(Persia Digest) – Vartoun Spa is a stone structure housing hot springs, baths, and spa pools. The historic stone building is named “Hoz Morad” [Morad pools].

Vartoun Spa is at a distance of 13kms from Vartoun village in Isfahan’s Kouhpayeh foothills. The spring water is chlorinated and rich in sulfate, iron, and sodium. It is beneficial for treating neuropathic pain, rheumatism, and skin diseases.

Isfahan was the Safavid capital of Iran. As such, due to the proximity of Vartoun springs to Isfahan, this became a favorite spot of the kings and court. Shah Abbas erected buildings for use at the springs of which only Hoz Morad remains. This is a stone building of which the middle section is a quadrangle with not too high a dome. The spring water is collected in a stone pool in this section surrounded by platforms. The Hoz Morad space is very similar to furnace houses of Safavid bathhouses.

Photos: Zahra Baghban

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