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Kerman Province
Kerman covers an area of 181,814 km2, and is considered as the second largest province of Iran, located in the southeastern parts of the country. It is surrounded by the provinces of Khorasan on the north, Yazd and Fars on the northwest and west respectively, Hormozgan on the south and Sistan va Baluchestan on the east.
The province has a capital by the same name, and 17 large and small towns. Other major towns of Kerman are Baft, Bardsir, Bam, Jiroft, Rafsanjan, Sirjan, Shahre Babak, Kahnooj and Zarand.
According to the latest census, the population of this province was 2,004,328 in 1996. A small number of the population are migrant tribes. This province has extensive animal husbandry and agriculture. Its major produce are fruits, pistachios, cotton, grains and sugar beet. Kerman is also rich in mineral-based industries. The world's best quality copper is exploited from Kerman's Sarcheshme copper mine. Iron and coal are other major metals of this province.
Lying on the borders of the large desert of Loot, Kerman possesses a dry climate in its north, northwestern and central parts. The humidity increases in the southern parts, but the rainfall in this province is very little and irregular.
The average temperature of Kerman city, the capital, is 19.1°C in spring, 24.4°C in summer, 11.3°C in autumn, and 3.3°C in winter. In a study carried out over a 30-year period, the average annual temperature of this city was established at 15.4°C; average relative humidity at 06:30 hours, 65% and at 12:30 hours, 37%; average amount of annual rainfall was 147.5 mm; maximum rainfall per day 60 mm; average number of days with the temperature below 0°C, 96.1; average number of sunny hours over the entire year, 3,114.6; and the maximum wind speed, 48.5 meters per second, blowing in the direction of 270°. 
 Kerman City
The long history of Kerman city, which covers thousands of years, has often witnessed war, peace, destruction and construction. Although this city was several times subject to invasions by different nations and tribes during the history, today it is one the most advanced cities of Iran. Kerman is 1,755 m above sea level and lies at a distance of 1,038 km from Tehran.
Shah Nematolah Vali, the famous poet and Sufi of Kerman, is buried in a beautiful shrine that attracts many tourists.
Handicraft
Kerman's carpets are undoubtedly the most famous and precious carpets of Iran and the world. They have their own particular designs and colors.
Other major handicraft of this province are Patte Duzi , kilim and Jajim.

Kerman Art & Culture
Local and Regional Foods, Kerman
Dishes prepared in this region are of a colorful array such as types of Aash (or a traditional kind of broth), various kinds of side dishes, and curries accompanied with rice.
  Handicrafts and Souvenirs, Kerman
The handicrafts and souvenirs of the province of Kerman are as follows:
A traditional embroidery known as patteh, carpets, rugs, jajeems, Kilims (a coarse carpet), satchels, and other hand woven articles. Caraway seeds and pistachio of Rafsanjan and Kerman are best of the main items of this province. 
  Zarabkhaneh (Mint House) Museum (Coin Museum), Kerman
This museum is located to the north of the Ganj Ali Khan square of Kerman. The ceilings and porches of this structure are adorned with beautiful plaster works. In the past the premises was a mint and a government treasury. Internally, the structure is octagonal and comprises of a chamber, four cubicles in four corners. Presently ancient coins are on display here.

Kerman religious Places
Imamzadeh Zeid, Kerman 
 The same is one of the pilgrimage sites of Kerman (Shahdad). Imamzdeh Zeid is said to be a descendent of Imam Reza (AS). The oldest part of this structure is its porch made of sun baked bricks, that was most probably built in the 7th century AH. The structure has undergone the necessary repairs and is on historical record.
  Imamzadeh Shahzadeh Hossein, Kerman
This structure is a construction of the Safavid era in Joopar. The same lies in verdant surroundings and has a unique architecture. 
  Other Old Mosques, Kerman
Other old mosques of the province are named as the Vakil-ol-Molk Mosque, Paminar Mosque and Imam Zaman Mosque in Kerman.
   Malek (Imam Khomeini) Mosque, Kerman
This mosque is a construction of the 5th century AH. (the Saljuqi period). Various portions of this mosque, specially the main platform was constructed in the times of Vakil-ol-Molk (1285 AH.), and the eastern porch was repaired in the last century by the late Deylamqani which is a remnant of the Saljuqi period. 
Kerman Jame' Mosque, Kerman
This mosque is a part of the Mozaffari aggregate and was completed in 750 AH., by Amir Mobarezeddin Mohammad-e-Mozaffari-e-Meybodi Yazdi . The mosque is one of the most ancient structures of the country, and a remnant of the Iranian monarchs after the Al-e-Booyeh dynasty.
