"Jame' Atiq Mosque of Qazvin" Qazvin by Sambawalk

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Jame' Atiq Mosque of Qazvin

Archeological findings in the Qazvin plain reveal urban agricultural settlements for at least nine millennia. The name ?Qazvin? or ?Kasbin? is derived from Cas, an ancient tribe which lived south of the Caspian Sea a thousand years ago. The Caspian Sea itself in fact derives its name from the same origin. Qazvin geographically connects Tehran, Isfahan, and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian seacoast and Asia Minor, hence its strategic location throughout the ages.

The city today known as Qazvin is thought to have been founded by Shapur II, King of Persia in 250 CE, under the name Shad Shahpur, when he built a fortification there to control regional tensions.


Qazvin contains few buildings from the Safavid era, when it was capital of Persia. Perhaps the most famous of the surviving edifices is the Chehelsotoon (Kolah Farangi) mansion, today a museum in central Qazvin.

  • Last visit to Qazvin: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Hello Patrick, Brilliant photo of the Friday Mosque. Looking forward to reading more of your tips. I was in Iran in May too, probably, later than you. Best Wishes Sue


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