TEHRAN – More than 1.5 million visits were made to tourist attractions and museums in Lorestan Province, western Iran, in the last Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 20) , the provincial tourism chief announced on Sunday.
The Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress in Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, was the main destination with more than 220,000 visits, IRNA reported.
Foreign tourists have also made more than 1,000 visits to the province, which is one of the lesser-known travel destinations in Iran, and mainly serves as a gateway to neighboring Khuzestan province which is home to the UNESCO sites of Susa, Tchogha Zanbil and the historic Shushtar hydraulic system. .
Lorestan is also an area of ââraw beauty that a nature lover could spend weeks exploring.
Lorestan was inhabited by Iranian Indo-European peoples, including the Medes, c. 1000 BC. The Cimmerians and Scythians ruled the area intermittently from around 700 to 625 BC. Luristan bronzes, known for their eclectic array of Assyrian, Babylonian and Iranian artistic motifs, date from this turbulent period.
Lorestan was incorporated into the growing Achaemenid Empire around 540 BC and successively became part of the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanid dynasties.
Photo: Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress in Khorramabad, Lorestan province.
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