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Abbas Abad Historical Garden

Just five kilometres from Behshahr lives the Abbas Abad Historical Garden, the only non desert Persian garden in Iran. Constructed in 1612, the historical complex is best known for its brick buildings, gardens, Sarooj and early use of hot water baths.

Covering two hectares, the Abbas Abad Historic Garden is a legacy of the iconic Iranian king, Shah Abbas I. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only non desert Persian garden in all of Iran. With a combination of forest, jungle and lake, it offers a pure nature feeling fit for a king.

During the Safavid era the garden was known for its advanced technology. The sixty square metre bathroom offered hot water baths, a luxury for the Safavid kings. Unlike other Persian gardens, Abbas Abad is missing a qanat system. Instead there is ingenious engineering of clay pipes that creates water movement, similar to that of the Taj Mahal.

Travellers looking to escape the urban sprawl can dive into history and nature in just a short drive. From Beshahr follow Abbas Abad Road into the foothills of the Alborz Mountains. The winding road manoeuvres through the old growth forest delivers travellers to the Abbas Abad Historical Garden.

The garden is filled with awe inspiring views of lush gardens and historic buildings. Dense green trees hug the complex, leaving space only for small ponds and the flowing river. When you reach the main garden, guests can drive right to the bank of the manmade lake.

Relax in the grass under the trees or rent a paddle boat. While on board make your way to the lake's central four arched brick structure. One of the most famous attractions of the garden, its use is unknown and has led to many assumptions by historians.