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Zanjan Tourist Attractions


20 Top Places to Visit in Zanjan Iran


Zanjan city is the capital of Zanjan provinces of Iran. Tourist attractions of Zanjan province are located all across the province and can be classified as natural, social, historic, and cultural. The city of Zanjan hosts to the most number of these attractions. The most prominent site in the province is the magnificent edifice of the soltaniyeh dome which is one of the most exceptional and famous Islamic sites dating back to 700 years ago. The dome is listed in UNESCO world heritage and plays a great role in the tourism of the region. The other historical attractions of Zanjan are tomb and khanqah of Chalabi Oghlu, Chehelsotun Mosque, Jameh mosque, Jamileh Khanum Mosque and Ishak Mirza Mosque. Major museums of Zanjan are: salt-man museum (archaeology museum), Epigraphy museum and natural history museum. Zanjan natural attractions are qezel ozan river, protected wildlife zones, katalekhor cave, vananq spring and aladaglar colorful mountains.

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Zanjan Tourist Attractions Jameh Mosque

Zanjan Jameh Mosque

Zanjan Friday Mosque

The Jameh Mosque of Zanjan also known as, Seyyed Mosque and Sultani Mosque, is the grand, congregational mosque of Zanjan. The mosque is situated in the old part of the city and was constructed in 1826 during the Qajar era. The purpose of building this edifice was to create a center of teaching and praying. The Zanjan Jameh Mosque which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions has four Shabestans, or night prayer halls, each containing a minbar.

Zanjan Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Anthropological Museum Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice

Zanjan Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice

Restored Old Laundry Room

Historical Edifice of Rakhtshooy Khaneh which translates to laundromat edifice, was built nearly 20th century. It was built for women in the city to be safe from the cold weather while washing clothes. This rebuilt old laundry room which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions is decorated with some statues showing women washing clothes. Here you can see some part of traditional lifestyle of Zanjan residents in previous century. This historic building is currently being used as Zanjan Anthropological Museum.

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Zanjan Natural Attractions Colorful Mountains

Zanjan Colorful Mountains

Walking on another Planet

One of the most amazing nature phenomenon in Iran is the Aladaglar mountains or Rainbow mountains which is in Zanjan province. The hills are so incredible that for a moment you might think you are walking on another planet. The golden and copper colors of these mountains get a maximum glow when the Sun shines with the right angle. Aladaglar Mountain which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions dates back to 15 million years ago. There are a variety of colors in this attractive place containing Red, Copper, Brown, Yellow, White, Green and blue in beauty different spectrum and especially Red, Copper, and Yellow in hot weather. Everywhere of the Aladaglar Mountains has a unique form and color and type of stones are different. If you travel to Iran, Zanjan, don’t forget to see this natural attraction.

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Zanjan Tourist Attractions Behestan Castle

Zanjan Behestan Castle

Part of a Sassanid-era Fortress

Behestan castle, a Sassanid era (226-651 CE) structure, is one of the 20 historical castles of Zanjan. It is along with the Ghezel Ozan River. The upper floors of this castle were used for defense and the lower floors were used as food storage facilities. This castle which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions is built in a rugged mountain ridge. The castle is demolished due to the rapid winds erosion, as well as the passage of the Ghezel Ozan River along it. Due to the specific circumstances of that period, the rulers have made the fort in order to defend themselves and the people.

Zanjan Chehel Sotoun | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Chehel Sotoun Mosque

Zanjan Chehel Sotoun Mosque

A Historical Mosque

Chehel Sotoun Mosque is one of the historical mosques of Zanjan and the most famous Howze Elmiyeh in the Qajar era. It is located in bazaar of Zanjan and dates back to 1284 Hijri. The mosque which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions includes courtyard and some vast shabestans which its arches are arranged regularly on 32 strong columns. Its name is Chehel Sotoun (40 columns in Persian) due to the high number of its columns. Its mihrab is designed with worthy tile work and its plinths are designed with tiles in flower patterns according to Qajar architecture style.

