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Zoroastrian Heritage

Author: K. E. Eduljee

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Kandovan

Introduction

Troglodytic Village in the Shadow of Kuh-e Sahand

Geology of Kandovan Village

Natural Beauty in the Sahand Region

Use of Caves as Human Dwellings

Meaning of Kandovan

Kandovan's Age

Jamshedi / Aryan Varas?

Zagros Mountain Cave Dwellings

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Map of Kandovan/Sahand/Urmia (E. Azarbaijan) Region

Photographic Tour

Approaches to Kandovan

Village of Cones

Buildings & Alleys

Cave Interior - Natural & Rooms

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Suggested additional reading:

» Kandovan - Introduction & Explanations

» Urmia

» Persian Gardens - Gardens of Ancient Tabriz

» Maymand (Troglodyte) Village

» Dawn of History - Palaeolithic & Early Peoples of Greater Old Iran

» Cave Dwellings & Dwellers (Troglodytes) of Old Iran

» Cave Dwelling of Shanidar



Approaches to Kandovan

The approach road to Kandovan
The approach road to Kandovan. Image credit: Fotopages
Kandovan's rock formation comes into view
Kandovan's rock formation comes into view. Image credit: Fotopages
Kandovan Village from across the valley
Kandovan Village from across the valley. Image credit: Photographer unknown

Village of Cones

Kandovan Village from across the valley - a close up
Kandovan Village from across the valley - a close up.
The natural rock formation containing caves turned into homes looks like a giant termite colony
Image credit: Photographer unknown
The natural indentations and caves in the rock cones can be seen in this photograph
The natural indentations and caves in the rock cones can be seen in this photograph
Image credit: Eliza Tasbihi at Flickr
A further perspective on Kandovan Village
A further perspective on Kandovan Village. Image credit: Image credit: Basheem at Flickr
A view along the side of Kandovan Village
A view along the side of Kandovan Village. Image credit: Minerva's Page

Buildings & Alleys

Alley stairway and storm drain
Alley stairway and storm drain. Image credit: Basheem at Flickr
Kandovan's rock formation comes into view
Frontage of a Kandovan home. Image credit: Eliza Tasbihi at Flickr
Two views of a Kandovan home
Two views of a Kandovan home
Image credit: Mahmood Reza Erfani at Flickr (via viral)
Two views of a Kandovan home
Two views of a Kandovan home
Image credit: Malek Mohammadi at Flickr (via viral)
A Kandovan homhouse with an organic shape
A Kandovan house with an organic shape. Image credit: Eliza Tasbihi at Flickr
Two views of another Kandovan Home
Two views of another Kandovan Home. Image credit: Photographer unknown
Two views of another Kandovan Home
Two views of another Kandovan Home. Image credit: Photographer unknown
Kandovan Village.
Kandovan Village.
Image credit: Photographer unknown
Kandovan Village.
Kandovan Village. Image credit:
Photographer unknown
Kandovan Village.
Kandovan Village.
Image credit: Photographer unknown
Kandovan Village.
Kandovan Village.
Image credit: Photographer unknown

Cave Interior - Natural & Rooms

Interior of a cave
Interior of a cave. Image credit: Photographer unknown
Interior of a Kandovan home
Interior of a Kandovan home. Image credit: Minerva's Page
Interior of a Kandovan home
Interior of a Kandovan home. Image credit: Photographer unknown
Interior of a Kandovan home
Interior of a Kandovan home. Image credit: Eliza Tasbihi at Flickr

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Also see:

» Kandovan - Introduction & Explanations

» Urmia

» Persian Gardens - Gardens of Ancient Tabriz

» Maymand (Troglodyte) Village

» Cave Dwellings & Dwellers (Troglodytes) of Old Iran

» Dawn of History - Palaeolithic & Early Peoples of Greater Old Iran

» Cave Dwelling of Shanidar