Patrol in Khosf(South Khorasan province)

South Khorasan province is one of the best provinces for travel and experience, despite its many attractions. Near Birjand, the capital of the province, the old city of Khosf is one of those places with a history that is recommended to visit before going to Birjand.. The following travelogue is the result of a short walk of several hours in Khosf.

The cemetery of Ibn Hossam Khosfi
The aerial view of Khosaf, the old part northwest of Goab, is clear.

After a 15-hour bus ride from Tehran, we arrived in the historic city of Khosf at 7 am on the second of November. In the cool morning air we waited for the sun to reduce our lethargy a little. I asked the driver to keep us at the beginning of Khosf, where our friends had arrived earlier than us and were waiting for us..
Birjand road passes through Khosf and old Khosf is in the north of the boulevard and new Khosf is in the south of the main boulevard.
I had little knowledge about Khosf and decided to see and then research. We left the morning stop at a point north of the boulevard. Visiting points could be estimated almost from the map.

Goab Yard
Goab Yard
گوآب خوسف
گوآب خوسف

The pit space was like a big one in front of us and for Seeing Khosf, we had to go around it. The name of this large pit “گوآب” Is that a Kharin Bar In the spring of 2009, due to continuous rain, it was flooded here It was a kind of attraction. Now the example is an empty lake and old Khosf Bar It is the beach.

Around Old Khosf
Khosf windbreaks
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From the street next to Goab, make your way to the sloping castle we did. A castle that is just a place and a wall and unfortunately there is a shop inside! نگهداری و حتی فکر به نگهداری از آثار قدیمی و پیشینه منطقه در کشورمان جایگاهی ندارد. Similar to the situation I saw in the Qajar caravanserai of Aliabad, Qom, in the worst way It was captured and it was disturbing to see inside. Construction of Khosf Castle to the era Afshari returns.

Description of Khosf Castle- Cultural heritage board
The situation inside Khosf Castle!
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Old Khosf is small and its historical monuments can be seen on foot. Disappointed, we left the castle for the Grand Mosque. We asked from the alleys to the top of Hosseinieh Baladeh. Its pleasant staircase leads us to the roof outside the building with small domes, and from the not-so-high roof, it had an interesting view of Khosf..

The historical context of Khosf
The historical context of Khosf. pomegranate tree
The historical context of Khosf
Explanation of Hosseinieh Mosque Baladeh Khosf- Cultural heritage board

Continuing the path in the old alley, which has a good atmosphere like all the old alleys, we reached the building that was now the Cultural Heritage Office.
Finally we reached the Grand Mosque and walked in its courtyard. The mosque is a single porch and there are different narrations about its background.

Explanation of Khosf Mosque- Cultural heritage board
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Tomb of Ibn Hussam, poet of Khosfi at the end
The historical context of Khosf
Khosf farms in the north of the city.


We continued the route and as the last point of visit we went to the tomb of Ibn Hussam Khosfi. On the way we passed in front of the Khosf Library building, which was interesting in its own way. Ibn Hussam was a poet and lived in the eighth century AH.

The cemetery of Ibn Hossam Khosfi

The next destination of our trip was Birjand and we used line minibuses to go from Khosf to Birjand.

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