Gazvin city is located 160 kilometers away from the Iranian capital Tehran. It’s climate is cold but dry, due to its position south of the rugged Alborz range called KTS Atabakiya. Ghazvin is one of the beautiful cities of Iran and many people compare the city to Isfahan . At the 2011 census, its population was 381,598.The city has a lot to offer specially to tourists and travelers from historical buildings , Caravanserai and traditional bazar to quizzing souvenirs and of course natural beauties. Ghazvin is an ancient city located in northwest of Tehran which the Safavid Dynasty ruled over Persia for about 300 years. During their reign, the capital of Persia went from Tabriz to Qazvin and later on to Isfahan. From the time the Safavid Dynasty governed Persia from Qazvin in the 16th century lots of memories are still in place contains over 2000 architectural and archaeological sites. It is a provincial capital today that has been a cultural center throughout history and More than anything else Qazvin city presents itself with a special vibrancy ,Its people, its architecture, its shops and vine trees hanging from walls in old neighborhoods have each turned into symbols of the city. Archeological findings in the Qazvin plain reveal urban agricultural settlements for at least nine millennia. Qazvin geographically connects Tehran, Isfahan, and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian seacoast and Asia Minor, hence its strategic location throughout the ages. if you ever travel to the city historical and cultural places that you would be definitely advised to visit would be the Darb- E- Kooshk ,Al-Nabi Mosque , Sad Al Saltane ,Jame Mosque and Alamoot Castle.
Darb-E-Kooshk : The best advice for history and cultural trip seekers that we recommend would be One of the oldest gates of Qazvin, which runs to Alamut, Rudbar and Kooshk and the hunting grounds of the north of Qazvin, has an entrance with arches, klayls and semicircles.The tile in the building was carried out during the reign of Mir-Mohammad Hussein Azaedolmolk Qazvini during the Qajar period.
Al-Nabi Mosque: Another suggestion for your cultural trip is Al-Nabi Mosque or Shah Mosque is known as Soltani mosque in Qazvin. The mosque, which has an area of 14,000 square meters, has inscriptions that have been recorded in the Fath Ali Shah Qajar Bani Mosque. But there is evidence of the presence of a mosque during the Safavid era, and the architect was named a person named Master Mirza Shirazi, and the year of construction was 1166 AH. The dome of the mosque is two shells, and the courtyard of the mosque is four ivans. This mosque, like the Qazvin mosque, has a nave. This place is the gathering place for worshipers every Friday in Qazvin for congregational prayers.
Sad Al Saltane caravanserai : The largest indoor Carvanserai and most historical ,cultural destination for travelers and tourists is Sa’d al-Saltanah’s caravanserai which used to be the Center of the Urban Trade Center was built in an area of more than 2.6 hectares at the end of the reign of Nasser-al-Din Shah Qajar on the orders of Saad al-Saltanah, the Qajar Qajar ruler.
Jame Mosque: This beautiful Qazvin’s mosque or Atiq Jami Mosque or Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Iran and the oldest Iranian mosque that any tourist would love to see . Its first building was built on fireworks from the Sassanian era. The fire temple was in the south part of the porch. The mosque is four-door style and is located in the city of Qazvin. It was built in 192 AH on the command of Haroon-Rasheed. In the Mogul attack on Qazvin and since it was the most important mosque in the city, part of it (including the south porch) was destroyed, but restored in the following periods.
Alamoot Castle: Visitors from all over the world who aim to study history and culture in Asia attend to Alamut castle which was a mountain fortress located in Alamut region in the South Caspian province of Daylam near the Rudbar region in Persia (Iran), approximately 100 km (60 mi) from present-day Tehran. Between 1090 and 1256 AD, under the leadership of Hasan-i Sabbah, Alamut became the site of intense activity for the Shi’a Nizari Ismai’lis, functioning as the headquarters of their state, which consisted of a series of unconnected strategic strongholds scattered throughout Persia and Syria, surrounded by huge swathes of hostile territory (the Seljuq Empire). In 1256, Ruknu-d-Dīn Khurshāh surrendered the fortress to the invading Mongols, and its famous library holdings were destroyed. Sources on the history and thought of the Ismailis in this period are therefore lacking and the majority extant are written by their detractors. After the Mongol destruction, the castle was of only regional significance, passing through the hands of various local powers. Today, it lies in ruins, but because of its historical significance, it is being developed by the Iranian government as a tourist destination.