25 September 2001
-- The Deputy Head of East Azarbaijan Cultural
Heritage Department, Saed Hodaei, said on Monday
that during the excavation operations at the
ancient Zahâk Castle in Hashtroud in September
signs of ancient Iranian architecture were
said that the signs indicate that the castle dates
back to first Millenium BCE, and expressed hope
that with more excavations other architectural
works would be unearthed.
added that the findings are effective in tourist
attraction. The castle, which has been built in
the pre-Islamic era, was innovated by East
Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage Department.
remarked that the castle has been registered as a
national monument and is located at one of the
high peaks of Khorâsânak in Hashtroud city.
castle in 344 hectares of land had been used as a
military base from the pre-Islamic era to Islamic era.
of Zahak Castle said that the castle, dating back
to Median Era, was later used during the
Parthian and Sasanian dynasties as well as during the Islamic