Saturday, May 7, 2016

Cones of Kandovan

Cones of Kandovan

One of the three rocky mountain villages of the world next to North Dakota’s village in US and Cappadocia in turkey. What makes it different from the other two is the 137 families that still live there. When in the 13th century, Iran was invaded by Mongols, the inhabitants of a village near Kandovan escaped their houses to take refuge in the rocky mountain. The villagers may have taken temporary shelter in the mountain, however, they were soon enamored with their new home and their temporary residence became permanent. Houses in this village look like beehives, numerous cones placed next to each other, giving the city a unique and interesting view. There are some similar constructs carved in the rocks, only with smaller size, functioning as the barn or storage. 

 

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