Located in southeastern Iran, Kerman enjoys a relatively cool climate because of its 5,900-foot altitude. Set in a high valley between the huge massif of the Zagros Mountains and the Dasht-e Lut Desert, Kerman has been geographically isolated for much of its existence. In spite of centuries of upheaval, the city encompasses many architectural treasures and an exceptional bazaar. It is best known for its brilliantly-colored carpets and tapestries. The Friday Mosque, built in 1348 and decorated in polychrome tiles, the Turkish Imam Mosque and the Vakil Bazaar are Kerman’s most interesting sites.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013