underground fortress dating back to the Sasanian dynasty
(6th century AD) has been discovered in the south of
Isfahan province. The fortress, a three-storied structure,
was located at a depth of 10 meters under a mound.
Archeologist Hassan Sadri told IRNA that the fortress which has
seven corridors, three chambers and two rooms was built in unique
surroundings in an area of 150 square meters and was used for
All the three stories were interconnected and the main gate for the
underground site has staircase, he added.
Studies of the area indicated that the underground site was built
under a large bastion which was destroyed and no trace of the larger
structure remained. Potteries unearthed around the fortress led the
archeologists to conclude that the edifice belonged to the Sasanian
Sadri said that the underground fortress has a capacity for 50
The fortress was discovered three months ago, but the news was not
made public for security reasons and to prevent unauthorized
Rahmatollah Raouf, an official in charge of guarding cultural
heritage sites said that the area is under constant surveillance of
the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP).
He said that in another excavation, an underground town has been
unearthed in the vicinity of Noush-Abad, Kashan. It covered an area
of several thousand square meters.