Kermanshah is capital of Kermanshah Province, is located 525 kilometers from Tehran in the western part of Iran. Its population is 851,405 in 2011. A majority of the population speaks Southern Kurdish. Kermanshah is the largest Kurdish-speaking city in Iran.

In ancient Iranian mythology, construction of the city is attributed to Tahmuras, the third king of Pishdadian dynasty. It is believed that the Sassanids have constructed Kermanshah and Bahram IV gave his name to this city.

Kermanshah has a climate which is heavily influenced by the proximity of the Zagros mountains, classified as a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Kermanshah experiences rather cold winters and there are usually rainfalls in fall and spring. Snow cover is seen for at least a couple of weeks in winter.

Kermanshah sights include:


Behistun Inscription

Temple of Anahita