Hamadan

About the city or site

Known in classical times as Ecbatana, Hamadan was once one of the ancient world’s greatest cities.

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Pitifully little of antiquity remains, but significant parts of the city centre are given over to excavations and there is a scattering of historical curiosities

Additional information

Sitting on a high plain, Hamadan is graciously cool in August, but snow-prone and freezing cold from December to March. In the summer the air is often hazy, but on a rare, clear spring day there are impressive glimpses of snowcapped Mt Alvand (3580m) preening itself above the ragged neo-colonial cupolas of Imam Khomeini Sq.

A popular summer retreat, Hamadan’s main draw card for Iranian visitors is its proximity to the Ali Sadr Caves.

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