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The red clay village Abyaneh and Kashan

There are many old historical mountain villages in Iran, where the clock seem to tick slower then in the bigger cities. We decided to visit one of them, Abyaneh, often referred to as the Red Village for its red mud brick houses and the surrounding mountain terrain (bearing the same colour due to iron oxides). The houses are arranged like steps up the hillside, so the roofs of some houses are the front yards of the next one up. Abyaneh is at least 1500 years old (dating back to the Sassanid era), originating from the time of the Arab invasion, when many of the Zoroastrian followers fled to the mountains and deserts to escape forced conversion to Islam. Because of their isolation, the villagers speak a dialect of their own, which is though to predate modern Persian or Farsi, with less Arabic influence. To reach the village we decided to hitch a ride from Esfahan. Without effort we managed to reach the nearmost town, Natanz, famously known for its heavily guarded “secret” nuclear facilities. This is the main reason for the present sanctions of the United Nations against Iran, keeping it economically imprisoned. After some online research you will find […]

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