News ID: 323136
Published: 1008 GMT July 27, 2022

Sorkheh in Semnan Province attractive for many tourists

Sorkheh in Semnan Province attractive for many tourists
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Lasjerd Caravanserai

Iranica Desk

Semnan Province is located in northern Iran and stretches along the Alborz Mountains. The province is divided into two parts: A mountainous region and a plain area situated at the foothill of the mountains. Sorkheh is a city in Semnan Province, located 180km from the capital city of Tehran.  Sorkheh, a Persian dialect, is still spoken by some of Semnan’s inhabitants.

The nature of Sorkheh looks stunningly beautiful, especially in the spring. Having numerous historical and natural sites, the city attracts a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country every year, chtn.ir reported.

 

Lasjerd Caravanserai

 

Lasjerd Caravanserai, dating back to the Safavid Era (1501-1736 CE), is located in the village of the same name on the Tehran-Mashhad road. The ancient monument has two ivans (verandas) and a large courtyard with 24 rooms. The eastern veranda of the caravanserai leads to a vestibule (an anteroom or small foyer leading into a larger space) through a corridor. The monument was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.

 

 

Heshmat al-Lashkar Mansion

 

The ancient Heshmat al-Lashkar Mansion, dating back to the Qajar Era, is located in central Sorkheh. The original monument, built by Haj Memar Bashi Semnani, had four residential houses, a bathhouse, a school and some other sections, of which two houses still remain. The twin windcatchers of the edifice, known as the symbol of the city, have attractive decorations. The historical site was inscribed on Iran’s National Heritage List.

 

Biroondej Cistern

Biroondej Cistern is located in a neighborhood with the same name, next to the mosalla (a space mainly used for prayer) of Sorkheh. It has a huge and dome-shaped reservoir with the architectural elements of desert buildings. On the top of the dome, there is a small windcatcher to pass the air flow and cool the water.

 

Chehel Sotoun Mosque

 

Chehel Sotoon Mosque, dating back to the 7th century CE, consists of two separate shabestans (an open area in a mosque usually used for prayer), one in the south and the other in the north. The southern shabestan is a rectangular hall and its altar located at the southwest side of the building.

 

Khonar No-Hunting Zone

 

Khonar No Hunting Zone, with an area of more than 36,000 hectares, is located in the northern part of Sorkheh on the slopes of Alborz Mountains. The plant species of the region include juniper, barberry, thyme and sage, pecan, yarrow, onion plants, and mints. Wolves, foxes, wild cats, wild pigs, rabbits, jackals, brown bears, goats, rams and sheep are the main animals of the area.

 

Handicrafts and souvenirs

 

Hand-woven carpets, kilims, towels and jajims (traditional Persian fabric) are the main handicrafts produced by the artisans of the city. The main souvenirs of Sorkheh are melons, pomegranates, figs, almonds, walnuts, apples, dairy products and sheermal bread (saffron-flavored flatbread).

 

   
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