The architecture of the village is quite unique; buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected in a way that the roof of one house can be regarded as the courthouse of another. Furthermore, these bi-functional surfaces serve as pedestrian walking areas as a street may do. Worthwhile to note is that Masouleh does not permit the use or entrance of any motor vehicle into any of its residential areas.
Gilan Rural Heritage Museum
The northern part of Iran in general and the province of Gilan in particular, have always been of paramount importance for both national and international anthropologists. Through centuries, delegations of researchers in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, archeology etc.) have come to Gilan in search of new insights into the locals’ ways of life: their architecture, customs, traditions, superstitions, cuisine, and of course the region’s natural and historic monuments.
A host of culturally-significant villages, situated in Gilan, are exactly what gives the province its unique rustic sense of heritage and Gilan Rural Heritage Museum is a landmark dedicated to preserving various aspects of the peoples’ traditions. Established in 2002 and located inside the Jungle Park of Saravan near the City of Rasht, the museum (including the cottages, the actors, and all the accommodations which have been set up inside this museum) provides tourists with the unique experience of actually living out the rustic life of Gilan in all its elaborate richness and complexity.