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Experts to Guide Visitors at Qal-e Babak (Babak Fort)

Tehran- 2 July 2005, (CHN) - This year's celebration in Qal-e Babak, north west of Iran, is going to be accompanied by expert guides from Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization.

Babak Fort which is located in Bez Mountain was the refuge and the campsite where Babak Khorramdin and his followers began their resistance movement against Mo-tasem, the Abbasid caliph in 8th and 9th century. They were then called "the rebellions of Sorkh-Jamegan (red wears).

People will gather in the fort on 9th of July each year to celebrate Babak Khoramdin resistance and the Iranian cultural heritage and tourism organization have decided to add a cultural aspect to this gathering by sending a group of archeologists for introducing the place to visitors.

"The experts and archeologists' activities will be cultural and include providing information on the Keleybar region, history of civilization in the region and the construction of Babak fort. Also, a report on the 3-stage restoration plan of the fort that has been accomplished last year will be given to the visitors. A traditional Azari live music is another part of the program" indicated Sadadi, the expert of public affairs of cultural heritage organization. He added "the organization interest in the issue is only due to its cultural context and touristy aspects".

There are several approaches to Babak and his rebellion, which leaded to his death and the failure of the movement; some consider him as a national hero; some believe he can be praised as an Azari hero (a hero of a local ethnic group); several researchers point out that his rebellion was only economical and was for the redemption of lands taken by Arabs.

... Payvand News - 7/2/05 ... --

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