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An Interesting hour in Qazvin

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Many things have come across my way most unexpectedly. Recently during a business trip with the CEO of PKCF to and around Qazvin, we arrived early for our meeting with Mohandess Haydari who is the head of Nousazi Madaress (new schools building) in Qazvin province and Mohandess Ghiyassvand. This office in all my dealings with them has been most efficient.

Since everything was ready we finished our meeting early and so we had about an hour before heading to our next meeting in Jaffarabad to visit an extension to a school PKCF has built there. Mohandess Haydari kindly lent us his car and his driver for a quick tour around Qazvin which incidentally none of us had seen before.

Mr Sohrabi our guide/driver was very well informed and at the end of the hour we all realized how much more there was to see and we promised to come back here again as real tourists.

Qazvin, which is about 90km to the west of Tehran has been quite famous in the past. It was chosen as the capital during the Safavid era and it was also an important and significant city during the time of the Ghajars. Qazvin is a city of about a million inhabitants and it seemed that everyone was out when we were driving around; but we managed to see the a few of the main sights including the not yet opened traditional tea house and museum of anthropology and the restored Ghajar bath complex.

When I was doing a research for this piece I realized that Ali Akbar Dehkhoda (linguist and compiler of the first Persian dictionary), Obeid Zakani (poet and satirist) and Hamdollah Mostowfi (historian) all came from Qazvin.

There are many mosques from different periods which worth seeing as well as many tombs and water springs and reservoirs as well as caravanserais (an ancient type motel for passengers and cattle). I am sure you all would guess that there one finds many old and new bazaars and last but not least what we found very pleasant was the garden of the museum of the Kolah Farangi building. It was a pity that we could not go inside, but we will next time.

I have a few pictures from this quick tour of Qazvin for you to share. Jaye shoma khali (we missed you)!

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