Kashan is a city in and the capital of Kashan County, in the province of Isfahan, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 248,789, in 67,464 families. The etymology of the city name comes from the Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this was changed to "Kashian", hence the town name. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries Kashan was an important centre for the production of high quality pottery and tiles. In modern Persian, the word for a tile (kashi) comes from the name of the town. Kashan is cited in the neighbourhood of two of highest peaks of Karkas chain, Mount Gargash to the southwest of Kashan (the home of Iran national observatory, the largest astronomical telescope of Iran) and Mount Ardehaal in the west of Kashan, also known as "Damavand of Kashan" and the highest peak of Ardehaal mountains (end part of Karkas chain in central Iran).
Most highlighted attractions in Kashan
The Abbasi House is a large traditional historical house located in Kashan, Isfahan Province, Iran. Built during the late 18th century, the house is a beautiful example of Kashan's residential architecture. Other such notable houses, such as the Tab?tab?ei House, are located nearby. Said to have been the property of a famous cleric, the Abb?si house has six courtyards that would fit the needs of different families. One of the chambers has a ceiling designed with mirror pieces so as to give the impression of a starry sky under the nocturnal glitter of candlelight. Secret passageways were also built into the house, perhaps designed for the escape in times of invasion and emergencies. The house is now a museum, and is protected by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.
Kashan is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities of Iran which hosts thousands of tourists each year. Kashan has a wide range of delicious edible souvenirs so it’s better to divide it’s souvenirs into two categories: edible souvenirs and handicrafts. Rosewater and Herbal Essences, Baklava, Haji Badam, Traditional Kashan cookies and Kashan cotton candy are among the most popular edible souvenirs of Kashan. We can also mention Carpets and rugs, Sher Bafi, Pottery and Giveh as the most highlighted handicrafts of Kashan.