The Capital of Luristan Province, Khorramabad is located among the valleys of the Zagros Mountain range and as the roads connecting Tehran-Khuzestan pass through it, it is considered a strategic city. Khorramabad neighbors the cities of Selseleh in the north, Boroujerd in the northeast, Doroud and Aligoudarz in the east, Andimeshk in the south and Doureh and Pol-e Dokhtar in the west and southwest.
Khorramabad has Mediterranean Climate and experiences hot, low humidity summers and cold, wet winters. The city has one of the highest levels of annual rainfall in Iran particularly in the spring and winter.
The history of the city dates back to the Elamite era when it was named Khaidalou. The Sassanids (226-651 CE) founded a city named Shapur-Khwast on the ruins of Khaidalou and Shapur I (215-270 CE) built a fortress there which is known today as Falak-ol-Aflak Castle.
Gerdab Sangi, a manmade pond built from stone and Sarooj (mix of lime and clay) mortar, and the Shapuri (Shapoori) Bridge are two of the structures which have survived from Sassanid times.
Shapur-Khwast was destroyed in the Mongol attack and the current city of Khorramabad, which means green city, was founded in the 13th century.
Khorramabad has several historical attractions such as the Seljuq era (1038-1118) Khorramabad Inscription, which is a government decree in Kufic and Persian script, the Akhound Abu House where the Chief Justice of the city once lived, heard cases and settled disputes and the 30-meter Brick Minaret which was once used to guide caravans and as a watchtower to protect the city.
Khorramabad is famed for its lush landscape from scenic waterfalls and green valleys to forests, rivers and natural springs. One of the most famous natural attractions of the city is the 48-meter Bisheh Waterfall, which is surrounded by oak trees.
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Top foods to try:
- Qalieh Torsh- A sour stew made with pomegranate juice, potato, onion, beef and turmeric.
- Gipeh- A dish made with sheep stomach, rice, caramelized onion, minced meat and caraway powder.
- Ardi Cookie- A pastry made with sugar and flour, served with Persian black tea.