Asef Vaziri mansion; Biggest Museum of Anthropology in Iran

Asef Vaziri mansion which is also called Kurdish House is one of the attractive and historical monuments in Sanandaj.

Iran (IMNA) – Asef Vaziri mansion, which is the symbol of the cultural identity of Kurds tribe, was built during the Safavid era; however, more parts or components were added to the building in Qajar and Pahlavi eras. The first founder of this monument was  Motamed Hashemiha's family (Amjad al-Ashraf), and Mirza Mohammad Reza Vaziri (Asef Divans' father) owned it.

The mansion includes external yards, internal residences, water distribution chambers and also a place for servants. Andarouni (interior part) of the mansion was private quarters used by women and servants, and Birouni (outer courtyard) was the public quarter used by men.

There is an iwan with six wooden pillars in this monument which are decorated with stucco works. A private bath was constructed in the southwest corner of the mansion, in the architectural style of Iranian bath with lime designs.

The building has a diamond shape which is surrounded by gardens, so it attracts everybody's eyes. The stucco works, mirror decorations, carved bricks and stones add to the beauty of this building.

Today, the southern part of this monument is turned a gallery and the northern part has been changed into a traditional tea house with a brick dome. The mansion was registered in the list of National Heritage Site, and it has been managed by Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization since 1997. It was reopened in 2003 as the biggest Museum of Anthropology in Iran.

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