Village of Qalaat
is only 15 km North West of the famous city of Shiraz. With an altitude of 2065 meters above sea level, the village has a moderate weather in spring and summer, but it is cold in winters. Locals of Qalaat village speak Farsi with the local accent. Qalat is one of the historic villages of Fars province. The remnants of ancient buildings in this region are proof of human inhabitance in old times. Most locals of Qalaat village are preoccupied in animal husbandry, gardening, servicing, and handicrafts. From among garden products of the village mention can be made of walnut, almond, fig, grapes, pomegranate, apricot, plum, and greengage.
Milk, cheese, butter, and whey are produced here as well.
Other nutrition products can also
be found in Qalaat village some of which are grapes extract, grapes verjuice, and pomegranate paste. We can name Giveh (light cotton summer shoes), hand-woven baskets and dishes, Mashk (a leather container for keeping water and dairy products), and some wooden stuff as the handicrafts made in Qalaat village.
Due to being located in a mountainous area, Qalaat village has a dense residential texture. Houses are usually built in a step-like fashion with flat roofs, in one or two floors; and of materials like stone, adobe, clay, chalk, and wood. Modern buildings and houses have changed the old appearance of Qalaat village. In the construction of these new buildings which sometimes have more than two floors, materials such as stone, cement, iron, and brick have been used.
Qalaat village enjoys some natural beauties as well.
Green vast fruit gardens inside and around the village provide a lovely atmosphere for tourists and travelers especially during spring and summer. The special architecture of the village mixed with winding lanes and some brooks running in the middle of the lanes create novel scenes.
There are also three waterfalls in the village that originate from the springs. The two rivers called Shab-shotori and Cheshmeh-anjiri, with wild plants and flowers in their banks are considered as natural tourist attraction sites of Qalaat village. In addition to all these, the village contains some historic heritage some of which are: the 270-year-old mosque, the ancient adobe church, water mills, the ancient flagged bazaar, Qezel Arsalan castle, and some relief works from the Sassanid era.
What has added to the attractiveness of this village, besides its natural beauties and historical monuments is the hospitality of the locals of Qalaat village.