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Partly Destroys Ancient Iranian Village
Part of an old village intended by the lord of
Alamut less than a thousand yeas ago for settlement of his
followers was destroyed by an earthquake which struck northern
Iran on Friday.
An official with the local cultural heritage and tourism
department Mohammad Qasem Moradiha noted one third of houses the
Gazorkhan village were torn down.
Known mostly for its affiliation with the Alamut fortress, the
Gazorkhan village is thought to predate the presence of the
Ismailids in the area.
Head of the department Mohammad Mohammadzadeh said the
historical and architectural features of the village have
survived the passage of time and that’s why the village was
considered a pristine one.
“Our information suggests the village dates back to the time
when Hassan Sabah was promoting Ismiliah faith. His followers
used to take shelter in the fortress only in time of danger and
were living in the village at other times,” he noted.
The fortress was used as a prison during the reign of the
Safavids, while settlement in the village was underway. The
village has preserved its traditional architectural style.
There were some 350 mud brick houses in Gazorkhan, 30 percent of
which are reported to have been destroyed.
Mohammadzadeh pointed out no monument was restored recently
unless it was reinforced to resist earthquakes as well. Yet,
little improvement has been achieved when it comes to the houses
of ordinary people who are too poor to pay for reinforcement of
their old homes.
Given its unique environmental richness, the officials intend to
nominate the Alamut region for inscription on the UNESCO’s
List of Historical and Natural Heritage.
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