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80 Percent of Kerman Historical Areas Demolished in Quake

 

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Cultural

 27 December 2003

 

 

 

A killer earthquake that razed a major part of the southwestern Iranian town of Bam, killing thousands of people and wounding numerous others, destroyed some 80 percent of the historical areas in the Kerman province, including the world renowned Bam citadel.

A large mud mosque inside the citadel was also razed to the ground. The mosque had recently undergone restoration.

The mosque was among the oldest and most elegant mosques in the country, built in the Seljuk period with mud brick.

The Bam citadel sat on top of a huge slab of rock as a key stronghold. It comprised four parts and 38 watch towers.

 

 

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