City of Gorgan
Gorgan is the capital of Golestan province, which is Located near the Caspian Sea, the city is surrounded by the Gorgan Plain in the north and the lush forests of the Alborz Mountain range in the south. Historical structure of Gorgan city is the most unique historical structure in north of Iran, which has been registered as the 41st historical monument of Iran on the list of Iran’s national monuments on September 16, 1931. The original city of Gorgan, which was known as Verkana in Old Persian and Hyrcania in Greek sources later came to be known as Astarabad until 1937. The civilization in this region dates back to six thousand years ago. Gorgan city has always had an epochal role in the blossoming of Iran’s culture and civilization; therefore, it was known as Dar al Momenin (House of believers) during the Safavid era. Gorgan is also known for its daily local markets where Turkmen nomads sell their handicrafts such as woolen carpets, silk textiles and handmade jewelry. Gorgan is sister cities with Aktau in Kazakhstan and Samsun in Turkey.