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Abyaneh Village, Natanz

Step back in time with a visit to one of Iran's oldest settlements, Abyaneh Village. Nestled in the foothills of the Karkas Mountain, the village blends into the mountainside with its reddish houses. Explore the ancient settlement by wandering along narrow, sloping pathways and gaze at crumbling mud-brick buildings. Thanks to its remote location, local traditions and cultures have been meticulously preserved here. You'll notice the Abyanaki women wearing colorful, traditional dresses and speaking the local dialect of Middle Persian. Make sure you visit the 11th-century mosque, one of the village's most impressive buildings, filled with ancient carvings. Plan your visit to Abyaneh Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Natanz online attractions planner .
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  • We left the main road that goes to Teheran and we take a secondary, full of curves and more interesting than the other. The landscape began to become hilly and the road began to accompany a river in a small gorge. We must have walked about 20km until we arrived on Abyaneh and this path was filled with small farms, small groupings of houses and some ancient castles and ancient ruins. A very beautiful road. The occupation of the region dates back to more than 2,000 years, but the village grew even in the Sassanda period (700d. C.). Today there are just over 300 people and many houses are abandoned. The majority of the population is elderly, young people have moved to larger cities in search of higher conditions of employment and study. It's a place stalled in time. The streets are very narrow and winding, the houses are practically stacked on top of each other, with the roof of one serving as another's terrace. All buildings are reddish and in clay with very beautiful windows and doors. Always in wood, some have hard notches and very old. The curiosity is that the vast majority of the doors are very low. Some reach 1, 60 m high. Some doors have something else very interesting: two knockers, one with different sound from the other, men must hit with a type of knocker and women with another type, this serves for a woman inside know whether to open the door with the hijab or not! The few villagers we found were ladies always wearing a large white scarf that covers the head and shoulders and some men. Women sell fruits and crafts to tourists. We had the impression of a very painful life on their part. Another very interesting thing of Abyaneh is that they are the only locality of the Irâ that speaks an ancient Persian dialect extinct in all other places and that dates from about 2000 years ago. We stroll and lose ourselves through the alleys, impressed by the architecture and rusticity of the place, we cross with some foreign tourists also "lost" there. Over the walls we could see an old fortress in ruins, which seemed to be out of a Conan film, nor needed it, the city was already interesting enough. We walk more and find their Jameh mosque. It is closed due to historical importance, but we were able to appreciate its beautiful door all in walnut wood. It is not massive, but formed of thousands of pieces of wood forming a mosaic very characteristic of Muslim architecture, with beautiful calligraphies and floral designs, this door is the entrance of a small courtyard, this still with another massive door more beautiful Still.
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  • Abyaneh in the first look is a village with many floors that can receive even sometimes to 5 floors which its houses are built in mountain’s domain. You can also go above of the fortress near to the v...  more »
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