About City Of Zanjan
Zanjan is an ancient city. In Ptolemy’s Geography, the city is referred to as Aganzana. It is said that the Sassanid king, Ardeshir Babakan, reconstructed the city and called it Shahin but later it was renamed Zangan,,of which the present name is the arabicized form.
Before the Mongol invasion, Zanjan was a flourishing city and its famous fortress, Sar-Jahaan, was quite well known. The city and its fortress, however, were completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion.
Natural and Historical Sights of Interest
Zanjan is a green and pleasant city. The Zanjan-rood, (the Zanjan River) which originates near the city of Soltaniyeh, runs past Zanjan. On the banks of this river there are large orchards and natural forests, such as the Forest Park of Zanjan, providing pleasant places of recreation for the inhabitants.
To the north of the province, there is the Taarom Valley with a moderate climate and overlooking the Ghizil Ozan river. Along the Zanjan-Tehran Motorway, there are places of interest including the beautiful plains of Soltaniyeh, 40 kilometers east of Zanjan; Saa-in Ghal ’e, 60 kilometres away; and Khorram-darreh and Abhar, 80 kilometers away. These regions with green hills and huge orchards have a cool and refreshing climate.
Zanjan province, whose towns are located at the foots of high mountains offers plenty of attraction to mountain-climbers. The existence of natural caves such as Kataleh-Khor in Khodaa-bandeh 80 kilometers east of Zanjan, attracts many visitors every year. In winter, the Paapa ’ee ski resort, only 30 kilometers from Zanjan, is covered with snow for three months offering skiers an opportunity to enjoy themselves.
There are also historical buildings in the province. The Soltaniyeh Dome, an important historical monument built under Sultan Uljaitoo in the fourteenth century A.D. is in the process of restoration. The explorers who visited the Dome in its early good shape considered it as one of the most interesting and important structures built in the Islamic era.
The congregational mosque of Zanjan and the city’s ancient bazaar are also among the places of interest. In addition to these, the shrines of Chalabi Oghli and Mullah Hassan Kaashaani near Soltaniyeh and that of Seyed Ebrahim in Zanjan which are a few hundred years old can also be cited among the places of interest.