Masouleh is a small mountain village in Caspian Iran.
Masouleh architecture is unique. The buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Masouleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. However, the small streets and many stairs simply also wouldn't make it possible for vehicles to enter.
The spectacular architecture of Masouleh is well-known as "The yard of the above building is the roof of the below building".
Yellow clay coats the exterior of most buildings in Masouleh. This allows for better visibility in the fog.
Buildings are mostly 2 stories (1st floor and below floor) made of adobe, rods and bole. Small living room, big Guest room, winter room, Hall, WC and Balcony are usually found in 1st floor. Cold closet, barn and stable are located at below floor that attaches to the upper floor by several narrow steps inside the building.
There are four main local communities at the village named: "Maza-var" (meaning: beside the Mosque) at the south, "Khana-var" (meaning: beside homes) at the East, "Kasha-sar" (meaning: stretched on top) at the North, and, "Assa-mahala" (meaning: Assad community) at the West. Apparently down-town is the Market (Bazaar) area and also the main mosque of the village, named: "O-ne-ben-ne Ali".
Minibus or savari from Fuman which is reachable by same mean of transport from Rasht. There are daily buses from Rasht to Tehran. There is also a direct bus connection from Tehran to Fuman and back but it might be harder to find.
There is a path on the other side of the village. It is a very nice walk.
There are restaurants catering for tourists. Also, you can buy tasty fresh made bread from market, other supplies from a couple of shops and prepare something to eat yourself.
Many people in the village rent out rooms and this is probably the cheapest and most atmospheric way to spend the night. There is a couple of small hotels which have decent size rooms with bathroom and kitchen. In the bottom of the village there is a larger hotel but it is not recommended.
There is no internet cafes but there are public telephones available.
Masouleh Natural Springs
Masouleh has more than 2 natural springs, the most important of which are:
This fountain is located near the Masuleh River and because of its location near an iron mine, it has a very bitter iron taste.
The water color of this spring along the route to Masuleh River is seen in orange and the locals drink it after adding sugar. It is said to have a significant effect on the treatment of gastrointestinal and pulmonary diseases.
Ali Zakhuni spring
This spring is one of the most important mineral springs of Gilan, which is located above Masuleh market and is used for drinking water. The water of this spring is rich in bicarbonate and therefore it is effective in treating disorders of the human digestive system.