Hamedan (Hamadan) is a prosperous city in the foothills of the Alvand Mountain renowned for its vast historical heritage, among the world’s oldest cities that has witnessed the rise and fall of many regional powers. The main highlights include:
The pre-Islamic remains in this part of Iran embodies the political, historical, cultural and artistic developments of the Sassanid period known as The Ensemble of Historical Sassanid Cities (Prospective World Heritage Site).
Hegmataneh Ensemble (Prospective World Heritage Site), once the center of the Median and later the Persian Empires with remains of ancient palaces and great temples.
Ganjnameh the famous trilingual inscriptions with praises to Ahuramazda engraved in stone on the pleasant slopes of Mount Alvand recording the legacy of Darius and Xerxes.
Tomb of Esther and Mordecai a Jewish shrine surrounded by a charming garden, a place of pilgrimage for many Jewish people
Tomb of Ibn Sina known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna, the foremost thinker and philosopher that Persia has ever produced, and one of the greatest medical scholars in human history.
Alavyan Tomb Tower one of the supreme examples of early Saljuq art in Iran, with whirling floral stucco a fine selection of other designs rendered in stucco.
Tepe Nush-e Jan the spectacular remains of a well-preserved Iron Age settlement, believed to have been occupied by the Medes, and interpreted as the earliest identified fire temple of Iran.