Qazvin region | ♦ Capital: Qazvin | ♦ Size: 15 491 km² | ♦ Population: 21 127 734
History and CultureAttractionsSuovenir and craftsmanshipWhere to eat and sleep
The region of Qazvin is located northwest of Iran and from the geographical point of view represents a bridge that connects the capital to the northern and western parts of the country. Over the last fifty years this region has become an important pole of development of the nation. The regional capital is the city of Qazvin and the other main population centers are: Abyek, Buin Zahra and Takestan.
The climate of the Qazvin region is cold in the northern part, while it is temperate in the southern areas. In the northern territories there is a cold winter season with heavy snowfalls and a temperate summer season, whereas the southern plains have relatively cold winters and warm summers.
History and Culture
The history of the Qazvin region is linked to the era of the Medes, but excavations carried out in the plains of this area reveal that among the oldest works on the Tepe Zaghe site, near the village of Sagaz Abad, artifacts belonging to the seventh millennium have been found b. C. In ancient times, the territory of Kaspin was already prosperous and densely inhabited, however, during the Sasanian period, this region became even more prosperous and thanks to the foundation of the city of Shar-e Shapuri, also called Shad Shapur, it assumed its own characteristics. These environmental peculiarities have ensured that this region welcomed soldiers and warriors, acquiring castles, towers, ramparts and fortifications. In the Islamic era, that is to say from the year 24 of the lunar hegira onwards, the area of Qazvin had a rapid development and for a short period it was called 'the door of paradise'. The city of Qazvin was the capital of the calligraphic art of Iran and, to the credit of its great calligraphers of the past, it is still considered one of the major centers of calligraphy in the country and even in the world.
Other tourist destinations in this region include the following: the hot spring of Yale Gonbad, the hot water source of Kharaqan, the Angul Glacier, the southern slopes of Mount Siyalan, the Andaj Rud Valley, the Cave of Soltan Bagh, Cave of Aq Baba, Cave of Chehel Dokhtar and Lake of Avan.
Suovenir and craftsmanship
The main handicrafts and souvenirs typical of this region are: different types of boxes with mirrors, traditional embroidered fabrics, traditional hand-embroidered slippers, rugs, kilims, jajim, ceramic plates, paintings and calligraphy on various materials and the traditional Baqlava sweet.
Traditional dishes from the Qazvin region include the following: Qeyme Nesar, Shirin Polo and Kuku-ye Shirin, Deymaj, Ash-e Dugh, Ash-and Dandan Keshe, Yatimche, Mash Piyaz and Eshkane.