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|Ganj Ali Khan ancient square|
|Nickname(s): ديار كريمان' (Persian for "Land of Karimans"), The City Of Stars , Heart Of The World|
|Coordinates: 30°17′N 57°05′E / 30.283°N 57.083°E / 30.283; 57.083Coordinates: 30°17′N 57°05′E / 30.283°N 57.083°E / 30.283; 57.083|
|c. 3rd century A.D|
|161 km2 (62.16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,755 m (5,758 ft)|
|• Density||6,523.4/km2 (16,896/sq mi)|
Kerman ( pronunciation (help·info)) (Persian: كرمان, also Romanized as Kermān and Kirman; also known as Carmania) is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2011 census, its population was 621,374, in 171,389 households, making it the 12th most populous city of Iran. It is the largest and most developed city in the Kerman Province and the most important city in South-East Iran. It is one of the largest cities of Iran in terms of area. Kerman is famous for its long history and strong cultural heritage. The city is home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. Kerman is also on the list of the recent world's 1000 cleanest cities. Kerman is also a former capital of Iran, a position that it held suring during several periods. It is located on a large, flat plain, 1,036 km (643 mi) south of Tehran, the capital of Iran.
Kerman was founded as a defensive outpost, with the name Behdesīr, by Ardeshir I, founder of the Sassanid Empire, in the 3rd century AD. After the Battle of Nahāvand in 642, the city came under Muslim rule. At first the city's isolation allowed Kharijites and Zoroastrians to thrive there, but the Kharijites were wiped out in 698, and the population was mostly Muslim by 725. Already in the eighth century the city was famous for its manufacture of cashmere wool shawls and other textiles. The Abbasid Caliphate's authority over the region was weak, and power passed in the tenth century to the Buyid dynasty, which maintained control even when the region and city fell to Mahmud of Ghazna in the late tenth century. The name Kerman was adopted at some point in the tenth century.The Masjid gate through which Agha Mohammad Khan entered the city.
Kerman was under the Seljuk Turks in the 11th and 12th centuries, but remained virtually independent, conquering Oman and Fars. When Marco Polo visited the city in 1271 it had become a major trade emporium linking the Persian Gulf with Khorasan and Central Asia. Subsequently, however, the city was sacked many times by various invaders. Kerman expanded rapidly during the Safavid Dynasty. Carpets and rugs were exported to England and Germany during this period.
In 1793 Lotf Ali Khan defeated the Qajars and in 1794 captured Kerman. But soon, he was besieged in Kerman for six months by Agha Mohammad Khan. When the city fell to Agha Mohammad Khan, angered by the popular support that Lotf Ali Khan had received, all the male inhabitants were killed or blinded, and a pile was made out of 20,000 detached eyeballs and poured in front of the victorious Agha Muhammad Khan. The women and children were sold into slavery, and the city was destroyed over ninety days.
The present city of Kerman was rebuilt in the 19th century to the northwest of the old city, but the city did not recover to its former size until the 20th century.Sassanid era horse head Found in Kerman
Because of its importance Kerman had been raised as the capital of Iran in some periods of time . After changes to the Province of Khorasan, Kerman is now the biggest Province of Iran and Kerman City is the capital city of this province.Geography
Kerman is located on a high margin of Kavir-e Lut (Lut Desert) in the central south of Iran. The city is surrounded by mountains. Kerman is also located along the Saheb Al Zman mountain . Winter has very cold nights in Kerman. Mountains in the South and South East Jftan Joopar and Plvar and Kerman have snow all year round. Kerman is located at latitude 30.29 and longitude 57.06 .Climate
The city's many districts are surrounded by mountains which bring variety to Kerman's year round weather pattern, thus the northern part of the city is located in an arid desert area, while the highland of the southern part of the city enjoys a more moderate climate. The mean elevation of the city is about 1755 m above sea level.
Kerman city has a moderate climate and the average annual rainfall is 135 mm. Because it is located close to the Kavir-e lut, Kerman has hot summers and in the spring it often has violent sand storms. Otherwise, its climate is relatively cool.
