Natanz, the central historic garden city in Iran, is located in Isfahan province, between Isfahan and Kashan, 70 kilometers south east of Kashan, on the foot of Karkas Mountains.
Natanz means a place with pleasant climate in Pahlavi language. It is well-known in Iran for its bracing climate and locally produced fruit, specially its pear fruits.
There is no verifiable evidence of its history until 13th century, but there are many historical attractions date back to that era. There is a Sassanid fire temple near Jame Mosque. The Mosque is a complex of some structures dating back to Uljaito, the Ilkhanid King, and his son, Abu Saeed. Other examples of tourist attractions include Afooshteh Hammam (bath house) date back to 14th century registered on Iran National Heritage list; Shah Abbas the great caravanserai; Sereshk Jame Mosque (built during Ilkhanid period) and the old plane trees near that; Matinabad eco-resort, the first and only eco-resort in Iran. Gonbad Baaz (Falcon Dome) built at Shah Abbas the great command and Imamzadeh Soltan Goroh Abad on the hillside of Mt. Karkas, 10 Kilometers away from the county center. It’s one of the best tourist attractions because of its mild pleasant weather and beautiful natural landscapes.
From among its ceremonies and rituals, there are Panjshanbe Bazaar (Thursday Market) and Nakhl Gardani (Ashura ritual in which mourners carry a large heavy wooden scaffold in the shape of a tree leaf, called Nakhl, as the symbol of Ashura martyrs) .
There are many handicraft workshops such as ceramics, woodturning, textiles and carpet weaving as well.
It is worth visiting its historical attractions and handicraft workshops and enjoying its pleasant weather and natural landscapes on your travel to Iran.