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“Needs maintenance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kandovan

Kandovan
Tabriz, Iran
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Tabriz
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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“Needs maintenance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This place is awesome. You may find it hard to believe, but people actually live in those houses! I think it's unique in the world in that regard.
I had a great time there with my family. We stayed in one of the houses for a day. It was early spring and it was a little cold there. The local people are kind and unlike many places in Iran, they smile generously! Oh, one fun fact about Kandovan: a relative of mine who used to teach there around 20 years ago told me that when she first visited Kandovan, the local people were not used to outsiders coming and visiting their village, so they would run away and hide whenever they saw outsiders!
All the brick houses that you will see there have been built recently. It is a pity that the local people as well as outsiders are being allowed to ruin the beauty of this place with those brick buildings. They need to tear those buildings down and preserve the character of the village. I would have rated this place 5 if it were not for the brick houses.

Visited May 2013
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“Kandovan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We drove up through the clouds to this magical place on top of the world. The view, (and the altitude) took our breath away. The air smelled sweet with the scent of ripe apricots and honey. And then there were the houses............................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcHAb4yFmB8

Visited June 2013
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Tabriz, Iran
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“It is wonderfull,people live in clifs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

wonderfull clifs that from ancient till now some people made them home for their living.there is a small village near these clifs and also there is a underground ancient city about 1kilometre far from here,its name is "Hilevar".

Visited July 2013
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Tehran, Iran
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“Human Settlement in Volcanic Rock Formation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

There are similar settlements in other parts of the world too. This one is interesting and still inhabited. Life and a particular culture is alive there. People live like in the ancient times, make carpets, kilims, and other handicrafts to sell. There are peanuts and honey for sale as well.

If you want to enjoy the site, I don't recommend it in a rainy day as the muddy water mixed with other stuff from the stables start running down the slopes of the hill-side like village, where you step to go up and down!

Visited November 2013
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Tabriz, Iran
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“Kandovan, an old village excavated in rocks.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Kandovan is a small village near Tabriz city of Iran. Houses are excavated in rocks. The village is 4000 years old. Recently a 5 star Hotel has opened in this village that is excavated in rocks too, like the houses.

Visited August 2013
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