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Photos: Rayen, world's second largest clay building

Photos by Hamid Sadeghi, Mehr News Agency

Rayen Citadel (Arg-e Rayen) is an adobe castle located in the city of Rayen in Kerman province, Iran. The medieval mudbrick city of Rayen is similar to the Arg-e Bam city 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.

Arg-e Rayen was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although believed to be at least 1,000 years old, may in fact have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.

Rayen is the world's second largest clay building with an area of 20,000 m2 and a menagerie of unique features and warm bosom to embrace the visitors. But this clay mega-city is still overshadowed by Bam and authorities' ignorance.

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