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Restaurant Doorchin

Nice and airy, the Doorchin has a delicious modern take on Iranian favourites. The soup is elegantly spiced, the yogurt fresh and piquant, and the service friendly. Try the khoresht gheymeh (lamb stew with yellow sp…
Cave in Zanjan

Katale Khor Caves

The extensive Katale Khor cave system, rated by locals as the best in western Iran, is 150km south of Zanjan, off the Soltaniyeh–Hamadan road near Garmab. Less touristed than the more famous Ali Sadr caves, which it…
Mountain in Zanjan

Colourful Mountains

Similar to the 'painted deserts' of outback Australia and badlands America, but on a much larger scale, these incredibly coloured hills are visible to anyone travelling between Tabriz and Zanjan in daylight. Banded …
Museum in Zanjan

Zanjan Archaeology Museum

The archaeology museum is home to four of the fascinating 'Saltmen' mummies discovered over the years in the Chehrabad Salt Mine (now an archaeological site). The effect of the salt and the extremely dry air of the …
Castle in Zanjan

Behestan Castle

This wild-looking, incredibly eroded, cave-ridden mesa soars above (or, more accurately, falls into) the Qezel Owzan river in the ribbed and riven badlands 120km northwest of Zanjan. Reduced to a collection of totte…
Bazaar in Zanjan

Zanjan Bazaar

This intriguing long, narrow, mostly brick-vaulted bazaar hides abandoned caravanserai, subterranean chaykhanehs (teahouses), historic mosques and just about every homeware and personal accoutrement you can think of…
Iranian in Zanjan

Restaurant Golrizan

Near Honarestan Sq, the family-oriented Golrizan offers an extensive salad bar to complement all your Iranian favourites. Staff are friendly and there's not a surcharge in sight.
Statue in Zanjan

Soravardi’s Bust

Philosopher Soravardi’s bust can be seen on a library wall. The 1851 Baha’i massacres were perpetrated in lanes behind the wall.
Mosque in Zanjan

Hosseiniyeh Mosque

This beautiful mosque dedicated to Hossein catches the setting sun perfectly from its western face. It's off Ferdosi St.
Mosque in Zanjan

Masjed-e Jameh

Madraseh cells line the inner courtyard of this sizeable 1826 mosque, accessed through a spired portal on Imam St.