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Zinjan

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Zanjan is a City & Province NW Iran.Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in northwestern Iran. It is an Azeri inhabited city. It is located 298 km north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km south of the Caspian Sea. Zanjan is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as sharp knives, traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh. Malileh is a handcraft made with silver wires. Carpet weaving is one of most popular handcraft in Zanjan.Hamdollah Mostofi, the Iranian traveler and historian, in his book claims that Zanjan was built by Ardeshir 1st of Sassanid Empire and named it Shahin. One important moment in the history of the city was in 1851 when the city became the center of Bahais along with Neyriz and other cities. The forces of the central government captured the Bahai fort in Zanjan after a long siege by the order of Grand Vizier Amirkabir and executed some of Bab followers.Soltaniyeh Mosque is the major tourist attraction in Zanjan. (Wikipedia) - Zanjan

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Map of Zanjan drawn by Ottoman historian Matrakchi Nasuh. In his book he illustrated first Iran-Iraq campaign in 1534-35. Besides illustrating the march of the Ottoman army from Istanbul to Baghdad and then Tabriz and its return via Halab and Eskisehir,
Rakhtshooykhaneh Laundry House Zanjan
The three Dashkesin Caves are located 10 km SW Soltaniyeh Abhar/Zanjan. First used for Mithraism ceremonies, Oljaitu had brought Chinese artists to curve dragons on the rocks.
Image of Dragons from Chinese culture curved on the entrance at Dashkesin Caves Zanjan Abhar
Pir Ahmad Zahrnoush Mausoleum Abhar dates back to around 1180 AD (Ilkhanates) Legend goes that Pir Ahmad was a Sufi who used to drink poison before starting to do Sama (a mixture of pray and dance)
The Mausoleum belongs to Qeidar Nabi, son of Ismail, son of Abraham from Jewish prophets located in Abhar/Zanjan. Built in 1319, the Dome was added in 1350 AD. During Safavi and Qajar era decorations were added.

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