Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS©
Cave, a Natural Marvel in Western Iran
& Islamic Periods
The light unleashed as a result of power
supply being brought to the Karaftoo cave caused bats,
the seven-thousand-year dwellers of the cave, to escape.
Lightening equipment is installed in all halls and
visiting places of the cave.
Khofashan (bats) Hall is one of the most beautiful parts
of the Karaftoo cave which is now equipped with
lightening system so that tourists can easily visit this
part. The ceiling of the hall is covered by lime holes.
There is a 40-meter long chasm in the hall where bats
used to live for years; but now their dark shelter is
lightened and is open to the visitors and tourists.
In the wake of rehabilitating the Karaftoo cave,
cleaning up and digging works of the inner and outer
parts of the cave have been completed and building stone
platforms outdoor has started. Meanwhile, a parking lot
on the road leading to the cave is also under
An Archaeological site, sanitary wares, accommodation
facilities, and ticket booth have been built; the
outdoor area has been covered by cobblestones as well.
The stone architecture of Karaftoo cave is unique. Man
used to use this cave from the troglodytic age to the
Islamic era; various life styles of different times
turned Karaftoo into a tourist attraction.
Karaftoo cave is a lime one which has been under water
during the second geological age (Mesozoic) ; little by
little, troglodytes inhabited it and left their traces
there. The cave has undergone considerable changes by
different men dwelled there. The cut stones and the
corridors are indicative of man’s manipulation in the
Karaftoo cave is located in the western Iranian province
of Kordestan, near the city of Eivandarreh. Experts
believe that this cave is worthy of being registered in
the World Heritage List due to its Greek tablets and
stunning architecture as well as being the dwelling
place of men in the prehistoric times until the Ilkhanid
era. Meanwhile, Karaftoo has already been registered in
the National Cultural Heritage List.
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies