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Great mosque of Semnan, Iran.
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Great mosque of Semnan, Iran.

Gates of the castle, Semnan, Iran.
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Gates of the castle, Semnan, Iran.

Town in northern Iran with 120,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) at an elevation 1,138 metres above sea level at the southern foot of the Alborz Mountains. Semnan is the capital of Semnan Province with 590,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 96,816 km².
Semnan is the regional market for local grains, cotton, and tobacco. Of industries in town, the production of textiles and carpets are the most important. Semnan has traditionally been an important stopover on the trade routes between Teheran and Mashhad, and is today linked with the two cities by road and railways.
The main landmark of Semnan is the 15th century Friday Mosque. Older, however is the nearby 11th century ornamented Seljuq minaret with an octagonal balcony.




By Tore Kjeilen