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Zanjan Tourist Attractions Saltman Museum

Zanjan Archaeology Museum

A Full Body Salt-man

The archaeology museum (Saltmen Museum) is home to four Saltmen mummies discovered over the years in the Chehrabad Salt Mine. The effect of the salt and dry air of the mine has preserved whole corpses intact, with skin, hair and various organs. The Salt-men museum, one of the zanjan tourist attractions, is basically Zolfaghari building which was turned into museum. You can see one of salt men is in his very detailed cloth and shoes moreover some of his inner organs have remained in good condition. Carbon dating has shown that they range between 1500 and 2300 years old.

Zanjan Hosseiniyeh Mosque | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Hosseiniyeh Mosque

Zanjan Hosseiniyeh Mosque

The biggest religious anniversary ceremony

Each lunar year at Muharram month, Shia people in Iran and many other countries found big communities for respecting Imam Hossein. This mosque is mostly well known for its famous annual mourning parade in Muharram month. This event is organized in this mosque each year and around 1 million people attend the event. Even people from neighbor countries gather on this event on that special date and make different type of donations. The main building of mosque is quite an old one with almost 150 years of history behind it. It is worth visiting this zanjan tourist attraction center, especially during Muharram.

Zanjan  Katalekhor Cave | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Natural Attractions Katalekhor Cave

Zanjan Katalekhor Cave

Dry Cave with strange figures of Stones

The name, Katale Khor, means "mount of the sun". Geological studies showed that the cave formation dates back to the Jurassic period. It is believed that the cave is connected to Ali Sadr Cave in Hamadan province. The cave which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions was discovered about 90 years ago. The structure of this cave is amazing in its kind; it has numerous layers, several underground tunnels, ancient fossils and pure limes that have been created all along million years. The existence of nature's carvings through million years in the beautiful form of stalagmites and stalactites in the corridors and halls is showing off and adds to the beauty of the Cave. In some corridors animals' skeletons were found which are not similar to nowadays animal and probably belong to the extinguished generations of the past ages.

Zanjan Traditional Bazaar | Zanjan Grand Bazaar | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Traditional Bazaar

Zanjan Grand Bazaar

the Longest roofed Bazaar in Iran

The 200-years old Bazaar (Qeysariyeh Bazaar) has nearly 1000 stores, numerous wings, passages, historic inns, bathhouses, and mosques. It still is the vibrant shopping hub of the city with traditional style shops preserving the magnificent architecture. One of the zanjan tourist attractions, the zanjan grand bazaar is the longest traditional roofed building in Iran. Different segments of bazaar are dedicated to selling specific goods such as jewelry, shoe, carpet, traditional medicine, knives, Charogh, Filigree, cooper cookware etc.

Zanjan Dome of Soltaniyeh | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Dome of Soltaniyeh

Zanjan Dome of Soltaniyeh

the third Largest Dome in the World

The Dome of Soltaniyeh which is one of the zanjan tourist attractions, is a complex of ruins centering on the Mausoleum of the Mongol ruler Ilkhan Oljeitu. The main building, erected between 1302 and 1312 AD, may have the oldest double-shell dome in Iran. Its importance in the Muslim world is undoubted and it may be compared to that of Brunelleschi's cupola for Christian architecture. It is one of the largest brick domes in the world, just at the theoretical engineering limit for a brick dome and the third largest dome in the world after the domes of Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia. People have described the architecture of the building as “anticipating the Taj Mahal.” The estimated 200-ton dome stands 49 meters (161 ft) tall from its base, and is currently undergoing extensive renovation. It was used for multiple functions, such as Quran reading, praying, teaching, housing, and medical purposes.

Zanjan Qezel Ozan River | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Natural Attractions Qezel Ozan River

Zanjan Qezel Ozan River

The Second Longest River in Iran

Ghezel Ozan meaning "floating gold" is a river flowing in northwestern and northern Iran. It flows through Kurdistan Province, Zanjan Province, East Azerbaijan Province, Ardabil Province, and Gilan Province. In other words, it flows from the Zagros Mountains in Kordestan Province to the Caspian Sea. One of the zanjan tourist attractions, river length is approximately 670 kilometers, making it the second longest river of Iran after the Karun.

