forty historical forts ranging from the Sassanid
era (2,000 years ago) to the Esmaeilian period
(1,000 years ago) were discovered in the latest
archeological studies in Qa’en, South Khorasan
Announcing this, an archeologist with the
provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department, Ali Reza Nasrabadi told CHN that the
existence of calcareous mountains has led to the
formation of a large number of caves in the
mountainous region of Qa’en.
The caves are mainly scattered in the central part
of Qa’en, he said.
“In addition to its natural splendor, the caves
also show signs of historical artworks, which has
turned them into one of the most attractive
tourist spots in the region,“ Nasrabadi said.
He further stated that the forts in the
mountainous areas which pertain to the followers
of the Esmaeilian group are among the other
historical attractions of the area.
The forts, which number a total of 13, were built
on rough terrain over difficult-to-pass mountains,
are scattered in a way that they cover the entire
region, he said, adding that they are locally
known as girl, mountain and qala (forts) forts.
The number of the historical monuments in Qa’en
reached 170 following the findings of the latest
archeological studies in the city.
Numerous caves, shelters and forts have been found
in the city. Most of the forts belong to the
Esmaeilian dynasty, which indicate the defense and
military significance of Qa’en during that era.