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Siraf Port

You should at least allocate half a day for this town. All the towns building are perpendicular to the shore line and the surrounding mountains. The smooth curved sea side creates a great view that will not be forgotten soon. Siraf is a small port by the Persian Gulf with only 3500 residence. A town of such small population might not be that attractive for tourist usually but Siraf is different. During the Sasani and beginning of Islamic era Siraf was once the most prospers port in Iran which has trades with all the developed world, from Europe’s Rome and Greece, to Africa’s Madagascar and all the way to China.

Being an international port, with residence from all over the world, freedom of religion was practiced. Zoroastrian, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religion believers lived together in peace. The proof of this fact can be found in the remaining cemetery of the Siraf. Unfortunately a very destructive earth quake of seven days hits Siraf and destroys the town in 978. Siraf is named as the Pompeii of Iran.

Stone Graves:

In the surrounding mountains of Siraf there are remaining grave resembling stone wholes carved on the mountains. These holes were initially made as graves. Drinkable water has always been scares in this area, the sources of drinkable water were rain and groundwater. These holes were used as rain water reservoirs that would not only preserve clear rain water but lead into the groundwater natural reserves. These holes were part of an entire system to lead the water to groundwater reservoirs. In later centuries these holes were used as graves, the remains of human skeletons found shows this. The holes did not lose their function. This rain water preservation system has another similar example in Tis close to Chabahar.

Siraf

Siraf

Gur Dakhmeha:

A number or four edged cave/holes carved out on the mountains near Siraf. Besides the beautiful view of these human made holes in the nature of the rock maintains, these holes with different sizes which some were used as fire temples are signs of people residing here. Later in the Islamic era due to  Plague and earth quake and sudden need for graves these holes were used as graves.

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Gur Dakhme Siraf

Imam Hasan Mosque:

This mosque which is built on a Sasani fortress remains was built in 804. The architecture of this mosque is first of it time.

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Imam Hasan Mosque

Sheik Jabar Nasuri Residence:

Built on a hill with view the sea, this residence is the towns landmark. It was built at the beginning of Qajar era, so its about 200 years old. The family stories of this family are also amusing. The view from the top floors of the structure are gorgeous.

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