Hamedan Tourist Attractions | Things to Do in Hamedan

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Hamedan Tourist Attractions | Things to Do in Hamedan

The historical city of Hamedan, one of Iran’s ancient capitals, and a main highlight on the ancient Silk Road, has a lot to offer you! But where should you start?! This list of the top Hamedan Tourist attractions will help you find out! If you’ve got 1 to 2 days to tour the city, start from the top of the list and move down the Must-See Attractions of Hamedan. If you’re going to stay 3 to 4 days, move further down to the Hamedan Tourist Attractions Worth Seeing. And If Hamedan is hosting you for more than 4 days, the charms on the Have More Time section will bring you to the depth.

Things to Do in Hamedan – The Must-See Attractions of Hamedan

Things to Do in Hamedan – Hegmataneh

Back in the 7th century BC, instead of the modern city of Hamedan, there used to an iconic city of the ancient world: Hegmataneh. As the first capital of the first Iranian empire, Hegmataneh enjoyed full glory, wealth and fame. Of that magnificence, except for the precious relics that are kept in top museums around the world, only ruins remain on top of a hill in Hamedan’s city center: Hegmataneh Hill. This over 3000-year-old site and the artefacts found there have given Hamedan the title of Iran’s capital of history and civilization. Make sure not to miss the precious relics at Museum Hegmataneh and the historical Stephen Gregory Church nearby.

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Hegmataneh, Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Iran

Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Ganjnameh

The ensemble of history, nature, and recreation in Hamadan, Ganjnameh, caters to every taste. Above all, Ganjnameh embraces fascinating mementos from ancient Iran. So, you’ll explore the ancient inscriptions of king Darius the Great and his son. Of course, the waterfall nearby adds to the beauty of this fascinating tourist attraction. The amusing entertainment complex attached to the site spices it up.

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Ancient inscriptions in Ganjname , Hamedan Tourist Attractions

Things to Do in Hamedan – Avicenna Mausoleum

Avicenna, the father of early modern medicine, one of Iran’s most celebrated scientists, and one of the most well-known figures of the Islamic Golden Age, has no need for introduction! In the middle of Hamedan, Avicenna Mausoleum stands proudly as the iconic symbol of the city. Located in a square of the same name, the monumental tomb of this 11th century prodigy is one of the top attractions of the city.

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Avicenna Mausoleum, Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Iran

Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Baba Taher Mausoleum

Like to have a Sufi exploration? So, stop by the burial place of the Persian mystic poet who embodied Sufism in his poems: Baba Taher Mausoleum. The tomb is an artistic combination of modern architecture with the traditional. An eye-catching turquoise octagonal pyramid dome and the stunning interior tilework are the highlights of this Hamedan attraction.

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Things to do in Hamedan – Baba Taher Mausoleum, Hamedan tourist attraction – Iran

Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Tomb of Esther and Mordechai

Like the stories where Jewish history meets the history of ancient Iran? Then Tomb of Esther and Mordechai is the place to be. In the middle of Hamedan, you can find a site that stands as a border between legend and history. Iranian Jews believe the two tombs inside the monument belong to the Biblical queen of Achaemenid Empire, Esther, and her cousin Mordechai. This Hamedan attraction is the main Jewish pilgrimage site in Iran.

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Things to Do in Hamedan – Tomb of Esther and Mordechai – Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Iran

Hamedan Tourist Attractions Worth Visiting

Alisadr Cave – Things to Do in Hamedan

Alisadr Cave, the world’s largest cave, is a popular attraction of Hamedan. With its many water halls and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, this subterranean water complex is a real wonderland. Discovering the amazing caverns by paddle boat is a journey through a miracle of nature that’s formed through millions of years. Take more than one layer of clothing.

Alaviyan Dome – Things to Do in Hamedan

Check out a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and stucco work in Alaviyan Dome. This Hamedan attraction was originally a mosque with a 12th century green dome and minarets. Later, it turned into a family mausoleum. The remaining brick tower itself is a spectacle with its whirling floral stucco, calligraphic inscriptions, and brick panels.

Qorban Tower – Things to Do in Hamedan

Here’s the resting place of a local hero and a number of commanders. This 12-sided brick tower features a pyramidal dome 12 pieces of brick on top of it. Outside, unique arches, exquisite plasterwork, and handsome brick work will welcome you to the simple grave inside this Hamedan attraction.

Lalejin Village – Things to Do in Hamedan

Leave the attractions of Hamedan behind to discover the Iranian capital of pottery nearby: Lalejin Village. With thousands of years of history in pottery making, Lalejin is proud of its ancestral profession and the large number of artists who make a living out of pottery. Looking for souvenirs? Then Lalejin is the place to be! There, you’ll find a diverse range of pottery and ceramic productions that are mostly made the traditional way.

Have More Time?

Hamedan Tourist Attractions – Varkaneh Village

Stepping into Varkaneh Village (25 km to Hamedan) is like traveling back into the Renaissance. This mountainous village blesses you with a beautiful nature and scenic landscapes. But what makes Varkaneh unique is its special stony architecture which reminds you of Renaissance Europe. Enjoy a walk on the paved alleys and through stony houses and green orchards. Don’t miss the cemetery, the mill, and the castle.

Tourist Attractions in Hamedan – Handicrafts Museum

Beside Hamedan’s beautiful Baba Taher Mausoleum, you’ll find the city’s Handicrafts Museum. Showcasing works that mix the traditional Iranian art with the new, this Hamedan attraction is a nice window into Persian culture. Find pottery and ceramic works, paintings on ceramic, wood carving, leather handicrafts, kilims and Gabbeh carpets.

Things to Do in Hamedan – Ekbatan Dam and Lake

Enjoy some peace and quiet beside the adorable lake Ekbatan Dam has created (11 km to Hamedan). Towering mountains, lovely little waves, and migratory birds have together created a nice retreat. Into water sports? You can enjoy water skiing and boat riding on this Hamedan attraction. If you like bird watching, the best season to visit is early in fall or late in winter.

Tourist Attractions in Hamedan – Tomb of Hayaquq the Prophet

Tuyserkan, a historic town near Hamedan, hosts the Tomb of Hayaquq the Prophet, the 700 BC Israelite prophet and the guardian of the Great Temple of Jews in Jerusalem. In the middle of a green area, you’ll find an octagonal structure that’s topped with a dome. The over 700-year-old mausoleum is beautifully decorated with the Star of David.

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Zahra Soltani
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To Zahra, introducing the beauties of Iran is a delight and an inherent mission! Beyond that, arts, culture, literature, mythology, and all the astonishing secrets of our marvelous universe set her soul on fire! This is what makes Zahra a filmophile, an insatiable reader, and a passionate writer.

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