Iran City Guides - Bandar-e Anzali
- Iran's principal Caspian Sea port
- situated on the entrance to Mordab Lagoon
- center of Iran's caviar industry
- city dates back to the nineteenth century
- mixed population including Armenians, Caucasians, Russians and Turkmens
- formerly Enzeli, Bandar-e Pahlavi
- population over 100,000
Originally developed by the Russians in the nineteenth century, Bandar-e Anzali is now Iran's major port on the Caspian Sea - the world's largest lake and producer of 95% of the world's caviar.
The city and local area sites include the long harbour promenade and the nearby delta of the Sefid Rud - the world's largest fresh water lagoon.
Promenade, Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
Looking down on the city of Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
There is scant reminder of Bandars neo-colonial past except for a row of Russian house facades and an Armenian church near Imam Khomeini Square. Of more recent historic interest is a Polish cemetery for soldiers of the so-called Ander's Army that crossed into Iran from Russia to fight for the Allies in World War II.
The lagoon is an important sanctuary for wildlife, especially birds and can be accessed by speed-boat or a local fishing vessel.
Access - Getting to Bandar
Caspian Sea, Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
Caspian Sea, Mazandaran, Iran