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Ali Sadr Caves

The Ali Sadr caves are located about 100 kilometres north of Hamedan and were discovered only 50 years ago by a local shepherd looking for a lost goat.
This is one of the most beautiful natural limestone caves in the world and goes 500 metres into the mountain. It is up to 40 metres high in places with a width of 2-15 metres and the underground lakes are up to 8 metres deep. Some of the various rock formations have been given names such as "eagle claw", "grape clusters", "Statue of Liberty"...

Ali Sadr Caves

Ali Sadr Caves

Ali Sadr Caves

The "Treasure Book" (Ganj-nameh)

Mount Alvand, 5 kilometres from Hamedan, hosts a number of beautiful gardens and waterfalls and a famous stone carving named the "Treasure Book" (Ganj-nameh). The treasure book is a pair of Achaemenian rock carvings from Darius (on the left) and his son Xerxes I. Inscribed in the old Persian, Elamite and Neo Babylonian languages, these tablets list the kings' titles and hence the extent of their empires at the time.

The Treasure Book (Ganj-nameh)

The Treasure Book (Ganj-nameh)

Nush-e Jan, Median fire-temple

Nush-e Jan is a mound, about 50 kilometres south of Hamedan and contains the remains of a median fire temple. It dates from the 8th century BC, and is one of the earliest discovered in Iran.

Lalehjin village

The village of Lalejin (approximately 32 kilometres north of Hamedan) is famous for ceramic arts, particularly with the turquoise glaze for which the region is known.


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