of Iran. The special mountainous conditions dominant over many regions of Iran have provided the ground for development of some stepped villages in different parts of the country. Consequently, these villages are actually must-visit attractions for any tourist. In the present article, ten spectacular and tourism villages of Iran are introduced. villages stepped of Iran

Masouleh, Gilan

Tourists find Masuleh in a green mountainous region of Gilan province. This village is famous for its yellow houses, geranium, and Beautiful steps with a particular architecture. Equally important, its spectacular architecture is popularly known as “The yard of the building above is the roof of the building below”. The Iranian authorities registered the village in the national cultural heritage list in 1974. Lastly, Masuleh has a reputation for Muharram traditional ceremonies that attract a large number of tourists every year.

Iranian stepped Villages
Iranian stepped Villages

Palangan, Kurdistan

History, culture, and nature have close-knit connections in this village. The architecture of this village may remind you of Masuleh, but Masuleh is in the middle of a mountain.  Palangan is in a mountainous area. Nevertheless, thanks to the asphalt roads, one can easily visit the village in all seasons of the year.

Nayband, Tabas

Nayband is one of the unique examples of stepped architecture in the Lut Desert. This green region looks like a mirage in the distances. But it is actually another Masouleh developed in the desert. Its distinctive characteristics are alleys that mostly have roofs as well as sitting platforms that people use for gatherings. Interestingly, the neighborhoods and alleys of the village don’t follow any particular engineering system, but the natural slope of the earth.

Iranian stepped Villages
Iranian stepped Villages

Hajij, Kermanshah

Haijj is situated in a beautiful and densely forested valley in Kermanshah Province. This village takes its name from a region of the same name. The name of the village literally means a lush and deep valley. This unique village that follows the principles of stepped architecture is only made of rock. Moreover, Iranians believe that it is the cleanest village in the Hawrāmān region in Kurdistan province. The houses in this village are two-floored and don’t have any yard. The inhabitants use the house’s roofs as pavements and as the yard for the buildings above.

Sar Aqa-Seyed, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari

Iranians know this village as the Zagros Masouleh and it’s located 2500 meters above sea level. This place serves as a summer camp for nomads of the region. Sar Aqa-Seyed is a Leading example of stepped architecture in the central Zagros region. The lush environment, local dialect and clothing and the indigenous culture of the village are among the tourism attractions of the village. These characteristics reflect the religiously culture of this region.

Bojan, Neyshabur

You can find Bojan in a lush highland full of flowers and medical herbs. In point of fact, the village is part of a valley in the middle of gardens, where people have built their houses in stepped architecture. The beautiful Bojan waterfall that flows down from the northern highlands of the village is another natural attraction of the region.

Kang Village, Torghabeh, Mashhad

Kang is a village in Khorasan Razavi province. The village is thousands of years old and dates back to the pre-Islamic era. Furthermore, because of high mountains and densely forested lands, the village has a temperate climate.

Shah Abbasi Caravanserai is one of the attractions of the village. Tourists can find this Caravanserai at the far end of Kang valley on a mountain slope overlooking the Kang River. This historical structure is built underground and its roof stands at the same level as the mountain slope. Actually, the old road linking Neyshabur and Mashhad passed by the Caravanserai many years ago.

Iranian stepped Villages
Iranian stepped Villages

Shilandar, Zanjan province

People used to know Shilandar as Chilandareh but they have changed this name to Chelangar, Chellandar and Chilandar over time. Anyway, it is a beautiful tourist village with stepped architecture and Iranians know it as the Land of Butterflies, mainly because you can observe butterflies in the village throughout the year. However, most of Iranians go to visit and stay in the village usually during the summer.

Esfidan, Bojnord

In addition to the stepped architecture and specific geographical location, Esfidan has another symbol which is beautiful sandal trees.

The village used to be home to 17 Sandel trees, but the inhabitants cut them off and replaced man-made structures. Therefore, only two sandal trees with a trunk diameter of about 2.65 meters exit currently in the village. The springs, waterfalls and valleys surrounding this village are breathtakingly beautiful.

Zonuzaq, Tabriz

The unique architecture of the Zonuzaq Village in East Azarbaijan and its red houses are reminiscent of Abyaneh. It dates back to the Safavid era. It is in the vicinity of Zonuz, 30 km north-west of Marand. Identifying characteristic of Zonuzaq Village is a unique mountainous landscape and includes dozens of boiling springs, gardens and beautiful mountains. As a result, Zonuzaq offers particular attractions in each season. The blooming trees add color to the surroundings during spring and come to fruition during summer. They represent magnificent scenery during autumn. In actuality, the snow-white and bitterly cold winter of the village has made it a must-visit destination for tourists. villages stepped  of Iran

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