View Full Version : Historical Hamedan by Gilgamesh
September 9th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Hamedan is one of the most ancient parts of our civilization. Here are some of the pictures from around the province from my trip there this summer.
Part 1, Hamedan city
Hamedan has a population of half a million and is believed to be among the oldest Iranian cities and one of the oldest in the world dating back to 3000 BC.
Today's Hamedan is what is left of Ecbatana, the median capital (728–550 BCE) . Since then it has been the capital of several other empires which is why there are 207 sites of historical and cultural significance in this city. ;)
I was only there for a day so I didn't have much time to take pictures. The city was very nice though, green with nice people too, I'd take it over any city in 'shomal' w/o doubt. :D
Entering the city
the shrine of Esther and Mardkhai (jewish) lies on one the end of Shariat street close to Emam sq
Entance to the tomb was free of charge. There was a jewish man taking care of the shrine, very nice man but he didn't want to be photographed for some reason. The shrine is visited by many pious iranian muslims for making "nazr" (some sort of wishes).
the original door of the shrine hasnt been changed. The caretaker said it was atleast 1500 years old.
first room inside
this picture is taken from inside the third room, there wasn't anything there exept plastic chairs.
September 9th, 2006, 10:55 PM
Bu Ali square
Tomb of Avicenna. The Iranian physician, philosopher, and scientist.
Also known as Pour Sina, Ebn-e-sina and Bouali. Hamedanis call him "bu eli" lol.
In Hamedan there are everything from shops to schools named after him.
This tomb was built in the 1950's and took 2 years to complete.
the garden, Great place:D
Inside the tomb
Bu Ali museum inside the tomb
on the roof of the tomb
Central parts of the City, taken from the roof:
Panorama, Central Hamedan as seen from the top of Avicennas tomb
Bu Ali street
Hotel Bu Ali
A street close to Shire Sangi Park
The stone lion
The stone lion of Hamedan is believed to have been built by Alexander.
It used to have a twin and together they constituted the old gate of the city called the 'Lions Gate'.
The gates were demolished in 931 CE when the Deylamid dynasti took over the city.
Today, the Stone Lion of Hamedan sits in the middle of its own park in Hamedan
and it's actually not interesting at all unless you know the history behind it.
It's not being taken care of which is a shame and there is not any proper information board beside it either.
outskirts of town
September 9th, 2006, 10:56 PM
Nice details, but it's in a bad shape
A neighbourhod called Hessar close to Baba taher's tomb. Very scary place lol.
Tomb of Baba Taher Ouryan,
A very nice place, esp inside the tomb but ofcourse nowhere near as nice as Bu alis tomb. ;)
A green valley 5 km southwest of Hamadan, on the side of Alvand Mountain. The valley contains old inscription (Ganjnameh) and the waterfall of Ganjnameh. This was the best site of Hamedan IMO. It was getting dark and my digicam only takes blurry photos in the dark. :sleepy:
The Ganjameh waterfall
The Ganjnameh inscription. The inscription to the left was ordered by Darius I (521-485 BCE) and the one on the right was ordered by Xerxes I (485-65 BCE). Both sections have been carved in Old Persian, Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Elamite. They start with praise of God (Ahura Mazda) and describe the lineage and deeds of the two kings.
September 9th, 2006, 11:56 PM
Part 2, Alisadr cave and nature of the province;
These pictures are taken on the road between Hamedan-Bahar-Asad abad-Alisadr (Qar Alisadr is east of Asad Abad).
the planetarium of Assad Abad
Alisadr recreational resort
Alisadr cave is 100 kms from Hamedan,it's 11 kms long and can be up to 40 meters high. It contains several large, deep lakes.
The cave has a river flowing through it and most travel through the cave is done with a boat.
The cave was originally discovered during the reign of Darius I (521-485 BC)
which can be verified by an old inscription at the entrance of the tunnel.
But the knowledge of the existence of the tunnel was lost, and only rediscovered in 1978 when a local shepherd followed the tunnel searching for a lost goat.
^^Entrance of the cave
On the first one there is some weird mist, I took the second picture just seconds after the first one and mist had disappeared. :weirdo:
rest are taken with my mobile
At the end of line 1, you'll have to climb all these stairs to reach a teahous.
then down again on the stairs on other side.
Begining of Line 2
My mobile ran out of batteries here :)
September 10th, 2006, 01:18 AM
Part 3, Nahavand
Nahavand is in the southern most parts of this province. It's a typical small and ugly iranian town and nothing remarkable but it's surroundings has nice nature. The town was founded by the greek general Seleucus I Nicator (358 BC–281 BC). It's famous for the "battle of Nahavand" during the arab conquest of Iran.
this is their bazar, they call it 'paghela'.
They have also have a mall lol
All in all, a hole and it got more attention that in it deserved, lol.
West of Nahavand, towards kermanshah
East, towards Arak/Tehran
September 10th, 2006, 01:21 AM
Last, a pano
September 10th, 2006, 02:26 AM
AMAZING pics!!! Thanks SO much.
September 10th, 2006, 12:03 PM
Im glad someone liked them
September 10th, 2006, 12:29 PM
akheeey :) i liked them :D i just didnt respond :P hihi thanks a million gilg :) you have outdone yourself :) taking the time to take beautiful pictures for us :)
September 10th, 2006, 01:38 PM
hehe You're welcome.
September 11th, 2006, 04:07 AM
bah bah bah.. vaghan beautiful photos gilgamesh.. i want to see Hamedan for myself, your photos are the next best thing :D
September 11th, 2006, 06:48 AM
Amazing pictures Aryan. I learnt alot about Hamedan. What a nice and historic sity.
September 12th, 2006, 12:28 AM
Nice pics dude!!
Its a lovely city and its soo clean
September 12th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Thanks for ur comment guys. ^_^
December 25th, 2006, 11:13 AM
this is an awsome thread gilgamesh, thank you so much !!!
December 25th, 2006, 03:38 PM
ajab safare khoobi dashti. tamam-e irano didi.
afarin aksha kheili ghashange.
baziash tar oftade ama baghiye qualitätesh kheili bala-e.
December 25th, 2006, 05:20 PM
Albate tamome Irano keh nadidam. :D Koli az jahayi ke delam mikhast emsal beram naraftam. =/
Kermanshah, Kish, Yazd, Ardebil... :( Vali khob ba in hal belakhare khob bod. lol :)
December 25th, 2006, 05:25 PM
this is an awsome thread gilgamesh, thank you so much !!!
January 4th, 2007, 04:12 AM
BAh BAH hal kardiim, vaghean dastet dard nakoneh!
how did u take the panoramas?
vaghean dastet dard nakoneh kheylii ghashang bood