(Persia Digest) – Kerman is one of Iran’s larger cities and the provincial capital of Kerman Province in southeastern Iran. It is also one of five historic cities in the country. Its main attractions include the Bam Citadel, Rayen Citadel, and numerous other historical buildings from the Safavid and Qajar eras.
Bam Citadel is registered as the world’s largest adobe structure. This is in fact a huge fortress of which the Citadel is only a part. But, the entire structure is called Bam Citadel.
Bam Citadel is a magnificent mud brick structure, large portions of which were sadly destroyed in a massive earthquake in 2003. The Citadel has been reconstructed as an exact replica and houses a bazzar, tekkiye religious venue, stables, barracks, two mosques, a shrine, the “King’s seat”, and houses for the elite.
The gardens of Kerman
Shazdeh Mahan Gardens is a Persian style garden and a Unesco registered site. It is located at a distance of two kilometers from the city of Mahan and belongs to the Qajar era. It was built based on the design of Fathabad Gardens.
Fathabad Gardens is left behind by Fazlali Khan Beglarbegui, one of Kerman’s governors. The Gardens were the governor’s seat. An aqueduct crosses the middle of the Gardens and its four-seasons buildings, central building, and fort and tower have all turned this into a pleasant recreational area.
Kerman’s only stone structure is called Jabaleh Dome, which has remained behind from the Sassanid era.
Ganjali Khan Complex
Ganjali Khan Complex in Kerman is comprised of different buildings from the Safavid era. The complex was commissioned by Ganjali Khan, a governor under the rule of Shah Abbas of Safavid, and was registered as a national heritage in 1968. The complex includes public paths, a bazaar, and the Ganjali Khan Square.