The former royal ensemble of Qazvin is undergoing restoration

TEHRAN — A new round of a restoration project has been launched on the Safavid Garden Complex of Qazvin, known locally as “Dowlatkhaneh Safavi”, said the head of tourism of Qazvin.

A budget of four billion rials ($14,200) has been allocated to this phase of the project, Alireza Khazaeli explained on Sunday.

The project consists of reinforcing the walls as well as repairing the damaged parts, the official added.

Dowlatkhaneh Safavi, consisting of a few historical monuments, some of which have been destroyed over time, was once a royal ensemble and residential complex for Safavid monarchs (1501-1736).

Qazvin was once the capital of the mighty Persian Empire, under the Safavids, from 1548-98. It’s a major tourist destination with a beautifully restored caravanserai turned arts quarter, a few quirky museums, and a handful of decent dining options. For most travelers, Qazvin is also primarily the starting point for excursions to the famous Assassins’ castles and hikes in the sensational Alamut Valley.

Also known as the Castle of the Assassins, the 12th century Alamut Castle is nestled on top of a peak. It was once a haven for followers of Hasan-e Sabbah (1070-1124) who was a spiritual leader of an Islamic sect. In the early 1930s, Italian-British explorer and writer Freya Stark described her exploration of the place in her book “The Valleys of the Assassins”.

Qazvin is also home to one of the largest covered caravanserai in the country, Sa’d-al Saltaneh Caravanserai. Dating back to the Qajar era, this is a place to discover dozens of Hojreh or shops, cafes, yards and a stunning mosque. It is a place for visitors who want to experience Iran’s culture, cuisine and hospitality.

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