Area: 180 km2
Population: 679,995
Language: Gilaki

City of Food and Rain

Rasht is one of the largest most populated cities in Northern Iran and the capital of Gilān Province. Located 300 kilometers from Tehrān, Rasht borders the Caspian Sea in the north, the cities of Amlash and Aastaaneh-ye Ashrafieh in the east and northeast, Siahkal in the southeast, Roudbār in the south, Shaft in the southwest, Sowme'eh-Sara and Fouman in the west and Bandar Anzali in the northwest. The city has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and cold and wet winters. Rasht is one of the wettest cities in Iran and is known as “Rain City” for its number of rainy days. According to some historical accounts, the city was originally built in the Sassanid era (226-651 CE) but did not find importance until the Safavid era (1501–1736) when it began to flourish under Shah Abbas (1571-1629). Rasht was occupied by Russian and later British forces in WWI when it became the birthplace of the Jonbesh-e Jangal (Forest Movement) (1914-1921) which sought to restore Iranian sovereignty. Some of the city’s historical attractions include the open-air Rasht Bazaar which dates back to the Safavid era, Safi Mosque as the oldest house of prayer in the city, Roudkhan Castle which was originally built in the Sassanid era and later became an Ismaili stronghold, the tiered city of Masouleh which is nearly 1,000 years old, Mirza Kouchak Khan House and Museum, which was the residence of the fierce Jonbesh-e Jangal (Forest Movement) leader and nationalist hero and is now a museum, Mirza Kouchak Khan’s Mausoleum, Gilān Rural Heritage Museum which was founded by moving and reassembling nine villages from across the province to Sarvan Forest Park in order to preserve the traditional architecture and agriculture of Gilān. Saqalaksar Village and Dam with its countless natural attractions, Hajji Bekandeh district where visitors can stay in suites and beach cabins, experience rural life and enjoy beach sports, Sangar Dam Lake with its picturesque view etc.

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Tehran International Book Fair

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