0731 GMT March 30, 2020
In the oldest maps of the different historical periods, one can see the name of Kerman as the most populous city in the east of the country, according to ifpnews.com.
After thousands of years, the city has retained its status in various fields, and in recent years has become one of the main tourist destinations of the country.
Construction of numerous hotels and traditional inns in Kerman’s historic homes, building of 140 ecotourism centers in various regions of the province, especially in cities and villages close to the globally-registered historical sites, boom of crafts markets and the creation of new tourist routes along with the boosting of the culture of hosting tourists have prepared Kerman Province for a major leap in the tourism industry.
Six historical sites of Kerman Province have been registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
They include Arg-e Bam (Bam Citadel), Shazdeh Garden, the Rocky Village of Maymand, Jupar and Bam qanats, Lut Desert and the Shirikipich kilims of Darestan Village.
Apart from these historical sites, the province is home to numerous other sites which deserve to be registered in the World Heritage List including Haj-Aqa Ali House as one of the largest and most astonishing adobe houses in the world, Grand Bazaar of Kerman as the largest market place in the Middle East, Konar Sandal hills as the symbol of civilization, Fat’h-Abad Garden, and Arg-e Rayen as the second largest adobe structure of the world.
With over 600 nationally-registered works and hundreds of historical houses, Kerman has attracted a great number of visitors.
Statistics show that Kerman has an acceptable place among the tourist destinations of the country in the current year.
In the first half of the Norouz holidays (March 21-28), 1.5 million people have visited the province.
The number of foreign tourists — especially from Europe and the Far East — has grown by 80 percent.