Qazvin is a city located in the north of Iran. Duo to its perfect location in the center of fertile lands of Iran, it can support the growth of a large number of strong healthy plants. So from the old times, locals offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian travelers special dishes that meet the nutritional needs of both. The fertile soil of this province has allowed the locals to harvest all kinds of nuts and fruits. As a result, there is a trace of pistachio, almond, different kinds of fruit peels, and so on, on every luxurious food and confectionary of the region.
It is interesting to know that an orange peel contains more fiber than the orange itself, plus protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Nevertheless, it’s not nearly as sweet as the pulp. here you’ll learn how to make candied orange peel, you can do the same for lemon, bitter orange, and tangerine. It can be a delicious spice for food, not necessarily sweet food, or a sweet finish for your meal. Kids would love to dip it into melted chocolate, the best way to make them eat nutrition, or you can even pack as a gift; a healthy one.
Rice is a staple part of every Persian meal and is served variously in almost every Persian family. Gilan and Mazandaran are the main two provinces in the north of Iran that cultivate rice; and the best-known rice is “Sadri rice” from Gilan. This kind of rice is called differently in Iran (“Chelo” or “Polo”) based on how much it’s gotten steamed and what additional ingredients are used to make it. Although Chelo is the official name for plain rice, most people tend to call rice “Polo”. The standard white rice can be served with all kinds of stews (Khoresh), garnishes (nuts, dried fruits, vegetables, and meat incorporated into it), and kabobs.
Kuku is one of the most beloved foods among Persians, but sweet kuku was first made in Qazvin, north of Iran, whose people are so addicted to sweet flavors that they even prefer sweet main course. Kuku Shirin can be served as a dessert, but locals prefer it with Shirin Polo (sweet rice); and if you like sweet food, trust me on this one and give it a chance.
Shirin polo (literally sweet rice) is a desirable food that is cooked and served variously all over Iran; but originally it comes from Qazvin, north of Iran, and is considered as a delicacy. As a result, the dish is served mostly on special occasions; especially at weddings. It is a sweet rice pilaf, sometimes very sweet; nevertheless locals serve this sweet rice with "Kuku Shirin". more sweetness!
The mosque is from the Seljuk period, late 12th or early 13th century, but the school was constructed later Under the Qajar dynasty in the 19th century. It is a widely held view that back then, Qazvin owned two Jameh mosques; the bigger one was known as Atigh Jameh Mosque and was dedicated to Shia (the second largest branch of Islam), and the second Jameh Mosque, aka Heidarieh Mosque, was dedicated to Sunni Islam which operated until Mongols’ attack that resulted in reduction of Sunnis in the country.
Historians believe that Halime Khatun is Musa ibn Ja'far al-Kadhim (also spelled and al-Kazim) daughter which has brought great attention to the religious people of Qazvin. Based on their belief she is Imam Reza’s sister, eighth Shia Imam, the only one who died while traveling through Iran and was buried in Mashhad. Her shrine was built of adobe in the Qajar era which ruined some decades ago and was rebuilt in 1998 to the current magnificent structure.
Khayyam street is one of the oldest Streets of Qazvin City but is considered as a central business district since many new shopping malls and stores have been built and other already existing ones have been renovated. So the street and sidewalk are almost always crowded especially in the afternoon but completely shuts down before 10 pm. There are a number of good restaurants, fast foods, and cafés for people to suit themselves and needless of changing their way to eat something after getting exhausted from walking up and down the street continuously. Many people choose this street only for entertainment; they enjoy mere walking in it and if you’re wondering why, you have to see it for yourself to find out!
It is a remnant of the Qajar dynasty and was built in 1816 AD by two brothers named Mohammad Hasan Khan Sardar and Mohammad Hossein Khan Sardar (Sardar is a label that refers to a commander of an army). They had both participated in the Iran and Russian war and succeeded gloriously. The construction is most certainly an architectural masterpiece in Iran’s history. Apart from this mosque and school, the two brothers have also constructed two cisterns and a bathhouse in Qazvin city.
Qazvin city can be named amongst the first cities of Iran that had several movie theaters and went on screen for the first time in 1928. Unfortunately, all of those old cinemas were somehow destroyed and Mellat Cinema was the only one that survived the many events before and after Iran’s revolution, but now it is deserted and unusable; the only remaining thing of it is the structure and the significant memories of people’s happy moments inside it. So it is the oldest cinema in the Qazvin city which was up and running almost till 2003 and then suddenly abandoned for good.
Velayat Medical Center is affiliated to Qazvin University of Medical Sciences and was constructed in an area of 55000 square meters and a built-up area of 24000 square meters. The construction was approved by the Supreme Leader of Iran in 2003 when he traveling to Qazvin, but it didn’t take place until 2005 and operated in February 2012. It currently has 250 active beds. This place is built in eight floors consisting of 11 specialty clinics, emergency departments, 7 operating rooms, ICU, CCU, chemical therapy departments, medical imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, dialysis subspecialty clinics, etc.
Iran’s very first railway station was opened in 1848 between Rasht and Bandar Anzali, but Qazvin railway line was constructed more than a century later on March 9, 1940, in 1566 square meter area. Dou to Qazvin's location near Tehran and in the west-north of Iran, it is one of the main transport routes of the country. Also in November 2018, the Astara-Rasht-Qazvin railway line was opened which connects and integrates the transport and information routes of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran.