Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Maymand village

Maymand village in Iran is pristine in nature and is enjoyable for few days, far from hustle and bustle of cities. It is also a historic village that worth travel and watch. Maymand village that has been around for thousands of years, and it seems time stops in this village. The village of Meymand or Maymand in Kerman is one of those heritages listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The historic village of Maymand is 38 kilometers from Babak city of Kerman which itself is 238 km far away Kerman. But why should you visit Meymand once atleast? For these reasons:

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What does Maymand mean?

Maymand is a word derived from two words May and mand. May means wine and mand means drunkenness. What they say about Maymand village also derives from this meaning, a term that the villagers also believe in it. It is well known that people in this area drunk at that time and when they got drunk, they drilled holes in the heart of the mountain. Others, however, believe that Maymand means fortune and Blessed. However, beliefs are different, and some believe that the villagers migrated from Maymand in Fars and that is why they called it Maymand, which doesn’t seem unlikely by comparing the age of the village and the early settlers.

What people do in Maymand village?

Most of the inhabitants of Maymand village keep livestock, and in the first four months of the year they bring their livestock to the plain. But in the next four months, they do horticultural activities, and they come to the area in winters. The old people of Maymand used to spend the cold winter days knitting carpets, rugs, felt and baskets, though these days, unfortunately, these arts in the village have become less dense than before.

What to do in Maymand village?

After sightseeing in Maymand and talking with other well-known villagers in this area, you can visit other places. From Rafsanjan to Maymand is 135km, it’s about 1 hours and 40 minutes. After arriving in Rafsanjan, it is about 20 kilometers to the valley or the Arge Strait, one of the most amazing erosion areas in Iran. The Gyudari River runs through the rocks. Here is the deer shelter of Kerman province.

Then you can go to Sirjan, which is 110 kilometers, an hour and a quarter away from you. In Sirjan, you can visit Sirjan’s twin frosted iceberg and chibouk wind catcher. You can also visit the stone garden which is one of the wonders of Iran in Sirjan village. In Rafsanjan, the house of Haj Agha Ali, the largest mud brick house in the world, is waiting for you.

Best time to travel to Maymand village

The best time to travel to Maymand is near spring as well as summer. Of course, in the early fall, travelers will also be enjoying their time in Maymand village.

Where to stay in Maymand?

You can spend the night on your trip to Meymand in the astonishing houses of this village, paying a visit to their kind owners, as well as to nearby towns like Kerman and Rafsanjan. Don’t worry about eating in Maymand, either sitting with the villagers at a table or visiting the traditional village tables.

About Cultural Landscape of Maymand village

Cultural Landscape of Maymand village registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is a self-contained, semi-arid area, rocky village, a unique troglodyte village of kiche (cave-houses) and in fact, it is a memorable stop between Kerman and Yazd, Iran.
The cultural landscape of Maymand is one of the most ancient human settlements in the world that has survived from twelve thousand years ago. Ten-thousand year-old paintings and six-thousand year-old pottery are among the glowing documents that narrate the history of Maymand.

The villagers are semi-nomadic and living in temporary settlements in spring and autumn. The main occupation of the villagers is animal husbandry. The lifestyle of its people has continued in its traditional form.

There is a collection of different ancient sites such as scattered rocky houses, temples, castles and various towers (dating back thousands of years ago) that transformed Maymand from a village to a specific civilization complex.

Nobody knows who created and what the motives of these people were for the construction of such structures. The motives of the people of that time are very important because creation such a great collection at that time and with the primitive tools is unbelievable.


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