The people of the present province of Ilam were nomads with tribal decamping life style thus no city in true sense has arisen. Therefore, most of the Jame' Mosques of the province have been constructed in recent century. Vali Mosque of Ilam may be considered as one of the oldest in the province with 90 years of antiquity. It was constructed by the order of Ilam Vali (Governor) and is named after him. Among the important mosques of the province, some of them have been repaired in recent years, the following ones can be pointed out:
Ilam Jame' Mosque adjacent to the Ilam Koodak Park, Mehran Jame' mosque in Janbazan Boulevard, Qamar Bani Hashem Mosque in Imamzadeh Seyed Hassan Boulevard, Saheb-ol-Zaman Mosque (place of pilgrimage) in Ilam, Saleh Abad Jame' Mosque, Aivan Jame' Mosque and Dehloran Jame' Mosque.
Ilam (capital of Ilam Province) located 710 kilometers from Tehran, surrounded by heights covered with forests enjoying a mild mountainous climate with very pleasant springs. In the ancient time, Ilam was known as Arboojan.
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