TEHRAN — Tourism authorities of Hamedan province are planning to organize a familiarization tour in a bid to promote travel in the mid-western province.
Journalists, tour operators, photographers, influencers and travel bloggers from across the country have been invited to the tour, which will be held from May 17 to 20, the province’s deputy tourism chief Ali Khaksar said on Sunday. .
“To restore tourism in the post-corona era, this tour has been organized to encourage people to travel to this region, as the tourism sector in the province has suffered stagnation and serious damage due to the pandemic,” said added the manager.
During visits to various religious, historical and natural attractions with specific programs, tour participants will gain a better understanding of infrastructure and accommodation, souvenirs and handicrafts, customs and culture from most cities in the province, he noted.
Known in classical times as Ecbatana, Hamedan was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. There are pitifully few remains from antiquity, but significant parts of the city center are given over to excavations. Ecbatana was the capital of Media and subsequently a summer residence of the Achaemenid kings who ruled Persia from 553 to 330 BC.
Hamedan has had many names: it was perhaps the Bit Daiukki of the Assyrians, Hangmatana or Agbatana among the Medes and Ecbatana among the Greeks. One of the median capitals, under Cyrus II (the Great; died 529 BC) and later Achaemenid rulers, it was the site of a royal summer palace.
Around 1220, Hamedan was destroyed by the Mongols. In 1386, it was sacked by Timur (Tamerlane), a Turkish conqueror, and the inhabitants were massacred. It was partially restored in the 17th century and then changed hands often between the Iranian ruling houses and the Ottomans.
Situated on a high plain, Hamedan is gracefully cool in August but prone to snow and frost from December to March. In summer, the air is often foggy.
Ali Sadr Cave, Ganjnameh Inscriptions, Avicenna Mausoleum, Hegmataneh Hill, Alaviyan Dome, Jameh Mosque and St. Stephanos Gregorian Church are some of the attractions in Hamedan, not to mention to name a few.