Iran Journey 2015: How to get to Masuleh

Founded in the 10th century AD, the village of Masuleh is located about 70 km southwest of Rasht in the mountains of Alborz. Nestled on the side of the mountain at an elevation of 1050 meters above sea level, the town itself has an elevation difference of about 100 meters. And what makes Masuleh unique is that the roofs of the houses are actually serving as streets and courtyards. As people say, the yard of the building above is the roof the one below.

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How we got there:
We visited Masuleh on a car with our friend who drove us there from Rasht via the town of Fuman (make sure to try Fuman’s famous pastry – kuluche fuman). The information below was shared by people from Iran (and Rasht, particularly) whom I asked for the easiest ways to get to Masuleh.
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Iran Journey 2015. Photographs: The Village of Masuleh

The historical town of Masuleh in Gilan province of Iran, founded in the 10th century AD, is located about 70 km southwest of Rasht in the mountains of Alborz. The old village of Masuleh (Old Masuleh, or Kohne Masuhel in Persian), which was located about 6 kilometers northwest of the present-day town, was founded around 1006 AD. But an epidemic disease as well as attacks from neighboring villages and towns forced the inhabitants to move to the current location. Nestled on the side of the mountain at an elevation of 1050 meters above sea level, the town itself has an elevation difference of about 100 meters. And what makes Masuleh unique is that the roofs of the houses are actually serving as streets and courtyards. As people say, the yard of the building above is the roof the one below.

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The historical village of Masuleh, Gilan province, Iran
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Iran Journey 2015. Photographs: Bandar-e Anzali

Tired and exhausted from the previous day’s hitchhiking trip from Tabriz to the city of Rasht, we sleep until noon. And after the late breakfast, as our friend returns home, we leave Rasht to visit Bandar-e Anzali, a harbour town on the shores of the Caspian Sea in the Gilan province of Iran. Translated from Persian, “bandar” means a port. Known as Bandar-e Pahlavi before the Islamic Revolution, the city was founded in the early 19th century. The Anzali lagoon divides the city into two parts. In May 1920, the Russians occupied Bandar-e Aznali and declared a Soviet Republic of Gilan (officially known as the Persian Socialist Soviet Republic), which existed only until September 1921.

The city of Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan province, Iran

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Iran Journey 2015: Rainy Day in the town of Masuleh

Tuesday, November 17, 2015. The historical town of Masuleh in Gilan province of Iran, founded in the 10th century AD, is located about 70 km southwest of Rasht in the mountains of Alborz. We arrive here on a car with our friend, driving through the town of Fuman and passing by the rice paddies and tea plantations resting under cloudy skies. At this time of the year, the road is especially beautiful – forests are burning in orange, brown, red and other colors, creating a fairy tale atmosphere.
The historical village of Masuleh, Gilan province, Iran, 2015

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Iran Journey 2015: Persian dinner in Rasht. Recipes.

The evening we returned back to Rasht from our journey to Bandar-e Anzali, a delicious surprise was waiting for us at home. Our friend Nima’s mother – aunt Soosan prepared an amazing dinner of local dishes. “The cuisine of Gilan province doesn’t contain a lot of meat. It’s mostly vegetable and fish,” says aunt Soosan as we sit around the table. There’s no way we can describe the taste of the dishes (blessed be the hands of aunt Soosan). But at least we can share the recipes here so that you can prepare them yourself.
Most of the recipes were provided by our friend Nima. All the photographs were taken by Nane. You can follow her blog – Photopatum.
Traditional Persian dinner in Rasht, Gilan province, Iran, 2015

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