0530 GMT January 21, 2022
There are too many historical, local, and authentic things awaiting you in Persian bazaars. Specific architectural features observed in building Persian bazaars, they consist of various parts like mosque, bath, caravanserai, timcheh, and rasteh. As a result, wandering around the traditional bazaar of Kashan, central province of Isfahan, is quite adventurous. So try to dress like a local and follow us through the mysteries of Kashan Bazaar, tappersia.com reported.
Dating back to the Seljuk Era — 10th century — Kashan Bazaar is located right in heart of the city and has been renovated during Safavid Dynasty. A bitter fact about it is that during the 18th-century earthquake, so many people in the bazaar have been killed and major parts were ruined. Due to the development of local industries during the reign of Fathali Shah’s from Qajar dynasty, there have been new structures built in the bazaar.
In 1976, Kashan Bazaar was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List. Being close to the ancient trade routes and having a magnificent architectural design are the two prominent features of this bazaar. For more than 800 years, this bazaar has been a center of trade.
Are you curious about its architecture? Actually, its architecture is a significant feature of the bazaar. Being renovated several times, the bazaar has both bricks and restored parts. But no worries, fortunately, it has still preserved its spirit. To illustrate it better, the amazing sandy domes plays a pivotal role in the lightning of the inner space of the bazaar and made it quite a scenery from outside. So don’t forget to take your camera with you. Despite all other parts of Kashan, you can visit the bazaar at noon when the sun lights make amazing artistic shadows in the bazaar. A scenery which you should not miss capturing.
The remarkable architecture of the bazaar is what will catches every visitors’ eyes. Same as other Persian bazaars, there are mosques, timchehes, rastehes, qanats, tombs, baths, arcades, and water reservoirs in Kashan Bazaar.
Wondering what a timcheh might be?! Well, timcheh is a collection of shops in an area. It is actually a smaller caravanserai in which luxury stuff is being sold.
Timche-ye Amin od-Dowleh is a three-store building in a covered part of the bazaar that connects four parts of the bazaar to each other.
Rasteh is also a long line with stores on both sides in which people’s occupations are the same. There are three main rastehes in Kashan Bazaar: Mesgarha (coppersmiths), zargarha (goldsmiths), and kafash-ha (shoemakers). So get ready for some professional yet authentic pieces of art.
The complicated network of water canals — known as ‘qanat’ in Persian — is another remarkable structure of the bazaar that supplies ponds and fountains and makes the air inside cooler and fresher.
Miremad Mosque — known also as Meydan Mosque due to being close to the square — have various ancient inscriptions, shabestan, bricky domes, and an old cistern. This mosque is more than 800 years old. Marble embellishments on Abdol Razagh Khan Bathhouse (Hammam-e Khan) will also intrigue you. The bath is functioning as a teahouse these days.
This bazaar had different meanings for people over the course of time. It has been mentioned by different authors, journalists, merchants, and travelers.
Bazaar-e mesgarha section in Kashan Bazaar is one of the most spectacular places of the orient.
Well, do not forget to buy souvenirs for your loved ones when visiting Kashan. Bazaar offers a variety of authentic options for you to buy as a souvenir. Kashan Bazaar has sweets, herbal drinks, and high-quality rosewater which you should try. The rasteh-ye mesgarha is the source of original and local copper products. If you are more of an artistic person, you can find vases, jewelry boxes, and carpets in the bazaar as well. You will find the well-known Mohtasham Kashan Carpet in this bazaar and thanks to its delicate weaving, you can enjoy the very little details on this carpet. In case you are looking for fresh spices, dried fruits, and nuts, the bazaar is the best place to find the best kind of them. Note that the old spice mill in the bazaar is still operating.
When to visit Kashan Bazaar?
Since Kashan is located in a desert, spring and autumn are more suitable seasons to go to Kashan. The bazaar is not the only wonder of the city to visit; Ameri Traditional House, Tape Sialk (Sialk Hill) Abbasi House, Puppet Museum, and Aqa Bozorg Jame Mosque are some of the places you must visit while traveling to Kashan.