archaeologists have discovered a massive three-story city in
central Iran, probably dating from the ancient or Islamic eras.
During the first season of excavation, a team of archaeologists,
architects and history and geography experts have managed to
unearth the outlines of a city of labyrinth-like architectural
structures, 2.5 meters under the topmost layer of the earth, in
the central city of NoushAbad, near Kashan. They have
discovered, indeed, three layers of urban constructs, said Zahra
Sarokhani, head of the researchers.
“The first story is 2.5 meters deep, while the third layer is
16 m deep. The height of each story is 1.8 m,” she added.
“It is unprecedented in our excavation history to dig out such
a place, arguably making it unique in the whole world. The city
can lead us to learn many things about this style of
The underground city has corridors, rooms and other
architectural structures, all interconnected to the upper or
under level with flights of stairways. Archaeologists speculate
it was built during the ancient or Islamic eras, though they
have no wild guess about the exact area of the city due to their
limited excavation works so far.
Kashan is an oasis city lying in a desert at the eastern foot of
the Central Iranian Range. Kashan was earlier an important
station on an important caravan route between Kerman and Isfahan.
Kashan has several ancient monuments. Most famous are the
mausoleum of Shah Abbas the Great, the 12th century Friday
Mosque and the Safavid royal buildings southwest of the city