Kerman is one of mythical cites in Iran. Kerman residents say the city has built by Rustam (mythical Iranian hero). After the invasion of Arabs and adoption of Islam by Iran, Kerman became a place for Arab colons. In 1509 Safavid King added Kerman to their possessions. Later in 1596 Ganja Ali Khan on behalf of Shah Abbas I ruled this city.
One of the main attractions of the city is the Ganja Ali Khan complex, which is considered be the historical heritage of the city. The complex is composed of a school, square, caravanserai, bathhouse, an Ab Anbar (water reservoir), mint, mosque and a bazaar. The complex was built in 1598-1620, during the economic prosperity of the Safavids, by Ganj Ali Khan who governed Kerman at that time. This complex is preserved up to nowadays in the city center and is considered to be a masterpiece monument of the Safavid-era.
There are two fortresses, Bam and Ryan located not far from Kerman. Fortress Bam (Arge Bam),built of mud bricks, straw and the trunks of palm trees is about 2,000 years old. It is located in Bam city and until recently was the largest adobe building in the world. The origin of this enormous citadel on the Silk Road can be traced back to the Achaemenid period and even beyond.
To the South-west of Bam is lies another fortress city - Rayen (Arg-e Rāyen). Rayen Castle was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although it is believed to be at least 1,000 years old, may in fact have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.
In addition to the historical buildings, Kerman is also famous for its nature, Rudeshur (salty river), Kaluta(Yardang) and landforms that occur under the action of the wind in the desert are so attractive for tourists that want to have a different experience in Iran.