"Gazor Khan (Alamut Castle) and Lamiasar" Gazor Khan by Sambawalk

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Ruins of Gazor Khan

Alamut lies on the peak known as Alah Amut. Among suggested etymologies are "Eagle's Nest" and "Eagle's Teaching" was once a mountain fortress located in the central Alborz Mountains south of the Caspian Sea close to Gazor Khan near Qazvin Province, about 100 km from present-day Tehran in Iran. Only ruins remain of this fortress today.

According to Hamdollah Mostowfi, the first fortress was built in 840 at an elevation of 2100m. It was built in a way that had only one passable artificial entrance that wound its way around the cliff face (the one natural approach, a steep gravel slope, was too dangerous to use); thus making conquering the fortress extremely difficult. The fort had an unusual system of water supply. The top was extremely narrow and long — perhaps 400 meters long, and no more than 30 meters wide in any place and usually less.

In 1090 the fortress was infiltrated and occupied by the powerful Hashshashins, a faction of Nizâri Ismâ‘ilî Shî‘a Islam known to the West as "the Assassins", and was then fabled for its gardens and libraries. The ruins of 23 other fortresses remain in the vicinity.

The landscape of Gazor Khan (Alamut Castle) is spledid and the surrounding areas are so breathtaking. It is more than the ruin to visit. You need to hike up, may be around 30 mins one way. Lots of steps to go. Someone at the hill top to collect ticket price IR2,000 (May 2008).

  • Last visit to Gazor Khan: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 10, 2008
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