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Hamadan (Iran)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
216 ml from Teheran by bus
When to go
April-May or September-October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Hamadan

Fabien Dany Seasoned Traveller
9 written opinions

Hamadan is a city that has been occupied since the second millennium BC at least and was an ancient capital that went by the name of Ecbatana. It houses several historic sites and will serve as a junction for those who want to get to know the western part of the country.

My suggestion:
To visit Ganj Nameh, if you are not afraid of weekend crowds, take along a picnic and settle down in the midst of the Iranian families in the adjoining park, close to the waterfall.
My review

Hamadan has a good number of historic sites that span several thousand years of Iranian history . The rock inscription of Ganj Nameh, etched on the side of Mount Alvand outside the city, just like the ruins of Ecbatana, bear witness to its ancient origins. As for the tomb of Esther and Mordechai, it bears witness to the history of the Jews in Iran, one that goes as far back as earliest antiquity. Lastly, the tomb of Avicenna pays homage to the scholar of medieval times, well-versed in philosophy and astronomy and whose treatise on medicine would be used in Europe until the 17th century.

To escape the sun or the wind which can be rife, I enjoyed going on an excursion to the Ali Sadr cave , 2 h away by road and whose underground lake can be visited by pedal boat.

For those who want to visit Western Iran , the city is a crossroads between Teheran, Mount Zagros, Kurdistan and Iranian Azerbaijan.

Esther and Mordechai's tomb
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