The city of Ahar, as the center of the Arasbārān area, is located north of the city of Tabriz (eastern Azerbāijān region). In the mountains around it are visible traces of the pre-Islamic period and many testimonies of the Sassanid era.
From the second century of the Hegira to the 222, Ahar was part of the territory dominated by Bābak Khorramdin. At the end of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries of the lunar Hegira this city was the capital of the Pishkin dynasty.
Ahar is also known as the summer residence of the Mongols and in the Safavid era due to the presence in this city of the temple of Shaykh Shahāb Ol-Din, it was one of the important cities of the empire.
This ancient city with a luxuriant nature, considered the most populated in the Arasbārān area, is situated in a mountainous area and is surrounded by mountains with a pointed top and rivers.
Among the tourist attractions of this area we can mention the following:
the mausoleum of the Sheikh Shahāb Ol-Din Ahari and the Sufism museum, the Jāme'h mosque, the Sheikh Emād mosque and the Imāmzādeh Seyed Ali Sabat, the Andāb fortress, the caravanserai Shāh Abbāsi Guije Be'el, the ancient bazaar covered, at the Se Dekānha bazaar (Ouch-e Dukānlār), the Abu Eshaq mosque, the Fandoglu forest, the home of Dr. Qāsem Khān Ahari, the municipal palace, the ancient village of Ablalu and its cemetery, the Bashir Āmar house, at the 'Atāi house, at the Yusef Lu, Dibsiz and Quch Gulu ponds, at the Emād Ol-Din mosque, at the village of Sidlar etc.
Among the most important handicraft objects in the city of Ahar we can remember the "Governments”(A type of woolen rug), carpets, kilims, rugs and woolen socks.