Natanz, a Place with Pleasant Climate
Natanz, the central historical city in Iran, is located between Kashan and Isfahan province, on the foot of the Karkas Mountains. Natanz means a place with a pleasant climate in the Pahlavi language. It is well-known in Iran for its bracing climate and locally produced fruit, especially its pear fruits.
There is no verifiable evidence of its history until the 13th century, but many historical attractions date back to that era. There is a Sassanid fire temple near Jameh Mosque. The Mosque is a complex of structures dating back to Uljaito, the Ilkhanid King, and his son. In addition to its national heritage, Afooshteh Hammam (bath house) from the 14th century, surrounded by lush green trees in Afooshteh village, is among the Iranian National Heritage.
Additionally, you can visit Shah Abbas caravanserai, Sereshk Jame Mosque (built during the Ilkhanid period), and the old plane trees nearby. Also, do not miss Matinabad eco-camp, Iran’s only eco-resort once you visit Natanz. The Gonbad Baaz (Falcon Dome) was built under the superb command of Shah Abbas and Imamzadeh Soltan Goroh Abad on the hillside of Mt. Karkas. The mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings make it one of the best tourist attractions.
Among its ceremonies and rituals are Panjshanbe Bazaar (Thursday Market) and Nakhl Gardani (Ashura ritual in which mourners carry a huge wooden scaffold in the shape of a tree leaf, called Nakhl, as the symbol of Ashura martyrs). There are a variety of handicraft workshops available, including ceramics, wood turning, textiles, and carpet weaving, where you can buy whatever suits your fancy.
It is worth visiting its historical attractions and handicraft workshops and enjoying its pleasant weather and natural landscapes while traveling to Iran.