The touristic city of Masuleh is one of the historic and flourishing areas of northern Iran with foggy weather, cool summers and snowy winters.
Masuleh is located in the southwest of Gilan Province, in the Sardar Jangal District of Fuman, 60 km from Rasht, 36 km from Fuman and 20 km from the city of Maklavan.
The city was registered as a cultural and natural heritage in 1975 in the National Heritage List. Masuleh lost its population after the construction of a new road between Gilan and Azerbaijan, as well as the famine of 1941. After the registration of Masuleh as a cultural and natural heritage, the construction and development of the city was not allowed by the order of Masouleh Municipality, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
As a result, thousands of Masouleh residents settled in different parts of Iran, Especially Tehran over the past seventy years. The city is now protected against issues such as rock falls, floods, landslides, earthquakes, seizures for development and destruction, and is in the waiting list for registration as a World Heritage site for more protection.
Masouleh is one of the most charming parts of Iran and with its unique architecture, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every year. The enclosures in front of the houses and roofs are both used as sidewalks. The Masuleh architectural structure was formed during the Zand dynasty period, and small streets and many stairs would not allow any motor vehicle to enter. The Masuleh architecture is described in one sentence: the upper building yard is the roof of the lower building. Masuleh buildings usually has just two floors.