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Trip to the East of Persia

Tehran Airport
Tehran Airport
Tehran Airport
Over Tehran
Over Tehran
Over Tehran
Over desert
Over Yazd
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Rafsanjan -Qasmabad Village
Main gate of old city
a sport center
Our hotel
rafsanjan museum
My room
Hotel's room
Rafsanjan Hotel
Kerman is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the south-east of the country. Its center is Kerman. The province of Kerman is the second largest in Iran, 181,714 km². The population of the province is about 2 million. The main townships of Kerman province are: Baft, Bardseer, Bam, Jiroft, Rafsanjan, Zarand, Sirjan, Shahr-e-Babak, Kerman, Mahan and Kahnooj.
In the year 1996, 52.9% of Kerman's population lived in urban areas, and 46% in the rural vicinities, the remaining 1.1% accounted as non residents. The city of Kerman (population: 400,000) embraces about 80% of the urban population, being the most developed and largest cities of the province.

History and culture

13th century tomb of a Persian Poet, Mahan, Kerman province.Kerman is as old as history; - Kerman province is considered a paradise for palaeontologists given the abundance of vertebrate fossils from different geological eras.
Fossils which have already been identified are Placodermi (jawed and jawless armoured fish dating back to Devonian era or first geological era (395 to 365 million years ago).
Dinosaurs and their traces dating back to the Jurassic era (195 to 65 million years ago) and fossils of mammals from the Third Geological Era (ranging from two to seven million years ago).
The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BC.
This vicinity can be considered as one of the ancient regions of Iran, and with the passage of time, valuable historical vestiges have in turn amassed here. Jiroft is an example, where a previously unknown settlement dating back to around 2500BC has just been established by archeologists.
Historical documents refer to Kerman as "Karmania," "Kermania", "Germania" and "Žermanya," which means bravery and combat. Geographers have recorded Kerman's ancient name as "Go'asheer" (Bardesheer).
Suffice to say that Kerman is well in abundance of historical sites and landmarks, 283 in total, according to Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.

Kerman today

Kerman is a province rich in historical sites and monuments.Kerman is prone to natural disasters. A recent flood for example, un-earthed the archeological ancient city of Jiroft, located south of Kerman province. Arg-é Bam on the other hand, the world's largest adobe structure, was destroyed in an earthquake in december 2003. And on February 22, 2005, a major earthquake killed hundreds of residents in the town of Zarand and several nearby villages in north Kerman. For more information, please see 2005 Zarand earthquake.
In regard to natural attractions, this region has sites such as thermal and mineral springs, recreational areas, verdant spaces, altitudes and peaks, lakes, pools, protected areas and the special desert features for adventure seekers. Especially if coupled with tourism. Where else can one find ancient abandoned citadels such as Arg-é Bam or Rayen castle preserved two thousand years in a desert?
Kerman is where a large portion of Iran's auto industry is based. Sirjan, a specially designated economic zone, is considered a passage-way for transfer of imported commercial goods from the south (through the Persian Gulf). Arg e Jadid, is another specially designated economic zone of Iran, located in Kerman province
Rafsanjan (Persian: رفسنجان) is a city in Iran, in the province of Kerman.
It is Iran's center of pistachio cultivation. It had an estimated population of 134,848 in 2005.[1]
Rafsanjan is also a major center of carpet production even though the rugs are sold as Kermani rugs rather than Rafsanjani ones. Another large employer are the nearby Sar Cheshmeh copper mines.
Former President of Iran Hashemi Rafsanjani was born in Rafsanjan.

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