Kandovan Village - unique architecture, Iran's historic rock village, Osku

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Kandovan Village, Osku County, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran.

Kandovan is a historic village located in the northern Iranian province of East Azerbaijan. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Sahand, and is famous for its unique architecture and natural beauty.

The village is notable for its troglodyte dwellings, which are carved directly into the volcanic rocks of the surrounding mountains. These houses are believed to have been inhabited for over 700 years, and many are still inhabited today. The village is also home to a number of historic and cultural landmarks, including a 13th-century mosque and an ancient cemetery


The people of Kandovan are primarily involved in agriculture, with many farming crops such as wheat, barley, and potatoes. Some families also keep livestock, such as sheep, goats, and cows. In recent years, tourism has also become an important industry for the village, with visitors coming to explore the unique rock dwellings and learn about the local culture and way of life. The villagers also sell handicrafts and souvenirs to tourists, such as pottery, carpets, and embroidery.

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