Masuleh - distinctive architecture and unique historic village, Gilan

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Masuleh Village, Masuleh Rudbar Road, Masuleh, Fuman County, Gilan Province, Iran.


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Masuleh is a historic village located in the northern Iranian province of Gilan. It is situated on the slopes of the Alborz mountain range, about 1,050 meters above sea level. The village is known for its unique architecture, which features houses and buildings built into the steep hillside, and interconnected by a series of narrow, winding lanes and stairways.

The village is believed to have been established over 1,000 years ago, and its distinctive architectural style has been preserved to this day. The houses in Masuleh are typically constructed from clay bricks and wooden beams, and are painted in shades of blue, green and yellow.

One of the most unique features of Masuleh is its microclimate, which allows for lush greenery, waterfalls, and cascading streams. The village is surrounded by dense forests and has a cool, humid climate, which makes it a popular destination for tourists and visitors.

In recognition of its unique cultural and architectural heritage, Masuleh has been designated a national heritage site by the Iranian government.


Due to its location in the mountainous region of Gilan province, agriculture is the main source of income for the villagers. They cultivate rice, tea, fruits, and vegetables on terraced fields and in small plots of land around the village. Some families also keep livestock such as cows, sheep, and chickens.

Tourism has also become an important source of income for the people of Masuleh. The village's unique architecture, natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage have attracted many domestic and international tourists over the years. Visitors can explore the narrow lanes, visit local tea houses and cafes, and purchase handicrafts made by the villagers.

Image source: Nick Taylor / flickr