A Video Visit to Arg-e Rayen – Iran’s Thousand-Year-Old Fortress

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.

A Video Visit:Here’s a preview of what you’ll see at the ancient citadel of Arg-e Rayen in Iran:

More Fortress Photos:Narrow passageways called kuches run from the bazaar to stables, military barracks and small homes.

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Meaghan Samuels

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran
Photo: Meaghan Samuels

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.

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar

Fortress walls of Arg-e Rayen in Iran
Photo: Michel Behar

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar

Photo op at the Citadel of Rayen in Iran
Photo: Michel Behar

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar

Worn away by the desert sand at Arg-e Rayen
Photo: Michel Behar

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Meaghan Samuels

Center of the city at Arg-e Rayen
Photo: Meaghan Samuels

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar

Reconstructed passageways  at the Citadel of Rayen in Iran
Photo: Michel Behar

Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Martin Klimenta

A thousand years ago, people walked the streets of Arg-e Rayen
Photo: Martin Klimenta

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You can visit Arg-e Rayen in Iran a number of ways. 

Top Photo: Imagining the past at Arg-e Rayen, the Citadel of Rayen in Iran. Photo: Michel Behar

PUBLISHED: November 7, 2017

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