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Photos: The Historic Kharanaq Citadel

Photos by Mohammad Hossein Taghi, Islamic Republic News Agency

The historic Kharanaq citadel, which goes back to the Sassanid era (224-651), is located in the village of Kharanaq in Ardakan County, Yazd Province, Iran. The village is located 60 kilometers east of Ardakan and 85 kilometers northeast of Yazd.

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What people call the Castle is the most evident sight in Kharanaq- basically it's a very old five towered citadel made of bricks dried in the sun. There are many little sights in this citadel: an old dilapidated hammam, a tiny mosque on two floors (the bottom one for men and the top one for women), a shaking minaret and - in particular - a fascinating labyrinth of little lanes, streets, tunnels and passageways which offer great views over the surrounding landscape and farmed land. It is designed as a maze for a very special reason: in case a thief from outside would come to this village to steal something, he would most likely get lost in it, giving time to local villagers to catch him and recover the loot the thief had taken. (source:

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