Exploring Maragheh: A Day of History, Nature, and Local Flavors
Unveil Maragheh’s allure in just a day. Explore historical gems like the iconic domes and the ancient observatory, while enjoying the tranquil Sufichai River. Discover the Mehr Temple, the unique fossil site, and more. Immerse in local flavors and culture, leaving with cherished memories of this captivating city.
Tehran Kashan Isfahan Abyaneh Shiraz
One of the first soap factories in Iran was built in Maragheh, and its product became famous with the city’s name.
But Maragheh does not only have soap. This area also contains other attractions that can host you in the summer season.
Maragheh is located in East Azarbaijan province and south of Tabriz. It is about 140 km from Tabriz and can reach in less than 2 hours. Its distance from Tehran is about 600 km, and there is no need to go to Tabriz to get to the capital of Ilkhans. On the Zanjan highway of Tabriz, before reaching Hashtroud, Maragheh road in the west direction is marked with a sign.
Another way to reach Maragheh is by train. Maragheh railway station is one of the sights of this city, and the old building and the station’s atmosphere will remind you of movies from World War II!
Sufichai River, which passes through the city of Maragheh, has become a peaceful resort for the people and guests of the city. The flight of different birds by the water creates a pleasant atmosphere that connects you with the beautiful nature in the middle of the town.
But Maragheh also has a lot to say in terms of historical attractions.
The most famous of them are the red, round, and blue domes, and the Ghaffarieh dome is located on the banks of the Sofichai River and in a park with the same name.
Most of these attractions are located near each other, and visiting them is free. You can experience a walking tour with proper planning.
Khwaja Nasiruddin Tusi, a famous Iranian scientist, built the famous Maragheh observatory on the top of a mountain now known as the observatory.
The remains of this observatory, which was built in the 7th century AH as one of the first observatories in the world, can still be seen, and of course, the large white dome built on it can be seen from all over the city.
Outside the city, the Mehr temple and the fossil site are among the essential monuments left. Mehr Temple, one of the critical works of the Iranian Mehr religion, is located in Varjoi village, just south of Maragheh city and 6 km from the railway station.
Maragheh fossil site is one of the unique attractions of Iran, which is highly recommended to visit. This site is 30 kilometers east of Maragheh and near the villages of Qartavol and Shalivand and is ready to be seen by tourists.
St. Thomas Church, Maragheh Wooden Mosques, Taq Mosque and Ilkhani Museum are other attractions of this city. Most of the historical attractions of Maragheh have remained in this city since the rule of Ilkhans because it was the capital of this dynasty for many years.
Don’t forget, in addition to Maragheh soap, walnut baslogh, dry fruits and Maragheh meatballs are also very famous. Do not return empty-handed!
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