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Photos: Snow In Village Of Ziarat

Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri, Mehr News Agency

Village of Ziarat is located in Golestan province of Iran. According to manan-khorasani, this village, which is a popular tourist destination, has a different culture and architecture compared to other villages in the province.

Ziarat in Persian means pilgrimage. But it seems the name of the village has nothing to do with an Islamic shrine located in the village. Rather, based on ancient ruins and historic data, it seems this village has been one of the centers of worship for the Buddhists who would gather there from all over Asia.



Golestan is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the north-east of the country, south of the Caspian Sea. Its capital is Gorgan. It was split off from the province of Mazandaran in 1997. It has a population of 1.7 million (2005) and an area of 20,380 km square. The major townships of the province are: Gorgan, Gonbad Kavoos, Bandar Torkaman, Bandar Gaz, Ali Abad, Kord Kooy, Fenderesk and Minoo Dasht.


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