Zanjan Protected Wildlife Zones | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Natural Attractions Protected Wildlife Zones

Zanjan Protected Wildlife Zones

A verity species of Animals

Due to climatic and geographical variations of Zanjan the flora and fauna adapts itself to these charges. The most important species of wildlife in these areas are: Ram, wild sheep, wild goat, Gazelle, Bear, Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Lynx, wild cat, Fox, Jackal, Gray squirrel, Boar, and Sable.

Endemic birds such as: Partridge, yellow partridge, ring dove, turtle dove, dove, eagle, pigeon, vulture, ostrich, crow, starling, magpie, raven and gull.

Immigrant birds (waterfowls) such as: Bustard, flamingo, crane, pelican, goose, duck, grouse and cock.

Zanjan Doodkesh-e Jen | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Doodkesh-e Jen

Zanjan Doodkesh-e Jen

Doodkesh-e Jen is located 20 kilometers from Mahneshan County and 120 kilometers from Zanjan. In geology, this natural phenomenon is called "Hoodoo". It is a type of mushroom-like stone created as a result of erosion. It looks like a high thin minaret.

Zanjan Dashkasan Temple | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Dashkasan Temple

Zanjan Dashkasan Temple

Dashkasan or Dragon temple was built by order of Mongol king Öljaitü in the early fourteenth century. The temple consists of three deep, manmade caves that have exquisite stone carvings. One of these carvings is the image of dragons facing each other. There are alters decorated with floral and arabesque motifs as well as stone Muqarnas decorations on either side of these carvings. The temple was built by four Chinese craftsmen.

Zanjan Haj Dadash Bath | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Haj Dadash Bath

Zanjan Haj Dadash Bath

This 100-years-old public bathhouse is located in front of the old bazaar of Zanjan and Mirzaei Mosque. Today, this bathhouse is converted it to a classic-style restaurant.

Zanjan Ael-Daghi Recreation Complex | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Ael-Daghi Complex

Zanjan Ael-Daghi Complex

Eel Daghi complex is one of the best and most popular resorts in Zanjan, which is located on the slopes of Gavazang mountain and is also known as the roof of Zanjan. This complex has some entertainment and comfort facilities, including restaurants, coffee shops, boating, cycling, 5D-cinema and paragliding.

Zanjan Pari Lake | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Natural Attractions Pari Lake

Zanjan Pari Lake

Khandaghlo | Shurgli lakes

Pari Lake is located near Pari and Khandaghlo villages and is one of the natural attractions of Mahnishan city of Zanjan province in Iran. This lake is located in a vast and green plain and provides water for agriculture and fish farming in the region. This lake, which is like a dignified and beautiful fairy, is considered one of the tourist attractions of Zanjan in summer.

Zanjan Sharshar Waterfall | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Natural Attractions Sharshar Waterfall

Zanjan Sharshar Waterfall

Sharshar waterfall is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Zanjan. This region has a very pleasant and cool weather and is one of the tourist attractions of Zanjan in summer.

Zanjan Shit Village | Zanjan Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Shit Village

Zanjan Shit Village

Cherry Picking Festival

Shit mountain-village of Zanjan with 500 years old is the flagship of the villages of Zanjan province. All kinds of cherry, pomegranate, olive and walnut trees, springs and a water stream that passes between two high mountains attract every tourist. If you go to this village in June, you can participate in the cherry picking festival held in this area. Shit village is one of Zanjan's touristic villages and one of Zanjan's tourist attractions in summer.

Zanjan Shilander Village | Iran Tourist Attractions

Zanjan Tourist Attractions Shilander Village

Shilander Village | Butterfly Village

Shilander village is a green and terraced village that is located on the mountainside, overlooking the river. Shilander village, which is full of walnut, mulberry, cherry, cherry and hazelnut trees, is one of the tourist villages of Zanjan. Due to the abundance of mulberry trees, there are many butterflies in this village and it has been nicknamed as a butterfly village. We recommend you don’t miss visiting this beautiful village.

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