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Natanz (Kashan)

Natanz is a small mountain town located about 80 kilometers from Kashan, famed for its bracing climate and fruit orchards. Natanz pears are famous throughout the country. It is situated in the Northern part of Isfahan & about 30 km away from the desert and at a height of 1600m above sea level. Its geographical status, outstanding scenery and varied wild animals, attracts many hunters and natural lovers. Vulture mountain looms over the town, and local residents point in its direction telling how the troops of Alexander killed the Achaemenian King, Darius III, nearby.

Many small shrines dot the mountainside. The attractions of this small town are far big than itself between which Abdol-Samad tomb and Jame' Mosque are notable.

A group of splendid tiled and stucco buildings surround the shrine of the thirteenth century Sufi Teacher and mystic Shaykh Abd al-Samad Esfahani. The elements in the present complex date from 1304 with subsequent additions and restorations. The lofty minaret was dated 1325. The pyramidal roof was over the tomb of the Shaykh, which was dated 1307. The Shaykh's tomb lies beyond the tiled facade of the khanaqah or Sufi monastery built in 1313. The tile work resembles in quality and design the contemporary work at Soltaniyyeh. It was likely that upon the completion of Oljaitu's tomb, craftsmen were despatched throughout the empire to ornament religious and public ornaments.

The Jame mosque of Natanz evokes history itself and is surrounded by lush and green garden. This precious structure dates back to the Ilkhanian Dynasty of the eighth century AH (After Hegira in the Islamic calender). The construction was attributed to the Oljaito Khodabandeh, the first Mongol king of Iran and his son Abbosaeed Bahador Khan.

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