Ganj Ali Khan Mosque, Kerman
This structure is in the north eastern corner of the Ganj Ali Khan aggregate of Kerman. Actually it is like a small museum, exhibiting decorative Islamic arts such as tile and plaster works as well as calligraphy. This mosque was built in the year 1007 AH. and entails 14 shops. The above mentioned aggregate is an endowment of this mosque.
  Chehel Sotune Mosque, Kerman
This mosque belongs to the Sheikhiyeh sect, and was completed in the year 1286 AH. by Haj Aqa Ali Rafsanjani. The same has 40 pillars each sculptured from one piece of stone. Its surrounding areas also add to the beauty of the said mosque.

Kerman Natural Places
Plains and Deserts (Lut Desert - the vicinity of Shahdad), Kerman 
 The province of Kerman in respect to its relief and natural terrain, encompasses elevated plains and vast desert spaces. Some of these such as the plains and summer residing quarters are taken advantage of as recreational areas. The plains of Shahdad, Bam and Jiroft are low-lying plains, and reach a maximum elevation of 2,100 - 1,300 m
Mahan Summer Residing Places, Kerman
The city of Mahan is located in the southeast of Kerman. At a distance of 6 km. from the south of Mahan, is a beautiful and large garden named "Shazdeh Garden" with a spectacular structure in the premises. "Shazdeh Garden" meaning Prince’s Garden is a historical Persian garden. The structure is relative to the Qajar era. There are various pools constructed in the garden that is sheltered with fine trees.
The garden was built for and during the eleven years of the governance of Abdolhamid Mirza Naserodolleh (during Qajar dynasty). The construction was left unfinished due to death of Abdolhamid Mirza in early 1890s.
Other Summer Residing Recreation Places, Kerman
These are the other summer residing quarters of the province: summer resorts in the Bam - Jiroft road, 'Delfard' and 'Dar-e-Behesht' summer resort in Jiroft.
   Rayn Summer Residing Places, Kerman 
 Rayn being a vicinity experiencing a pleasant climate, accounts for one of the famous summer spots of Kerman. Rayn lies on the slopes of the Hezar Mountains (4,450 m. in elevation). This mountain is snow clad for a good part of the year, and also has a beautiful waterfall. The mountain valley is covered with trees
Koohpayeh Summer Residing Places, Kerman
This vicinity is in the east of Kerman, and comprises of 400 villages, the center of which is known as Koohpayeh. On the slopes of this mountainous region, there are a large number of sweet-water springs and a waterfall . The Ministry of Education has constructed a camp alongside this beautiful waterfall. 
  Joopar Summer Residing Places, Kerman
The summer residing quarters of Joopar is located to the south of Kerman, and has beautiful parks and gardens. The mausoleum of Imamzadeh Hossein, the offspring of Imam Moosa-ebne-Ja'far (AS) is located here. This is an extremely pleasant town, and famous for its grapes.
Kerman Tourism Attractions
Historical Places Natural Attractions Religious Places Art & Culture



Kerman Historical Places
Jabaliyeh Dome, Kerman 
 This dome is also known as the Gabri Dome and is located in Kerman, and the structure is octagonal. The dome has been constructed of brick, though the building is of stone and gypsum, and its architectural affects have been inspired from the Sassanide period.
Jabalieh Dom is an enormous tower standing quite on its own on the north side of Shohada Avenue, toward Masjid-e Saheb oz-Zaman, just beyond the eastern end of Kerman
Moayedi Ice-Pit, Kerman 
 This is a circular structure made of sun baked bricks and clay. The same resembles a huge dome. This structure located in the city of Kerman, is surrounded by lush greenery and is a site for tourists
Ganj Ali Khan (Zarabkhaneh) Mint House, Kerman
This mint is to the north of the Ganj Ali Khan Sq. and is an octagonal structure with a ceiling, four porches and four cubicles set in four sides. Materials used in the construction are brick and gypsum, and has been decorated with plaster workes. This building at present is the Coin Museum.
Ganj Ali Khan Square, Kerman
Around this oval square some elements of the city have taken shape so that, to the three sides of the square stands the bazaar of Kerman. In the other side is the Ganj Ali Khan School. The presence of a bath, water reservoir, mint, bazaars and Chahar Sooq, amass to form a complete aggregate. The architectural affects displayed around the square are also a source of fascination. This square covers an area of 5,346 sq. m. (Its length and breadth being 100 x 54 m. approximately).
Shahzadeh Hossein Jowpar Tomb, Kerman 
 The said tomb is situated in the Jowpar district of Kerman, and this pilgrimage site is relative to the Safavid period. It was repaired and completed during the Qajar period. There is also a caravansary in its vicinity. The structure comprises of a courtyard, sepulchre, dome and a porch. The same is on historical record.
