The Mud Village of Abyaneh

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Abyaneh Village is located on top of the hills, 70 km southeast of Kashan. A small 13th century fortress safe guarded this picturesque Zoroastrian village until Safavid sectarian intolerance drove many of the community to India, even today the official tourist pamphlet omits any reference to Zoroastrianism. A ruined but extensive fire temple built in three stages, perhaps dating from the 3rd century lies in the center of the village, and nearby is the Masjed-e-Jame with a Safavid entry portal and vestibule, with a Seljuk mihbar and a 14th century mihrab inside the prayer hall.

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