The village of Abyaneh lies at an altitude of 2235m in the mountains of central Iran, about 50km southeast of Kashan. The village is at least 1500 years old and consists of red mud brick houses with lattice windows and narrow alleys, located in a valley around a small river. It is a popular tourist destination and receives many Iranian and foreign visitors every year. The old women in Abyaneh still wear the traditional dress consisting of a long white scarf and a skirt. Abyaneh stayed Zoroastrian until the Safavid dinasty, when the village was forcibly converted to Islam.
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