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Kish,The ancient parts of Island

Traditional Water Reservoirs
Traditional Water Reservoirs
Traditional Water Reservoirs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Green Tree
 
 
 
 
 
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
The Ancient Town of Harireh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Safin village
Safin village
Safin village
 
Natives of Kish Island
 
 
 
 
Arab's Bazaar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jinni castle
 
 
 
the Greek Ship
 
 
 
 
Kish has a long history of about 3,000 years, being called under various names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss in the course of time. In 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned Niarkus to set off an expedition voyage into the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Niarkus's writings indicate that he visited Araracta in the 4th century BC.
His descriptions of Araracta precisely match with the characteristics of Kish.

Traditional Water Reservoirs

Drinking water in Kish is somehow limited. That is why, since ancient times, the indigenous people resorted to different methods of supplying their drinking water. The remnants of some of them attest to this fact.
As in many other areas of the country where water is scarce, the past inhabitants of Kish used a special type of water reservoir to collect rainwater. These reservoirs were dug at the end of natural basins deep in the ground.
With the innovation of desalination technology traditional water reservoirs became obsolete. But, what remains of them is a sight to visit for tourists. The architecture of these structures is unique and very interesting.
To collect surface waters, two such reservoirs were built in the Portuguese Valley in 1992. The water collected is being used to irrigate the parks and green areas.
An ancient water reservoir is Payab. It has been restored and is now one of the attractions of the island. Payab is over 2,000 years old. Once it was renovated, the floor was carpeted with corals. A teahouse has also been provided to serve refreshments to visitors. In Persian, Payab means bottom of the sea.

The Ancient Town of Harireh

For those who are interested in the history of Iran in general, and in the history of Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf in particular, a visit to the ancient town of Harireh is a must. Harireh is most probably the town that the renowned Iranian poet, Sa'adi, has referred to in his book 'The Rose Garden'. There are references in the works of Iranian and Arab historians to the location of the town on the island. These say that the town was situated in the middle of the northern part, precisely where the ruins are standing today.
A tour of Harireh can give the visitor a chance at imagining the ancient times of Iran. Then a short stroll over to Derakht-e-Sabz (Green Tree) Park will provide a chance at relaxation in the tranquil atmosphere.
Sunset by the Greek Ship
A Greek steamship named KOULA F was stranded on the 25th of July 1966 and since then lies silently in the western extremity of Kish. Watching the sunset behind the Greek ship is an unforgettable & everlasting memory

Green Tree Complex

Banyan is a large tree growing on Kish Island and is characterized by a big crest, roots hanging from the trunk and large oval leaves. The most famous banyan tree is in the northern side of the lsland which is 600 years old. There is a magnificent complex named Derakht-e Sabz (meaning the ever green tree) around it. Tourists enjoy visiting the site and have a nice time

Kish has 7 mosques and hoseimiehs. Amir mosque, Khatam -Al-Anbia mosque and Noor mosque can be mentioned as the biggest mosques of Kish. Amir mosque is one of the ancient monuments of Kish that has been maintenanced beautifully by Cultural heritage Organization cooperation and by keeping the native architecture main elements , they has tried to maintenance this mosque which is in the back of Kish free zone office building in the early 1370.
Khatam- Al- Anbia mosque is one of the most magnificent religious monuments and east to the beach that the high minarets of it give very beautiful and spectacular view to the beach. This mosque is situated in Seffin quarter and Kish Friday pray is hold there.
Noor mosque is one of the biggest mosque of Kish natives that has a very special architecture and Friday and Sunnites pray is hold in this mosque and unique star of this




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