At the 2006 census, Abyaneh population was 305 , in 160 families and It is 2,500 meters above sea-level. Abyaneh is like a living architectural and anthropological museum. It presents an impressive model of the man adaptating to the environment. Abyaneh is different place, different village with red walls and rivers and mountains. In this place you will forget everythings for some seconds and communicate with nature. The village dates back to 2,500 years ago. The oldest building in Abyaneh, Harpak Zoroastrian Fire Temple, was a true testament to the existence, growth, and advancement of the once-isolated village and its people. Built during the Achaemenid period (550-330 BC), the fire temple used to be an important religious temple for its majority Zoroastrian inhabitants, until Islam was fully embraced by the locals after the arrival of the religion in the country. The word ‘Abyaneh’ has been derived from the word ‘Viona’ meaning ‘Willow Grove’ (in the local dialect ‘vey’ means willow). Abyaneh extends along the river. Although the village itself is situated on high grounds, in the past three castles were built to protect the people from enemy attacks. Furthermore, the configuration of Abyaneh protects it from strong wind and flood. Abyaneh has a compact texture with narrow and steep alleys. Located on the slopes of the mountain, the houses are arranged in a stair-step shape, so that the roofs of some houses are the yards of others . No doubt, this village is one of my most favourite places in Iran. Abyaneh should NOT be left out from your itinerary

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The smell of roses in the air, the wind dancing through the willows, cozy little stair-like red houses, people with traditional patterned clothes with their charming accent. You can find all of these in Abyaneh! One of the loveliest villages in Iran. In a world that traditions are losing the battle to globalization, seeing an intact authentic community is truly blessed. Stunning Abyaneh Village was built on the foothills of Karkas Mountain, right in central Iran, in Isfahan province. There is no concrete evidence that shows us how old is this beauty, but archaeologists estimated that it should be more than 2500 years old. They also found several historical sites near the village belong to Seljuk Empire, Sassanid Empire, Safavid Dynasty, and Qajar Dynasty. So, not only this village has cultural attractions, but the historical as well. People of Abyaneh call the village as Viona, meaning a place filled with willow trees. This place is located about 2222 meters above the sea line, so you can imagine how pleasant it would be to be surrounded by willow trees while a lovely breeze touches your skin. One of the amazing things that you will definitely find interesting in Abyaneh is its architecture, making it one of the top three touristic villages in Iran along with Masouleh and Kandovan. Abyaneh has stair-shape houses, meaning that the houses were built in a way that the roof of the lower house is also the yard for the above house! Isn’t it fascinating? Not to mention the usage of clay in houses that gives the village a vibrant and lively look. Maybe these exclusivities evolved the unique culture of Abyaneh as well, the closeness and sharing of neighbors with the passion and warmness of red color. Abyaneh people have their unique culture, completely different from any other place nearby. They have their own accent, clothes, house, and traditions. Besides the architectural differences that have mentioned, clothing is another cultural element that you will notice instantly. It is commonly thought that they are older people who preserve the traditions, but not in Abyaneh case! People in Abyaneh, from all age ranges, wear the village traditional clothes; even little children. Women Clothing in Abyaneh includes dress, Shaliteh (a kind of skirt), scarf, headband, socks, footwear or Giveh (is a kind of soft, comfortable, durable and hand-woven-top shoe common in several parts of Iran). The dress is loose and long. Shaliteh is a loose skirt that is tied with a waistband and so many pleats. Accordingly, 7 to 8 meters of cloth is used for a skirt. The clothes they use in Shaliteh is mostly made of colorful canvas or cotton. Additionally, they use special, colorful, and shiny ribbons and stripes that they sew on the skirt (Called “Navar Douzi” and “Roban Douzi” in Persian). They also use square shape scarfs (1.5*1.5 meter square) and they fold and put on the triangle shaped scarf. Men have their special clothes as well. They wear long loose black trousers.

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