The village is located 7000 ft above sea-level and 40 kilometers from the city of Natanz ( Nuclear Centrifuges !) in Isfahan province on a steep foothill.It is situated northwest of Karkas Mountain in the Zagros Mountain Range. This is a village of living traditions, architectural styles (all in red clay), and probably the most interesting example of human adaptation to nature, wherein one can transcend the boundaries of time and space and experience the ancient civilization and culture of Iran. The village is compact, with narrow and sloped lanes, and houses located on the slope as if placed on a stairway. Here, the roofs of some houses are used to serve as the courtyard for other houses higher up on the slope. The language spoken by the literate people of Abyaneh is Parthian Pahlavi.The women's traditional costume consisting of a scarf with floral motifs and pleated pants is particularly attractive.
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