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Moaven Olmolk mourning place .Kermanshah

Again this boy....
Not a luxury room BUT it was clean
Kermanshah at night
Kermanshah at night
The capital of Kermanshahan Province, in an altitude of 1, 630 m above sea level, Kermanshah is 525 km to the southwest of Tehran. It can be reached either by air or via Hamadan (190 km), partly on a highway and partly on a first class national asphalt road.
Being a populous city of 631,199 inhabitants, mainly Kurds, Kermanshah stands, like Hamadan, on the great highway that connected Baghdad and the West with Iranian Plateau. The town’s situation is highly picturesque, and it is one of the liveliest market centers of the province, where you will meet a large number of Kurds and mountain peasants once famous as warriors. These Kurds still speak their own language among themselves and remain faithful to their testamentary traditions: the men wear large turbans on their heads and black dungarees tight at the waist and at the ankles. The women wear trousers and bright-coloured scarves and sometimes brocade bodices, but they are mostly changing into urban type of dress, particularly in towns.
First built on a site a few km from the present town, it probably dates from the 4th century AD. Its vulnerable position has always rendered it liable to incursions, and it was in turn captured by the Arabs in 649 AD, the Buyids in the 10th century, soon after by the Seljuks, and then sacked by Mongols in the early 13th century. After several centuries of relative peace and prosperity, its strategic position on the road to Baghdad brought trouble in the form of very heavy Iraqi missile and bomb attacks during the Iraqi war against Iran.
Modern Kermanshah is an important agricultural and a burgeoning industrial center. In the surrounding country fruit of many kinds is grown; another local product is sugar-beet. Carpet-weaving and manufacture of givehs (canvas covered shoes like the Spanish alpargata in appearance) have long been carried on in the town. Since the construction of an oil refinery on the banks of Qara Su River in 1935, motor spirit and other petroleum products have been processed there for consumption in northern and north-western Iran.
However, the present Kermanshah does not seem to be of any great interest, especially for a foreign visitor. And although it is not, relatively speaking, an old town, there are some very ancient remains in its neighborhood, which suffice to attract the attention of the interested tourist. It has a beautiful setting, framed by permanently snow-clad mountains. Kermanshah is best avoided in winter, but the climate is very pleasant for most of the rest of the year.
Kermanshah Museum
Kermanshah Museum is located in Dr Shari’ati Avenue, Shahid Haddad-e Adel Street, in a famous building called Takyeh Mo’aven ol-Molk (locally known as Hosseinieh), which is one of the historical monuments from the Qajar period. Built in 1890 AD, it was finally handed over to the former Ministry of Culture and Art by Mo’aven ol-Molk family. The building consists of the following three sections: A) Hosseinieh; B) Zeinabieh; and C) Abbasieh. The latter section with its beautiful painted walls, is built in two floors, of which the second floor is allocated to the exhibit of ethnological articles. The first floor is planned to be allocated to the display of archaeological exhibits in future. For centuries, the building acted as a popular court with religious significance. Parts of the building that have been damaged during the Constitutional Revolution were repaired and renovated in 1912-13 by Mo’aven ol-Molk, the last private owner of the building.

That day The museum was closed

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