Varkaneh Village in western Iran
Varkaneh Village is located 20 kilometers southeast of the city of Hamedan and considered one of the most beautiful renaissance villages of the country. This 400-year-old village dates back to the early Safavid era (1501-1722) and is unique in its use of rubble stone in the foundation and building of its homes. The village has lush orchards with walnut, apple and apricot trees. Varkaneh is one of the six villages in Hamedan Province to be registered as a National Heritage Site.
In the Kurdish dialect, var means side and kaneh means spring. So Varkaneh is a place located on the edge of a spring. The village, 2,250 m above sea level, has mild and lovely weather in the spring and summer. But it’s very cold in the winter. People first took up residence in the village during the early years of the Safavid era, almost four centuries ago.