A Less-Visited Destination

The houses in this city are strange. Many buildings over 150 years old are still inhabited, and some of them contain bricks taken from the Great Wall of Gorgan. According to a report from an ISNA cultural heritage journalist, Gomishan (in Golestan province) is a city which very few people visit while travelling to the […]

The houses in this city are strange. Many buildings over 150 years old are still inhabited, and some of them contain bricks taken from the Great Wall of Gorgan.

According to a report from an ISNA cultural heritage journalist, Gomishan (in Golestan province) is a city which very few people visit while travelling to the North of Iran, despite its historical houses.

Javid Imanian, a historical expert on Gomishan, remarked, “The name ‘Gomishan’ derives from the Gomesh hill, which means ‘Silver Hill’. They thought that there was silver in the hill, which is why it was called ‘Gomesh Tepe’ in the Turkmen language.”

He continued, “The existence of archaeological hill-sites around Gomesh Tepe suggests an ancient civilization in this region. This is especially the case with the Great Wall of Gorgan, which is the third-longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China and the Limes Germanicus. The Turkmens call it Qazal Al’an.

“Gomesh Tepe was one of the commercial ports between Iran and Russia in the Qajar era,” he added. “In addition to trade, there was an influence from Russian architecture, which was mixed with local and Iranian styles in some of the structures here. There aren’t any buildings like this to be found anywhere in the country. Gomishan’s buildings are unique, and the only similar examples can be found in certain parts of Azerbaijan, Russia and Central Asia.”

 

 

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