  Shah Nematollah-e-Vali Tomb, Kerman
Shah Nematollah-e-Vali was the head of the Ellahiyeh (730-834 AH.), and was one of the reputed Gnostics of the first half of the 9th century AH. His tomb and Khaneqah (or a kind of monastery) is located in the town of Mahan (Kerman). The Hezar Shah structure is the axis of this aggregate, and its primary construction dates back to the year 840 AH. Ahmad Shah Bahmani (of the Bahmaniyeh Dynasty) was responsible for the expenditure. Sections were added to this in later periods
Kerman Bazaar Aggregate, Kerman
The Bazaar-e-Bozorg (Grand Bazaar) of Kerman lies between the Arq and Moshtaqiyeh squares of Kerman city. The bazaar comprises of various rows or alleys such as Arg, Ganj Ali Khan, Ekhtiyari, Sardari, Vakil, Attari, Qadam Gah and Mozaffari rows.
Sabz Dome, Kerman
This structure dates back to the 7th century AH., and is a remnant of the Qara Khta'iyan school and tomb in Kerman. At present only the entrance of the school remains, and the ceiling of the porch has seen damages in an earthquake, but was later on repaired. The most beautiful portion of the porch is its arched tile work, along with its columns on the two sides.
Peer Baba Mosafer Mausoleum, Kerman
This structure is located in Shahdad (Kerman) and is also known as Khaneqah-e-Aqoos, Aqoos Kelisa (church) or Peer-e-Mosafer. The same comprises of walls, a court-yard, entrance and a domed chamber. . 
Moshtaqiyeh (Segonbad) Dome, Kerman
This dome is located in the Moshtaqiyeh sq. in Kerman and was constructed during the Qajar reign. Three domes have been constructed on three tombs belonging to Moshtaq Ali Shah, Sheikh Esmail and Kowsar Ali Shah. Moshtaq Ali Shah was a Gnostic of the 13th century AH. and was stoned to death in the year 1206 AH. due to his personal beliefs.
Khajeh Atabak Mausoleum, Kerman
The same is located in the south east of the vicinity of the bazaar mosque. The structure is a remnant of the Saljuqi period in the 6th century AH. This structure has been adorned with plaster and brick works, both internally and externally. Its interesting features are the kufic and thulth scripts. The ceiling of this mausoleum had caved in, but was repaired by the Cultural Heritage Organization, and the structure is on historical record.
 Other Baths, Kerman
Other baths in Kerman province are named as Baq-e-Shazdeh Bath in Mahan, Tah-e-Baq-e-Lellah and Mirza Esmail Vazir baths in Kerman, Negar bath in the Negar Village of Kerman and the Seyed Abbas Bath in Bam.
  Vakil Traditional Tea House or Bath, Kerman
The said bath was constructed in unique style and adorned just as skillfully in the year 1280 AH . Its architecture being relative to the Zandiyeh-Qajar reigns. Its walls and floorings are finished in ceramic and tiles. The bath comprises of two sections, the cloak room and the bath itself. In the recent decades this historical structure has been converted into a traditional tea-house, and its entrance was repaired in 1990. A part of the hot bath today is a restaurant where regional dishes or food is being served. 
  Ganj Ali Khan Bath, Kerman
This bath has been decoratively adorned with arches, tile and plaster work and also paintings. The entrance of this bath has been artistically painted with ornaments of the Safavid era, and its architectural facets were performed by Ostad Mohammad Sultan Yazdi. The bath consists of two sections named as, cloak room and the hot bath itself. The most interesting feature of its architectural finish is that the sculptured stones of the ceiling coincides with that of the flooring. 
   Ebrahim Khan Bath, Kerman
This old bath is located in the midst of the Ebrahim Khan Bazaar in Kerman. The same consists of two sections, the cloak room and the main bath. This bath has been utilized since 1321 AH.
  Ali Moradan Khan Water Reservoir, Kerman
The historical water reservoir of Ali Mardan Khan (the offspring of Ganj Ali Khan) is in the Ganj Ali Khan aggregate of Kerman. Its fantastic architecture draws the viewer's attention. An inscription affixed here notes the date 1209 AH. as the year of its construction. 
Bam Citadel, Bam
To the north east of the Bam city, in the skirts of a gigantic rock is the foundations of a fortified castle, reputedly known as the Bam Citadel. This citadel was actually the old city of Bam. The city comprised of four sections and 38 watch towers. In the southern side of this structure there were four ramparts and to the north-eastern section there was also another colossal rampart. The citadel has been constructed of sun baked bricks, argyle and straw, but in some parts stone, brick and the barks of date palms have been utilized. The said citadel comprises of the entrance gate-way, a public sector, a military base and the central section or seat of power