For the Iranian paleontologists, Kerman has always been considered a fossil paradise. Finding new dinosaur footprints in 2005 has now revealed new hopes for paleontologists to better understand the history of this area.Economy
The economy of Kerman is mostly based on farming, notably nut farming and also mining. Sarchashmeh Copper mine is the second biggest copper mine in the world after the one located in Chile. Pistachio is an important source of economy in Kerman, with Kerman Province being the biggest producer of pistachio in Iran and all over the world.Kerman's carpet
Carpet weaving is one of the main industries of the city, and the carpets produced there are renowned internationally. Carpet weaving is a very old tradition in Kerman. The oldest carpet discovered in Kerman, dates from about 500 years ago, which proves the precedence of weaving in this city. Among the most famous Kerman carpet producers of the 19th & 20th centuries include Costigian, Ghastili and Dilmaghani, the latter still in operation & considered an important connection of 19th and 20th century production of carpets in Kerman. Cotton textiles and goats-wool shawls are also manufactured.
A number of modern establishments such as textile mills and brickworks also have been constructed. The province's mineral wealth includes copper and coal.Culture
Kerman is among several cites in Iran with a strong cultural heritage, which is expressed in the local accent, poetry, local music, handicrafts and customs that Kerman has introduced to the world of culture.
The only anthropology museum of Zoroastrians in the world, which showcases the ancient history of Zoroastrians, is in Kerman’s Fire Temple. The idea of launching the museum along with the library of Kerman’s Zoroastrian Society came to light in 1983, when the head of the society, Parviz Vakhashouri, and the former head of library collected cultural heritage artifacts of Kerman’s Zoroastrian community. These two officials added many other objects to this collection.
The museum was officially inaugurated during Jashn-e Tirgan in 2005 by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO). Jashn-e Tirgan or Tiregan is an ancient Iranian rain festival observed on July 1. The festivity refers to archangel Tir (literally meaning arrow) or Tishtar (lightning) who appear in the sky to generate thunder and lightning for providing the much needed rain.
Most of the population of Kerman are Persians and Shi'a Muslims. But Kerman also has a small but culturally significant Zoroastrian minority. Balochis living in Kerman as the second largest ethnicity and are predominantly Sunni.
The population of the city in 1996 was 385,000 and in 2006 was 515,414 and the current population is 621,374:including 312,873 male and 308,501 female.Government
Politics in Kerman are influenced by the former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his brother and Vice President Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hossein Marashi, both from the nearby Rafsanjan. Mohammad Javad Bahonar was born in Kerman, He was an Iranian scholar, Shiite theologian and politician who served as the Prime minister of Iran from 15 to 30 August 1981 when he was assassinated by Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK).Colleges and universities
Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman is one of Iran's leading technological institutions.
The city is home to many athletic teams in different fields. Sanat Mes Kerman FC is the major Soccer team of the city.They were promoted to Iran's top league, the IPL, in the 2005-06 season. The team is named after and sponsored by Kerman's copper industries.This team have a history participating in the AFC Champions League.Also many famous soccer players are born in Kerman.
Mes handball team is present in the top league league . MES cycling team is present in the top league of cycling in the country . MES chess team is present in the first league of the country .Kerman sport venues
Kerman is the media center of the Kerman Province There are many newspapers that are published in the city,such as Kerman Emruz(Kerman Today),Bidari, and Hadis.Pasargad is also a weekly newspaper. Kerman has an 24hr active TV channel known as Kerman channel or The 5th channel. The city has also an active radio station.Transportation
Kerman is on the Tehran, Bandar Abbas and Zahedan route. Kerman Airport is counted as one of the main airports which has daily and weekly flights to Tehran, Ahwaz, Yazd, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas, Mashhad and Shiraz. Also the Trans-Iranian Railway passes through this city.Mahan Air Airlines
International company Mahan Air was established in Kerman and has its headquarters there . Kerman’s flights to the remotest parts of Iran and the world is doing by Mahan Air . This company was established in 1992 in Kerman, it has the highest reputation of quality among Iranians Airlines and is now in the list of the great airline companies in the region.Boeing 747-400 of Iranian Mahan Air Metro
Kerman's Metro that have already been approved by the government cabinet is meant to cover large parts of the metropolitan area in Kerman. The project's operations will begin soon. line one will be from Kerman International Airport to Pardisan forest . The second line will be from Fajr bridge to Velayat bridge.Health
Kerman is one of the leading cities within Iran in the field of health and many people from neighboring provinces such as Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan visit the city for medical care. Kerman is in the list of recent world record of 1000 clean cities of world.
the city has several hospitals.The well known ones are Afzali pour hospital, Doctor Bahonar hospital, Raziye Firoz Hospital.Cityscape Famous people from Kerman