Gonbad-e Kavus

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Mil-e Gonbad

A Unesco World Heritage site since 2012, this 53m tower in Gonbad's centre looks like a buttressed-brick spaceship with the cross-section of a 10-pointed star. Built in 1006, it's so remarkably well preserved...

Iranian in Gonbad-e Kavus

Havash Traditional Restaurant

The term 'traditional' refers to the excellent food, served with tanour bread fresh from the clay oven – not to the decor, which, while very comfortable, is a series of somewhat rectilinear mini cottages in new...

Coffee in Gonbad-e Kavus

Cafe Night Star

Expertly made barista-quality coffee (from IR70,000) with a view of the tower from the open terrace (albeit through electricity wires).

Museum in Gonbad-e Kavus

Carpet Museum

This well-presented but very small museum exhibits seventeen 20th-century Turkmen carpets, labelled with dates of production and styles. There are also a few implements and some raw materials for the dyeing...

Islamic Shrine in Gonbad-e Kavus

Imamzadeh-ye Yahya

This large, ornate imamzadeh lies 4km southwest of central Gonbad-e Kavus. To the complex's direct west is a ragged area of wasteland that, viewed from the air, appears to pocked with bomb-craters. This was once...

Horse Racing in Gonbad-e Kavus

Horse Racing

On Thursday and Friday afternoons in spring and autumn, the hippodrome at the northeastern edge of town holds horse-racing meets. Predominantly watched by male locals who're here to bet, the atmosphere is...

Fast Food in Gonbad-e Kavus


The logo implies a KFC knockoff, but while they do have ready-to-go fried chicken, there's also a range of pizzas, burgers, stuffed baked potatoes and even steak and trout. Colourful and contemporary, with a menu...

Sweets in Gonbad-e Kavus

Safa Café

This little cafe sitting opposite the classic Mil-e Gonbad tower offers ice-cream sundaes, floats and freshly squeezed seasonal juices.