Iran is one of the few counties in the world that is home to historical and traditional villages, villages that charm you in ways you never thought possible. These are not your standard villages, but places that have historic significance and are gorgeous beyond measure. Dating back to hundreds if not thousands of years these villages are a rare blend between antiquity and natural beauty. To help you get started we have listed down the top historical and traditional villages in Iran.

1- Masuleh

Masuleh Village
Masuleh Village

Home to some of the most stunning landscapes, Masuleh is more than one thousand years old. An ancient village that is located about 6km from the Northwest of Masuleh, a place where you will find architecture and nature flourishing together. What makes the village a remarkable place is its rooftop courtyards, gardens, narrow alleys, linked terraces, and a shared space setting.

2- Kharanaq or Kharangh

Kharanaq-village, Yazd-Iran
Kharanaq-village, Yazd-Iran

Located about 80km from Yazd the is an ancient village that dates back to 4500 years. Making it one of the most important heritage sites in Iran. The oldest document mentioning the village dates back to the 1930s, which was during the last Sassanid king. The document states how Kharanagh was thriving with merchants and travelers and is a true birthplace of the sun. Today the village consists of two sections, one is the old village and the other the new village. The old village is also known as Kharanagh Castle and has been empty for the last three decades. A spectacular building that showcases 1800-year-old structures. While the new section is home to minimal villagers who are enjoying a simple life.

3- Abyaneh

Abyaneh

Somewhere in the middle of Tehran and Kashan, you will find a gorgeous village called Abyaneh. Commonly referred to as the red village of Iran, the place is a staggering site that offers 1500-year-old antiquity. The old buildings in the village were built by the Sassanids, Seljuks, Qajar, and Safavids. All of which are made using red clay and bricks. Topped with wooden windows and doors.

4- Kandovan

Kandovan Rocky Village, Tabriz Iran - Exotigo
Kandovan Rocky Village, Tabriz Iran – Exotigo

One of the four rocky villages in the world – Kandovan is currently inhabited unlike two others and is enjoyed by locals and a handful of tourists. The place offers a simple rural life, but that is not what makes it noteworthy. With years of volcanic eruption, snowstorms, endless rain, and hard winds – Kandovan showcases a unique state. The houses here are much similar to beehives and have antiquity dating back 800 years.

5- Meymand

Meymand-Rocky-village
Meymand Rocky village

Set alongside Kandovan is the beautiful Meymand village. Another one of the four rocky villages in the world, the place offers a unique perspective. The villagers live in cave-dwellings that have been carved to make liveable spaces. The houses are called Kicheh, and there are approximately 405 of them around the village. Dating back 10’000 years the village is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a Cultural landscape of Meymand.

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