The ancient village of Abyaneh is the perfect answer to bustling cities in Iran, congested. Serenely located at the foot of Mount Kar-kas, steep and meandering streets of Abyaneh mud and stone wind through a maze of red adobe houses with lattices and balconies of fragile wood. It is testimony to Abyaneh’s age and isolation that elderly residents speak Persian medium, an earlier version of Farsi that largely disappeared centuries ago.
The village is at least 1500 years old and faces this through a picturesque valley. It was built in this way to maximize the sun it receives and minimize the effects of winter howls in winter. In summer, it is pleasantly cool and Abyaneh is more lively, full of residents returning from winter in Tehran and tourists haggle with colorful dresses, old women without teeth on the price of nuts.
Abyaneh is best appreciated for simply strolling, but does not look for the 14th century Imamzadeh-ye Yahya with its conical shape, covered in blue tiles, and the Zeyaratgah sanctuary with its small pool and views.
Probably the most beautiful building is the 11th century Jameh Mosque (Masjed-e Jameh), with its walnut mihrab and ancient carvings. Abyaneh houses are mainly two-storey, people live on the ground floor and winter high plant in summer.