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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Seventy Two - 19 April 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Seventy Two - 19 April 2023 - Page 4

Anyone can find a place in Bijar to visit and enjoy

The city of Bijar, in the western province of Kurdestan, is the second highest-elevation city in Iran, after Shahrekord in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province.
Bijar is in the eastern part of Kurdestan Province, bordering Zanjan and Hamedan provinces, 145 kilometers from the provincial capital city of Sanandaj, according to IRNA.
Regarding the abundance of historical, natural and tourist attractions in Bijar, anyone can find a place in it to visit and enjoy.
Qamchoqai Castle
Qamchoqai Castle, in a village with the same name, dates back to 3,000 BCE. It has been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.
One of Iran’s oldest inscriptions, which, according to archaeologists, are written in hieroglyphic script, was found in this castle.
The walls of the castle are 200 meters high, and only a narrow passage connects the building to the outside, through which only one person can hardly pass.
Having great historical significance, the monument was used by various tribes throughout history.
Built in an area of 5,000 square meters, the castle has numerous water tanks. It did not need defensive fortifications because it overlooked a deep valley with steep sides.
Traditional bazaar
Bijar’s traditional bazaar, located in the center of the city, is the only part that remains of the city’s old section. It includes a timcheh (a roofed and commercial space in a bazaar, dedicated to a single type of business), and a sara (a section that functioned as a caravanserai).
Sixteen shops of the timcheh have kept their old architectural style, while the others have been renovated.
Garous Garden
Dating back to the Safavid period (1501-1736 CE), Garous Garden is situated in the southern part of Bijar. It has a two-storey mansion, as well as several fountains and marble statues. The mansion is surrounded by a number of beautiful fir trees.
Salavatabad Bridge
Salavatabad Bridge, located next to a village with the same name, is 110 meters long. Made of stones and bricks, the bridge has been built over Qezel Ozan River, 15 kilometers from the Bijar-Takab Road. There is no information about the exact date of its construction, but available evidence shows that the bridge was constructed based on the Safavid architectural style. The bridge has been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.
Tomb of Imamzadeh
Hamzeh Arab
The tomb of Imamzadeh Hamzeh Arab is among the famous historical and religious sites of Bijar, which has been renovated with the help of charitable people. It is 10 kilometers from eastern Bijar, on a high mountain with the same name.
The building over the tomb has a small room used as a resting place by pilgrims, and a main room with a domed ceiling.
Tomb of Imamzadeh Aqil
Imamzadeh Aqil Tomb, which is among the oldest remains of Kurdestan architectural structures, dates back to the early Islamic era. Decorated with brickworks, the monument has been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List. Regarding its architectural style, the construction of the monument has been attributed to the Seljuq period.
Khosro-abad Mosque
Khosro-abad Mosque is a historical structure dating back to the Zand period (1751-1779 CE). Located 45 kilometers from Bijar, the mosque has small domes and no minaret. It has a summer section, a south portico, and some rooms for students and servants to rest.
Nesar Ski Resort
Nesar Ski Resort, extending in an area of 112 hectares, is among the main resorts of Kurdestan Province, located on the slopes of Nesar Mountain. It has one of the best grass ski runs of the country, which is 330 meters long, for those who love skiing in the summer.
The highest point of the resort is 2,300 meters above sea level.


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