Located far from the most important industrial areas and the rich farmlands of the north and west, the province of Kerman is sparsely populated. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the province boasts a remarkably cosmopolitan capital dotted with ancient monuments attesting its importance junction in early Iranian history.
Abandoned caravansaries and crumbling fortifications in many parts of the province indicate that for centuries it was an important junction on the caravan routes, connecting Iran and the subcontinent.
In the early nineteenth century, Ebrahim Khan, Governor of Kerman, constructed an attractive ensemble of three buildings inside the Kerman Bazaar including a lovely madrasseh built around a garden courtyard. But Kerman is probably best known for the Ganj-Ali-Khan complex, including the bazaar, hamam (bathhouse) converted into a museum, caravanserai and traditional teahouse, all with the finest tile and stucco work.
Kerman’s bazaar offers, in addition to the region’s renowned carpets, some of Iran’s finest textiles, and the province’s delicious dates.