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Photos: The Unique Twin Ice-Pits in Sirjan, Kerman

Photos by Amin Arjmand, ISNA



TEHRAN, August 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- The twin ice-pits on Sirjan, Kerman Province, are unique and there is no similar example in the world, said director general of Kerman Province Cultural Heritage Department.


"The ice-pits dates back to 108 years ago; the generous people of the time constructed the ice-pits to hold the ice for summer," added Fakour Pas.

Constructed with mud-brick, the ice-pits are surrounded by high walls.




Kerman is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the south-east of the country. Its center is Kerman. The province of Kerman is the second largest province in Iran, 180,836 km sqr. The population of the province is about 2 million. The main townships of Kerman province are: Baft, Bardsir, Bam, Jiroft, Rafsanjan, Zarand, Sirjan, Shahr-e-Babak, Kerman, Mahan ,Rayen , Kahnuj, Ghale-Ganj, Manujan, Roodbar-e-Jonob, Anbar Abad,and Ravar.


"The ice-pits beside other attractions like old air-traps of buildings, Saeidi House, and ancient bazaar of Sirjan can make cultural tourists stay in city for several days," Pas said.

Protection and Restoration Office of the department also said that their experts plan to make some renovations on the ice-pits and the other monuments.

"Kerman's people stored snow in the ice-pits and used it in summer," said Javad Nazarieh.


Referring to the Sirjan Bazaar, he said, "The monument is covered with arches constructed on brick columns."

He said that the external appearance of the monument has been decorated with plaster and carved bricks.

"The Saeidi House, designed in two floors, dates back to reign of Reza Shah, Pahlavi I," said Nazarieh. The building has been erected based on mixed traditional and new architectural patterns


Outward appearance of the building has been decorated with plaster, carved bricks, and ornamental stones, he added.

Talking about the pip-shaped air-traps on Sirjan's buildings Nazarieh concluded, "The air-traps have been imitated from the smokestacks of the ships passed Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf, said Nazarieh.

Sirjan is located in southwest of Kerman Province.


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