Ardestan

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For the administrative subdivision, see Ardestan County.
Ardestan
اردستان
city
Ardestan Jame'e Mosque.
Ardestan Jame'e Mosque.
Ardestan is located in Iran
Ardestan
Ardestan
Coordinates: 33°22′34″N 52°22′10″E / 33.37611°N 52.36944°E / 33.37611; 52.36944Coordinates: 33°22′34″N 52°22′10″E / 33.37611°N 52.36944°E / 33.37611; 52.36944
Country  Iran
Province Isfahan
County Ardestan
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Total 14,698
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Ardestan (Persian: اردستان‎, also Romanized as Ardestān and Ardistān)[1] is a city in and the capital of Ardestan County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 14,698, in 4,077 families.[2]

Ardestan is located at the southern foothills of the Karkas mountain chain and is 110 km northeast of Isfahan. It is believed the city has been founded in Sassanian times and was strongly fortified in the 10th century. A Seljuk-era mosque, a bazaar, several ab anbars, and historical houses of the old town are among the tourist attractions of Ardestan. Mulberry, pomegranate and a special kind of fig are the main orchard products of the town.

It has been said that the Sasanian king of kings Khosrow I (the Just) was born in this town. Ardestan is also the birthplace of Hassan Modarres.

Historical sites[edit]

  • Imamzadeh Husayn: This Seljuk imamzadeh possibly made part of a Seljuk madrasah. Only little of this structure remains today. A badly damaged portal with the remains of a minaret (originally two) can still be found.
  • Imamzadeh Ismael
  • Friday Mosque: The oldest parts indicate a pre-Seljuk building, and it is possible the mosque was built on the site of a chahar taq. The structure was incorporated in a Seljuk kiosk mosque in the 12th century, and further expanded to the classical four-iwan plan. The stucco decoration of the mihrab was altered during the Il-Khanid period.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ardestan can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3053599" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  • Matheson, Sylvia A. (1972). Persia: An Archaeological Guide. London: Faber and Faber Limited. ISBN 0-571-09305-1

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External links[edit]

  • Photographs of Ardestan:
Masjed-e Jāme'eh Ardestān: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11).