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The land of mountains and deserts in a beautiful natural setting, Kerman has a long history. Having driven its name from the tribe of Germanioi, it is believed to have been founded in the early 3rd century AD by Ardashir I, founder of the Sassanian dynasty. Beginning from the 7th century it was ruled in turn by the Arabs, the Seljuks, the Turkomans and the Mongols. Marco Polo mentioned the skill of local leather-workers, silk-embroideries in 1271. The town expanded rapidly under the Safavids in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Kerman is a blend of modern and old life and architecture. It is famous for its carpets and pistachios.
Kerman is the entry point to the more visited sites of Bam and Mahan.
The Friday Mosque dates back to the 14th century. It is designed on the classical Iranian model of four ivans, with wonderful blue faience. Several shades from turquoise to ultramarine create the vertical sea of smooth, shimmering glittering tiles. The wall of the mihrab and the central dome are also decorated with admirable geometric compositions.
Gonbad-e-Jabalieh is an enormous tower. It may have been a Zoroastrian building, and is remarkable because of being constructed of stone rather than the more usual brick.
Gonbad-e-Moshtaghieh of the early 19th century (Qajar period) has very fine tile decorations.
Ganj Ali Khan Bath and Ethnological Museum houses an interesting exhibition of good wax works of men in various poses and costumes set in a traditional but not longer operational bath-house. The Ganj Ali Khan Bath is one of the several ancient monuments and a group of utilitarian buildings dating from the Safavid period (the 17th century).
The old covered bazaar. The extensive Regent’s Bazaar, constructed of beautiful and well-preserved brick (much of it from the Safavid period) is mainly of interest for its architecture rather than for the range of goods.
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|Languages spoken||Farsi Or Persion|
|Area (km2)||180,726 km²|