A strong earthquake which shook northern Iran on
Friday tore down part of the watchtower of the Alamut fortress
in the central Qazvin province.
Measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, the temblor rocked the
Gazarkhan village which houses the citadel.
There are no reports of the damages to other historical sites in
the area. Earlier, Iranian cultural heritage officials had
announced that the Alamut area had its dossier prepared for
nomination for inscription on the UNESCO’s natural and
Alamut is a unique area with historical fortresses, historical
sites, exceptional wild life and natural landscapes.
The damaged part of the Alamut fortress was a wall behind the
Hassan Sabah fortress, known as Hoodakan.
Meanwhile, cultural heritage officials in neighboring provinces
say there has been on report on damages to other historical
sites, including those in Qazvin, Mazandaran, Tehran, Zanjan and