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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following the recent excavations in Babak fortress and removal of debris, some important parts of the fortress, which had previously been unknown, were unearthed.
Archaeological excavations in Babak Fortress started in 2002, and some parts of this fortress were unearthed. The most important discovery has recently been made in this historical site which was finding of a staircase dating back to the beginning of Post-Sasanid period.
Babak fortress is one of the most important historical sites of Iran, located in a mountainous region in north-west of the country.
This fortress also called the Eternal Fortress was built during the Sasanid dynastic era; however, it is famous for the 23-year Iranian residence and resistance of Persian hero Babak Khorramdin who fought against the Arab invaders.
of the most dramatic periods of Iranian history occurred under Babak’s
leadership from 816 to 837 CE. Eventually Babak, his wife, and his warriors were
forced to leave their command post at the fortress under very difficult
circumstances after 23 years of struggle.
Babak’s martyrdom, the caliph's henchmen first cut off his legs and hands in
order to convey the most devastating message to Iranians. Legend has it that
Babak bravely rinsed his face with the blood pouring out of his wounds, thus
depriving the caliph and the rest of the Arab invaders the opportunity to see
that his face had turned pale due to heavy bleeding.
Every year in July, Iranians pilgrims visiting the place to hail their Persian hero, Babak, as the symbol of Iranian resistance against foreign and dictatorship rules. The pilgrims reading poetry including Shahnameh (the Book of Kings - Iran’s most famous epic) and playing traditional Persian music. They also lit up bonfires to follow traditional rituals of ancient Iran.
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