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Ancient City of Ray
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Ancient City of Ray

Ray, Tehran

To the southeast of Capital city of Tehran, just beyond that city's vast urban sprawl,the ancient city of Ray lies; settling in the Ray began about 6,000 BC and was resided by Aryans about 6,000 years ago.
In the per-Median era, it was called Rhagae and in Classical Roman geography it was called Rhagae.
In the past millenniums, Rey has undergone many ups and downs, floods and earthquakes. The city proudly survived massive and destructive Arab and Mongolian invasions and plundering, which left serious scars.
Archaeological evidence indicates the city was important during the Achaemenian (559-330 BC) and Sassanian (224-637 AD) periods. Ray was the regional capital in the 11th and 12th centuries, before being plundered by rampaging Mongols in the 13th century. 
There is a hill with a spring that its history starts when ancient cavemen stopped living in caves in the region, they settled on the banks of the hill. Also remnants of a split rampart on top of the hill still exist.
During 1933-6 the hill was excavated by archaeologists from the Boston Fine Arts Museum and the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania headed by Erich Schmidt, which resulted in the discovery of 7,000-year-old artifacts. Some of the discovered objects are displayed at museums in Iran, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Ray today has been absorbed into the Greater Tehran metropolitan area.

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Alexander Kazakov14-Jun-2015 10:30
Excellent work! V
Chris Spracklen08-Jul-2014 07:31
Excellent p.o.v. and a very striking image from this ancient site, Ali. *V*
Lieve Snellings27-May-2014 03:32
amazing compositio! V
Fernando Peres Rodrigues24-Mar-2014 15:20
Great composition!
Dafna27-Feb-2014 22:46
Very interesting photo and history lesson.. thank you!
Buba Jafarli04-Jan-2014 21:16
Great choice of the POV! Well done, Ali! v.
Milan Vogrin04-Jan-2014 15:05
Nice compo!
waterfalls man04-Jan-2014 13:45
Excellent. V!!
Liz Bickel02-Jan-2014 03:19
Fantastic capture of Nature telling her story. Thanks for sharing the history.
Happy New Year!!!
Dafna28-Dec-2013 22:30
Wonderful dramatic image..
Osman Yazirdag18-Dec-2013 02:46
Very nice composition, colors and texture! V
LyleT17-Dec-2013 06:14
Spectacular and well captured. VV
Jean Chiasson08-Dec-2013 17:16
Spectacular image view and textures Ali vote
MarcViskens07-Dec-2013 16:40
excellent composed
very beautiful work
Buz Kiefer29-Nov-2013 20:08
Beautiful photo and interesting commentary. Vote.
Chris Spracklen28-Nov-2013 20:57
Brilliantly taken shot of this ancient remain, Ali. *V*
Giancarlo Guzzardi28-Nov-2013 12:50
beautifully framed
Tom LeRoy28-Nov-2013 11:47
A powerful composition, Ali! V
Merrill Morrow27-Nov-2013 10:32
I continue to enjoy enormously both your photography and commentary. Thank you.
Zoltán Balogh25-Nov-2013 18:30
Great photograph Ali! V
Hernan E. Enriquez25-Nov-2013 06:19
Wonderful image, Ali! The history of you beautiful country and your knowledge of it are a great gift for us. V
Ruth Moorhead23-Nov-2013 02:40
And yet another winner from Ali! Thank you for bringing it to us; we love it when you get out into your world!
Simon Chandler21-Nov-2013 23:23
Excellent vantage point, perspective and composition. A stunning image. v
laine21-Nov-2013 09:21
Fabulous detail, Ali.
George McCarten21-Nov-2013 01:45
Wonderful perspective leading to a fine composition.
William Barletta20-Nov-2013 21:57
A stunning image - great POV ~V~
Char20-Nov-2013 18:22
Great POV for this interesting and wonderful scene, Ali! \/
Daniel Lamothe20-Nov-2013 14:44
Great composition!
Yvonne19-Nov-2013 23:13
Very interesting angle for this shot Ali and great to read the history! v
Fletcher Wildlife Garden19-Nov-2013 19:46
Spectacular shot! A really remarkable perspective and image. V
Richard Marcus19-Nov-2013 17:32
Wonderful composition and great detail! The city of Ray has an amazing history!
Dennis Hoyne19-Nov-2013 03:30
The history is so interesting along with this superb photo. V.
janescottcumming19-Nov-2013 01:30
A fantastic photo that really pulls you in. Wonderfully composed! V
woody3418-Nov-2013 23:29
Thank you for that incredible history...a fantastic image showing this part of the remains...V
Colin Storey18-Nov-2013 20:34
Wonderful image and information. v
Martin Lamoon18-Nov-2013 20:09
Excellent composition and history.
coaster18-Nov-2013 18:42
A beautiful composition!
Nestor18-Nov-2013 17:59
Excellent shot Ali, the composition is appealing as is the lovely image detail.
Nice perspective and included information.
bill friedlander18-Nov-2013 17:25
Fascinating formations, both natural and man made! V
Ceya18-Nov-2013 16:52
Superb shot, great composition, interesting textures, Ali! V
Paco López18-Nov-2013 16:23
Spectacular pov!! V!
Dwight Rankine18-Nov-2013 15:04
A spectacular view.v
Frank Tran18-Nov-2013 15:03
Great light, POV, and composition = stunning image! V+
Hank Vander Velde18-Nov-2013 13:35
An excellent image in good light and with a great POV Ali. Nice info too.
Carol Rollins18-Nov-2013 13:10
Fabulous perspective and composition. Superb details and textures. Great info. ~
Stephanie18-Nov-2013 12:43
Magnificent image Ali! Love your compo!!! BV
Graeme18-Nov-2013 12:03
Fantastic capture and wonderful lines of this composition, Ali.BV
waterfalls man18-Nov-2013 11:05
Great Capture V!!
Sheila18-Nov-2013 10:56
What a striking pov Ali.
Wonderful image and very interesting commentary.
Nick Arena18-Nov-2013 10:05
Amazing place ..great perspective. V
Blandine Mangin18-Nov-2013 09:35
superb compo ! v
Mohamed Mahmoud18-Nov-2013 08:01
Chris Morton18-Nov-2013 07:52
fortification personified
rousselziak18-Nov-2013 07:41
Beautiful capture ! V
gerrit18-Nov-2013 06:24
Great image of a long history. Imlike this kind of sites and comments. V
Brian McAllister18-Nov-2013 06:05
Nicely shot and presented. V.
Gerard Koehl18-Nov-2013 05:30
Magnifiqur composition. V
Helen Betts18-Nov-2013 05:24
Fascinating POV displaying the striations in the rock to best advantage. Excellent composition with the remains running at a diagonal through the frame. V.
joseantonio18-Nov-2013 04:39
Fabulous capture.V.
Glenn Dean (Vatorman)18-Nov-2013 04:12
Nice image to convey the layered history.
Raymond Ma18-Nov-2013 03:27
Fascinating Ali! V
Jim Coffman18-Nov-2013 02:53
Wow,awesome perspective and great image!
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