A Video Visit to Arg-e Rayen – Iran’s Thousand-Year-Old Fortress
“Arg” means “citadel” in Farsi, the language of Iran. Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen, some 60 miles south of Kerman, Iran, is thought to be at least 1,000 years old. Its solid mud-brick fortress walls are nine feet wide at the base, and three feet at the top.
Parts of the fortress have been restored, including the governor’s house, but the roofs of many of the inner structures have been worn away by the desert wind.
As the walls crumble into the sand, you can see the individual mud bricks that were laboriously shaped, dried, stacked and mudded over to create this ancient desert redoubt more than a thousand years ago.
Since a 2003 earthquake nearly destroyed the UNESCO-listed Bam Fortress, Arg-e Rayen has become Iran’s major remaining mud-brick fortress.
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You can visit Arg-e Rayen in Iran a number of ways.
- On the Small Group Tour, Ancient Persia: Modern Iran
- On the Flexible Essential trip, Essential Iran Enhanced
- On a Rail Journey by Private Train
Top Photo: Imagining the past at Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar
PUBLISHED: November 7, 2017