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A glimpse at a historical village in West Azarbaijan province of Iran

Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan prov, April 3, IRNA -- The historical village of Chours located in the north of West Azarbaijan province is one of the country's most ancient rural areas which has long been known for its rich historical relics and of high appeal to historians.

Though the village dates back to Sassanid era, the remains of monuments belonging to other periods are also found in the village.

Castles on the eastern hills of the village and a 15-km tunnel connecting them to Bastam historical castle are among the ancient monuments in Chours.

Unfortunately, nothing has so far been done to unearth the relics in the area.

In addition, a number of evidences symbolizing the Christian faith such as the crosses engraved into stones and the foundations of a small church marks the presence of the Armenians in the village for a period of time.

The 'Red Mosque' and 'Ice House' are two of the most significant ancient monuments of the village which are about 800 years old and date back to the rein of Danboli tribe in the area.

The mosque made of red square bricks and stones measures 17 x 17 meters. It consists of four great stone pillars and nine domes, of which only two pillars and two domes are still in good shape. The remaining parts of the monument have been under repair for the past three years.

The other prominent monument of the village known as the 'Ice House' was possibly a prison. It might even have been one of the cellars linked to Bastam tunnel.

Given that in Azarbaijan province cellars are hardly ever used due to the cold weather, the monument has undergone the least damage through time.

Besides due to the location of the monument facing south, which is the direction Muslims pray, raises a question about it being a cellar, since they are never constructed at shallow depths and southwards.

An oven 1.5 meters deep and 1.2 cms wide engraved into a giant stone is another ancient relic in Chours village.

Unfortunately, the area and similar sites have been plundered by robbers of cultural remains in recent years.

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