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Babak Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Iran.

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Straight out of a Crusader era epic drama, Babak rises out of sheer gorges almost half a kilometre deep. It was essentially a fort, which is why the situation is so remote and difficult to get to and it’s most famous owner was Babak Korramdin who promoted an alternative religion to Islam and defended Iran against Arabian Invaders from his strong hold here. Large numbers of Iranians make their way up the treacherous pathways (2) to the castle each July to commemorate Babak Korramdim. The celebrations feature historical reading and traditional music and entertainments.

I haven’t been here but I have just finished reading a history of Babak Korramdim which included many impressive photos so I am inspired to visit.

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

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Wonderful to visit

This is a wonderful fort to visit. It is at least 1200 years old, although some restoration have been made to it. It has changed considerably from the first time that I visited in 1989. My last visit was in winter of 2005. There are two routes to the peak. The easier one takes you through some nice rolling hills. The second one is a bit steep and runs through a wooded area, until you arrive at the bottom of the rock that makes up the peak. Depending on the way you walk it can take anything between 2 to 4 hours to hike up to the top. It is usually crowded in the weekends, as many hikers from the area and even farther areas travel to take the hike.

One thing that I found is wrong is the location of the fort on google earth. I am not familiar with how to change or edit these things. The location on the map shows the location somewhere in Khorasan province in north east of Iran, whereas Babak fort is located in Easter Azerbaijan province in the North West of Iran. It is located near the city Kaleibar which is about 150 km from Tabriz, the capital city of the province.

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