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Photos: Kariz Aqueducts in Kish Island


Source:; photos by Bahman Zarei, Islamic Republic News Agency

The aqueducts of Kish date back to 2500 years ago and provided the islanders' drinking water. Today, it has been transformed into an amazing underground city, with an area of 10 000 square meters. Experienced advocates took on the painstaking design work and have tried to keep its historic fabric while providing new uses during its renovation.

The site is now called Kariz-e Kish. In its first phase, Kariz underground city will be functional with its handicrafts stands from Iran and the world, traditional and modern restaurants, amphitheater, conference hall, and art galleries.

The city is located 16 meters underground. Its ceilings are eight meters high and mostly covered by fossils, shells, and corals estimated to be 270 to 570 million years old. Each one has been identified and they all have official IDs.

Advocates of Kariz believe two of its characteristics will place it among world registered structures. Firstly, Kariz is situated in the heart of the only coral island in the world. Secondly, it is the only structure with a ceiling of natural shells and corals, for which there were only two ways to be observed - natural museums or scuba diving in free waters.

And now, Kariz has opened up a new exceptional chapter for all nature lovers who are able to visit the largest coral collection directly. And finally, it must be said that the earth excavated from Kariz has much medicinal value and will have abundant use in "mud treatment."

This and various other facilities, such as residential, shopping, and leisure centers in an area about 60 000 square meters will be built on Kariz grounds. The ground above Kariz will be transformed into a large park with two high hills. These hills are from the excavated grounds of Kariz and will offer a unique view of Kish Island.

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