News ID: 302823
Published: 0928 GMT May 07, 2021

House and tomb of Mirza Kuchak Khan in Rasht attract huge tourists

House and tomb of Mirza Kuchak Khan in Rasht attract huge tourists
iranparadise.com
Tomb of Mirza Kuchak Khan

Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali (1880-1921), a national hero in the modern Iranian history, had founded a revolutionary movement which was based in the forests of Gilan Province, northern Iran, known as the Jungle Movement.

Mirza Kuchak Khan’s house, located on Soheil Dabiri Street, is one of the most visited places in Rasht, and is home to many foreign and domestic tourists every year. The tomb of him, reputedly known as Sardar-e-Jangal, is located in the south of Rasht. This simple and at the same time beautiful monument is also held in high respect of all who visit the vicinity, iranparadise.com wrote.

 

Tomb of Mirza Kuchak Khan

 

The building in Mirza Kuchak Khan’s memory, beautiful in its simplicity was built taking into account the canons of traditional architecture. It is in the form of a regular octagon, one of the usual architectural geometric forms of Iran, with eight beautiful columns and wooden capitals all around the mausoleum.

Around the mausoleum of this great man, the historical protagonist of the struggles of Gilan and Iran, the bodies of the militants of the Jungle Movement are buried, whose names are engraved on their respective sepulchers. Next to the tomb of Mirza Kuhak Khan there is also the mausoleum of a famous and popular poet of this region, Shivan Foomani and other celebrities of this area.

 

House of Mirza Kuchak Khan

 

Covering an area of 1,120 square meters, the house of Mirza Kuchak Khan is located in the Ostadsara neighborhood. The Rasht Municipality purchased the house from its owner in order to convert it into a cultural center. Painting, repairing the roof and stairs, and fixing the bricks are parts of the restoration project, implemented by the Gilan Province’s Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization.

The elements that make up this building are mostly bricks, tiles, clay and wood and all are local materials whose combination with the green environment and the ancient trees around, recall the forest and adapt to the liberal spirit of that fighter character.

After Reza Khan Pahlavi took power in 1920, he issued a highly classified document requesting high-ranking security officials to deliver Mirza Kuchak to him, dead or alive, offering a large reward to whoever did so. This secret document shows that the king was desperately seeking to suppress the Jungle Movement as soon as possible in order to crack down on the new freedom movements mobilized in different parts of Iran. Mirza and his companion named Gaouk, a Russian-German revolutionary adventurer, fleeing from the central government forces both died of frostbite in the Talesh Mountains near Masal on December 2, 1921.

The city of Rasht, capital of the northern province of Gilan, has long been a weekend escape for Tehranis looking to sample the famous local cuisine and hoping for some pluvial action — it’s the largest, and wettest, town in the northern part of Iran. Travelers use it as a base to explore the amazing Rudkhan Castle and photogenic Masuleh, but if they linger they’ll discover vibrancy among its young population.

   
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