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For the administrative subdivision, see Paveh County.
Paveh is located in Iran
Coordinates: 35°02′36″N 46°21′23″E / 35.04333°N 46.35639°E / 35.04333; 46.35639Coordinates: 35°02′36″N 46°21′23″E / 35.04333°N 46.35639°E / 35.04333; 46.35639
Country  Iran
Province Kermanshah
County Paveh
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Total 19,774
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Paveh (Kurdish: Pawe, Persian: پاوه‎, also Romanized as Pāveh, Pawah, and Pāweh)[1] is a city in and the capital of Paveh County, Kermanshah Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 19,774, in 5,171 families.[2]

Paveh is located in the west of Iran and is 112 km far from Kermanshah and lies in a sub-region along the Iran-Iraq border commonly referred to as Hewraman situated within the larger geographical region of Kurdistan. The city is considered by inhabitants of the region as the capital of the Hewraman. The inhabitants of Paveh are mostly Kurds that speak Auramani (also:Hewrami).

As a mountainous town, Paveh has cold winters and cool springs. The surrounding mountains are normally filled with fresh spring water from March to June. The town is also encircled with large fruit gardens which create a beautiful scenery during summers. Paveh is situated along a mountainside like most cities and villages in the Hewraman region. Behind the city is Shaho mountain and ahead of the city is a view of Atashgah, another mountain that was once the site of pilgrimages for ancient religions in the region. Among the most significant places to visit is the Quri Qaleh cave which is considered as the longest watery cave in the Middle East. The cave is located around 25 Kilometers from Paveh's town center.

An old myth regarding the name of the city is that the Emperor Yazdgerd III sent his son named Pav to this area to renew his religious Zoroastrian faith. Both Persians and the local Kurdish inhabitants practiced Zoroastrianism during the Persian Empire's Sasanian era from which this myth is derived.

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Paveh City


  1. ^ Paweh can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3078102" 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. 

External links[edit]

  • Omid Sālehi, Customs of the Land of Stone and Wind (Ā'in-e Sar'zamin-e Sang va Bād), in Persian, Jadid Online, 5 May 2009, [1].
    Audio slideshow: [2] (5 min 39 sec).
    Note: The place shown in the above audio slideshow is Orāmān, to the North of Pāveh and near the Iran-Iraq border. As of today (May 2009), this place has a population of approximately 3500.