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Rayen Castle, Rayen

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Rayen Castle (Persian: ارگ راين‎ Arg-e Rāyen) is an adobe castle 100 Kilometers south of Kerman province, Iran. It is situated on the skirts of the mountain Hezar. The medieval mudbrick city of Rayen is similar to Arg-e Bam which was destroyed in an earthquake in December 2003. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel. It is extremely well preserved, despite numerous natural disasters that have destroyed similar structures nearby, and it is one of the most interesting sites in Iran.
Rayen Castle was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although believed to be at least 1,000 years old, may have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era. According to the old documents, it was situated on the trade route, and was one of the centres for trading valuable goods and quality textiles. It was also a centre of sword and knife manufacturing, and later on, also guns. With a waterfall near the city, the Haraz mountain with 4501 meters of altitude, several fruit gardens, the mines of green and pink marble, sodium sulphate, and several thermal springs, it's become an attractive touristic destination. During the reign of third Yazdgerd, the Sasanid King, Arabs could not conquer this city due to its high walls.

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  • It is an amazing place to visit .The Arg has been fixed (not all parts ).It is almost 160 km away from Kerman.The Arg is in smaller scale of Bam Arg.There are differences but there are more...  more »
  • the second largest brick building in the world after the Bam Castle, which hosts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists each year. he most important ancient monument from the Sassanid period is...  more »

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