Kashan is an city of some 397,000 in north central Iran's Isfahan Province, some two hours south of capital Teheran, known for its rose water, silks/textiles, and rugs. Its history stretches back into ancient times, as one of the main places settled by the Aryan tribe as far back as 7,500 years ago. Over the course of its history it became one of the Middle East's most prestigious cities but also faced its share of challenges, such as destruction by the Mongols in 1256 and a devastating earthquake in 1778. Though still largely unknown to foreign visitors, today it offers them a magnificent legacy of beautiful palaces, castles, manses, mosques, gardens, and more. Here are some of the highlights.

[Editor's note: flights between Iran and a number of countries have been temporarily suspended because of the coronavirus crisis, so keep in mind that this is information for future reference.]

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