Village of Abyaneh sits at the foot of Karkass Mountain - its is 70km southeast of Kashan in Isfahan province

Village of Abyaneh sits at the foot of Karkass Mountain - its is 70km southeast of Kashan in Isfahan province

The minute I stepped out of the car, I was met by this ferocious looking dog - later it turned out that he was a friendly dog

The minute I stepped out of the car, I was met by this ferocious looking dog - later it turned out that he was a friendly dog

Quiet streets of Abyaneh - only 200-250 people live in this village, nearly all of the residents are old people

Quiet streets of Abyaneh - only 200-250 people live in this village, nearly all of the residents are old people

This village sits in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains

This village sits in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains

Abyaneh is characterized by reddish hue (due to the colour of the clay), the village is one of the oldest in Iran

Abyaneh is characterized by reddish hue (due to the colour of the clay), the village is one of the oldest in Iran

The Zoroastrian fire temple sits above this arch - though not in use now and it dates back to the Sassanian period

The Zoroastrian fire temple sits above this arch - though not in use now and it dates back to the Sassanian period

Looking at the fire temple from the opposite side of the street

Looking at the fire temple from the opposite side of the street

A warren of steep, twisting lanes and walking up and down hill, passing under many arches is the trademark of Abyaneh

A warren of steep, twisting lanes and walking up and down hill, passing under many arches is the trademark of Abyaneh

Most of the houses have flat rooftops but sometimes the roof of one house can be the courtyard of the other

Most of the houses have flat rooftops but sometimes the roof of one house can be the courtyard of the other

Crumbling red mud-brick houses with lattice windows and fragile wooden balconies attract people to visit this place

Crumbling red mud-brick houses with lattice windows and fragile wooden balconies attract people to visit this place

It is believed that this village is around 1500 years old

It is believed that this village is around 1500 years old

Abyaneh is mainly watered by the River of Barzrud and has a cold climate due to it's elevation

Abyaneh is mainly watered by the River of Barzrud and has a cold climate due to it's elevation

Most of the houses have balconies which offer plenty of sunshine in winter months and fresh air in summer

Most of the houses have balconies which offer plenty of sunshine in winter months and fresh air in summer

These bealconies are constructed with the local timber and mud

These bealconies are constructed with the local timber and mud

This village offers its visitors a unique window into the Persian history of it's people and their culture

This village offers its visitors a unique window into the Persian history of it's people and their culture

The Porzaleh Mosque of Abyaneh - this mosque was built during the Illkhanid reign in the oldest part of the village

The Porzaleh Mosque of Abyaneh - this mosque was built during the Illkhanid reign in the oldest part of the village

Exterior of the Nara Water Reservoir in Abyaneh - in the past,  this was the main source of water in the village

Exterior of the Nara Water Reservoir in Abyaneh - in the past, this was the main source of water in the village

Few steps and it brings visitors to the bottom of the dried reservoir

Few steps and it brings visitors to the bottom of the dried reservoir

The Jame Mosque of Abyaneh dates back to the eleventh century

The Jame Mosque of Abyaneh dates back to the eleventh century

This quiet village attracts local and foreign tourists all year round due to it's unique houses and their residents

This quiet village attracts local and foreign tourists all year round due to it's unique houses and their residents

The women’s traditional costume consisting of a scarf with floral designs and long pants

The women’s traditional costume consisting of a scarf with floral designs and long pants

This lady would only allow me to photograph her if I would buy some thing from her - she was selling dry fruits and lucky charm bracelets

This lady would only allow me to photograph her if I would buy some thing from her - she was selling dry fruits and lucky charm bracelets

This grave belongs to one of the Iran-Iraq war heroes and it was situated in the courtyard of shrine of Imamzade Yahya and Hassan

This grave belongs to one of the Iran-Iraq war heroes and it was situated in the courtyard of shrine of Imamzade Yahya and Hassan

View of the mountains and an orchard from the shrine of Imamzade Yahya and Hassan

View of the mountains and an orchard from the shrine of Imamzade Yahya and Hassan

An old wooden door of a house

An old wooden door of a house

View of the traditional houses in Abyaneh

View of the traditional houses in Abyaneh

This open square is the place where most elderly inhabitants of the village meet ( I was told) - though I didn't see any of them

This open square is the place where most elderly inhabitants of the village meet ( I was told) - though I didn't see any of them

Terraced houses of the village in the evening sunlight

Terraced houses of the village in the evening sunlight

A quiet street of Abyaneh with the mountains in the background

A quiet street of Abyaneh with the mountains in the background

Driving out of Abyaneh - the poplar trees were lined on both sides of the road

Driving out of Abyaneh - the poplar trees were lined on both sides of the road

In the month of February, the area has light brown feel to it but spring was only around the corner

In the month of February, the area has light brown feel to it but spring was only around the corner

Some of the trees in a roadside orchard were already flowering

Some of the trees in a roadside orchard were already flowering