A Meeting Point of History and Culture in Iran

© Hanieh Khosroshahi

© Hanieh Khosroshahi

February 05, 2016 15:51 EDT

Abyaneh is one of the most historic and authentic villages in Iran. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.]

Although Iran is known to make headlines about all things political, including its nuclear program, tense relations with the West and conservative policies led by hard-liners, it is also a country that prides itself in having one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

In recent years, under President Hassan Rouhani, Iran has begun to come out of the shadows of global isolation. In January, international sanctions against the nation were lifted as a result of disabling much of Tehran’s nuclear program.

This new era of diplomacy has already brought about changes, including a series of new deals with Western businesses.

As predicted, tourism is on the rise in Iran. The nuclear deal has brought with it, and will continue to bring, a large number of visitors and foreigners interested in exploring the ancient country’s history, which includes 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Iran’s diversity is unmatchable. From ancient ruins and beautiful Islamic architecture to the Persian Gulf and infamous ski resorts, Iran is truly a traveler’s paradise. With a country of around 80 million, the majority being under the age of 35, Iran has a lot to offer.

The nation is opening up to the world, and it is about time it is showcased for its beauty, diversity and history.

One of the many sites the country offers is Abyaneh village. Located at the foot of Karkas Mountain, Abyaneh is one of the most historic and authentic villages in Iran. It is situated about 70 kilometers southeast of Kashan in Isfahan province and is unique for having preserved and retained the traditions of its founders. Its history goes back more than 2,500 years, and traces from the Sassanid period can be seen in its architecture.

The rural village attracts a great deal of Iranian and foreign tourists year-around.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Fair Observer’s editorial policy.

Photo Credit: Hanieh Khosroshahi

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