is left of the 2,000-year-old
is considered the world's largest mud fortress.
A strong earthquake that shook parts of
the Kerman province in southeastern Iran early Friday is
said to have all but destroyed the historical Bam
The structure built in the Sassanid period was among the
largest mud structures in the world, visited by a great
number of tourists.
The Kerman Governor General Mohammad Ali Karimi said the
quake, measuring 6.3 on the open ended Richter scale,
destroyed more than 60 percent of the residential areas
in the town of Bam, a city of 80,000 people, including
its historical areas.
Phone communications with the area has been lost as a
result of the devastation and there is little for
certain as to the fate of the historical buildings in
the affected area.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake had a
preliminary magnitude of 6.7, capable of causing severe
damage, and hit at 5:27 a.m. local time.
Still, unconfirmed reports say the bam citadel has been
reduced to ruins.