The head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department in Zanjan Province, Amir Arjmand, said that during this period almost 6,000 foreign tourists visited the scenic spots in the province, while the figure stood 4,400 in the corresponding period last year, IRNA reported.
Arjmand added that over 259,000 Iranians have visited the monuments and museums in the province, registering a six-percent growth in the past nine months.
He added that the Dome of Soltaniyeh has been the most visited tourist attraction in the past nine months, registering 90,581 visitors from Iran and other countries.
Locally known as Gonbad-e Soltaniyeh, the UNESCO-registered Mausoleum of the Ilkhanid ruler Oljaytu is a prime tourist destination.
According to UNESCO, the mausoleum’s interior decoration is so outstanding that the American archeologist Arthur Upham Pope described the building as “anticipating the Taj Mahal.”
Arjmand added that during this period 45,000 Iranians and foreigners visited the Katale Khor Cave in Khodabandeh County.
The world’s largest brick dome, the most magnificent limestone cave in the world, with salt mummies dating back more than 2,000 years, the world’s longest covered market, and hospitable people have made Zanjan Province a popular and compassionate host for travelers and tourists.