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40 Ancient Forts Found in Qa’en



02 August 2005


Some 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 province.

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.




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