Damghan an historic caravan town that sits on the edge of a great desert plateau in northeastern Iran is backed by parched rocky ridges and is well worth a visit.
The towns crumbling mud walled buildings are now being replaced by modern construction but there are many religious structures in expertly faceted brick that are within easy walking distance from the central area.
The Tarikhuneh Mosque
The Tarikhuneh Mosque is a partially ruined mud-brick structure that dates back from AD 760 possibly making it the second oldest mosque in Iran.
There are broken columns and partly renovated arches of a courtyard that are huge and undecorated but in contrast the 30m high AD 1038 brick minaret is delicately detailed.
The Tarikhuneh Mosque is located at Motahhari Street and is open 8am to 1.30pm & 3pm – dusk Saturday – Thursday.
The Jameh Mosque
Although founded a millennium ago the Jameh Mosque looks outwardly new. This mosque also has a fine minaret that probably dates from the mid 11th century.
Pir Alamdar Tower
Just down the lane from the Jameh Mosque you will come to the round Pir Alamdar Tower. This tower dates from AD 1020 and its original conical roof has been replaced by a newer dome of brick.
If you are able to get into the tower (this can be hit and miss) you will see some remarkable Kufic inscriptions.
The Chehel Dokhtar Tower
This is an attractive tower of ancient brick with round-sided towers and arched false windows.
The tower has a five level dome that is topped with a brick cone. All in all the Chehel Dokhtar Tower looks like it could be a movie set North African castle.
Where to Stay
Amir Hotel (tel:523 1776)
You will find the Amir Hotel located above a popular restaurant at Varzesh Square.
The rooms here are comfy and have bathrooms. The lobby of the hotel is cozy and the reception is friendly.
Hotel Danesh (tel:523 1121))
This should probably used if all the other hotels are full. But it is well maintained and un-fussy with rooms that are acceptable. It does have to be said that the beds although new are somewhat uncomfortable. On the upside the rooms have air-conditioning, refrigerators and small balconies.
You will find the Hotel Danesh at Beheshti Street.
Damghan Inn (tel:524 2070)
You will find this swish hotel on Azadi Blvd in fact you will not be able to miss the multiple domed roof.
This hotel was designed to offer all midrange facilities whilst vaguely resembling a caravanserai.
Damghan has its own terminal, which does look more like a covered bazaar.
Source: Iran – The Lonely Planet