Iran – Amazing ancient mud city of Bam

A truly wonderful destination to visit! Kerman is one of the oldest cities in Iran. It is well-known for its strong cultural heritage and for its thriving hand-woven Persian carpet industry. Kerman city lies on a sandy plain, 1,750 metres above sea level, under barren rocky hills. Surrounded by mountains on the north and east, it has a cool climate and has frequent sandstorms in the autumn and spring. The 220 km drive from Kerman to the ancient fortified settlement of Bam is in itself a wonder, as you drive through amazing landscapes of valleys, desert and mountains that will remain in your heart forever! For centuries, this mud city had a strategic location on the Silk Roads connecting it to Central Asia in the east, the Persian Gulf in the south, as well as Egypt in the west and was a perfect example of a cultural crossroad A huge 6.6 earthquake occurred in Kerman Province the 26th December 2003. Bam was heavily impacted The effects of the earthquake and damage was exacerbated by the fact that the city chiefly consisted of mud brick buildings, many of which did not comply with earthquake regulations set in Iran in 1989, and that most of the city’s people were indoors and asleep. Since then Bam is in recovery.

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