Kish Trade Promotion Center
History of Kish Island
Kish has a long history of about 3,000 years, being called under various names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss in the course of time. In 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned Niarkus to set off an expedition voyage into the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Niarkus's writings indicate that he visited Araracta in the 4th century BC.
His descriptions of Araracta precisely match with the characteristics of Kish.
KARIZ - E- KISH
Once again, greatness, ability, creative power, intention and diligence have appeared in revival of one of the Iranian Traditions. Those who were living on Kish Island tens of centuries ago, with their Iranian inherent intelligence in building aqueducts-under ground canal-mostly known as Qanat or Kariz-stroked the coralline layers of Kish Island in search of potable water, and were rewarded with "fresh water" or "sweet water" as the people say here. for centuries afterwards, the sweet water of Kish Island not only relieved the thirst of the local residents, but by exporting it to neighboring state, the local residents could swapping it with sugar or cash.
Nowadays, the Kariz Kish has changed into a world unique phenomenon. The ancient canal were expanded, and an bellow the surface of the Kish Island, with museum, art galleries, handicraft workshops, traditional and modern tea/coffee shops. The present length of the under ground complex is about 3000 meters, and the visitors will have the choice either to walk inside it or to sail in power/pedals boats and see its beauties on board.
The Ancient Town of Harireh
Traditional Water Reservoirs
Drinking water in
Kish is somehow limited. That is why, since ancient times, the indigenous
people resorted to different methods of supplying their drinking water.
The remnants of some of them attest to this fact.
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