Kashan is full of beautiful historic houses which are among the best tourist attractions in Kashan. But the Tabatabei Historical House is different, as sometimes it is mentioned as the “bride of all the houses in Iran”. If you want to see a masterpiece in Kashan, you should visit Tabatabaei Historical House. It is the most popular and most well-known historical house in this city. It is a mixture of art and architecture. Something that you can’t see any other place except here. It is also one of the best places to take photographs.
Brief History about Tabatabaei Historical House
Tabatabaei Historical House is so huge. It is 4730 square meters and has 40 different rooms. The house was built in 1880 during the Qajar era. Like other historical houses in the desert cities such as Kashan or Yazd, this house windcatcher. As it is very big, there are three windcatchers, four courtyards, four basements, and a big garden in this house. The house and its rooms are around the courtyard.
The house belonged to one of the wealthiest international carpet traders who were from Natanz but lived in Kashan whose name was Haj Seyyed Jafar Tabatabaei. He exported many great and luxurious carpets to Russia and India. To build the most opulent house of the city, he chose the best architect of Kashan whose name was Ustad Ali Maryam (He also built the Boroujerdi Historical House which is very close to this place and another great historical house in Kashan). The construction of this house took 10 years. However, in the end, you can see how splendid it is with detailed decorations and designs. As the house was so big, all the family could live there. That’s why every historical house in Kashan or Yazd is called by the name of its owners.
Tabatabaei Historical House Architecture Features
The style of the architecture of this house is introspective architecture. In this style, the rooms are located where they are not visible from any other houses around. The house also doesn’t have any special view from outside. All the decoration and design of the house is in its interior. The people of that time believed that if the exterior of the house becomes as great as its interior, it will bring them bad luck. Therefore, none of the historical houses has beautiful or any decoration in their exterior.
Since the house is so huge, there are 5 entrances to the house. However, today only the main entrance is open to visitors. After passing a hallway, you enter the big courtyard. This place is the exterior of the house which is a few steps downside of the main floor. Like other historic houses, there is a big pool with fountains inside the courtyard which make a calm atmosphere in this place.
The best part of the house, which might also be the most beautiful one, is on the southern side of the exterior. The rooms on this side are designed especially for the guests and traders. It was also a place where most of the events took place. Therefore, it has more detailed decorations. In this part, you can see a room with seven doors which has a tall ceiling too. This was called the big salon or the king’s room. As it has many mirrors, it is also called the mirror room.
Places nearby Tabatabaei Historical House Kashan
Tabatabaei Historical House is located where many other historical houses are. The most popular one is the Saraye Ameriha House which has been turned in to a boutique hotel. It is only 450 meters away from this place. The other well-known attraction in Kashan is the Boroujerdiha Historical House which is just a few steps away from this house. You can get there on foot in 1 minute. The Tabatabaei Historical House is also very close to other attractions in Kashan such as the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, the Abbasian Historical House and the Taj Historical House. If you want to stay in any hotels near these historical houses, especially the Tabatabaei Historical House, aside from the Saraye Ameriha Boutique Hotel, which is the best hotel in Kashan, you can choose the Iranian House which is another great hotel with more affordable price.
How to get to Tabatabaei Historical House
First of all, there are many great hotels in this location. If you choose to stay in any of them, as mentioned earlier, you can easily walk to any of the well-known historical houses in Kashan. But if you are a little farther from this location and are staying in hotels like the Amir Kabir Hotel or the Negarestan Hotel, which are located in Amir Kabir Street, you can easily take a bus or taxi. However, if you rent a car or take a tour, you can easily see all the tourist attractions in Kashan in one day.
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