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Photos: Siahkal and Deylaman, Iran's Gilan Province

Photos: Siahkal and Deylaman, Iran's Gilan Province

Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA



Siahkal is located 15 km far from Lahijan in a plain area. Shimrood, a small river, flows through the city creating a special beauty. Due to its geographical position, the city enjoys a mild and humid climate affected by the cooler climate of highland areas. The name of the city is composed of (Si) and (Kal). Si means foothill and kal means place, however, it changed to Siahkal in the course of time. The city consists of two districts of Central and Deylaman.


Siahkal is one of the spectacular places to visit in Guilan both from the historical point of view and its natural scenery. The region is known as the land of Deylam Ancient Nation. The main road of the countryside passed through Siahkal and then along the Shimrood River current it goes forward to Deylaman mountain heights. Nice and green nature, Lateh-roofed local house, roofs covered with special torn pieces of wood, along with sociable and hospitable people have promoted tourist attractions of the region.


Siahkal has a brilliant historical background. Deylaman is the original cradle of one of the powerful ruling dynasties of Iran called 'Al Bouyaeh' who even capture Bagdad, the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate. This territory  has been famous for the place of refuge for the Shias and a lot of Iranian scholars came from the very territory. Needles to say, they have kept their tribal homogeneity to this day. The major products are: fruit crops, sericulture, high-grade honey and patch crops. Besides, decorative pottery products, woodworking and Sewing of local dresses are thriving in the region. (Source:


Gilan is one of the provinces of Iran. It lies along the Caspian Sea, just west of the province of Mazandaran, east of the province of Ardabil, north of the provinces of Zanjan and Qazvin. Northern part of province is part of territory of South (Iranian) Talysh. The center of the province is the city of Rasht. Other towns in the province include Astara, Astaneh-e Ashrafiyyeh, Fuman, Lahijan, Langrud, Masouleh, Manjil, Rudbar, Roudsar, Shaft, Talesh, and Soumahe Sara.



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