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Alamut Fortress
24-MAY-2007 Ali Majdfar

Alamut Fortress

Alamut (Persian: دژ الموت) was once a mountain fortress in the arid hills by the Elburz mountains, south of the Caspian Sea, close to Gazor Khan, near Qazvin, about 100 km from present-day Tehran in Iran. Only ruins remain of this fortress today.
The fortress was built in 840 at an elevation of 2,100 m on ruins of Sassanid castle. 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 Ismaili sect of Shia Islam (known to the West by the nickname Hashshashin or Assassins), and was then fabled for its gardens and libraries. The ruins of 23 other fortresses remain in the vicinity.
The fortress was destroyed on December 15, 1256 by Hulagu Khan as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia. The fortress itself was impregnable, but Ruknuddin Khor-shah surrendered it without a real fight, in the vain hope that Hulagu would be merciful.

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Magdalena Karolak09-Dec-2011 10:34
Great image and historical explanation
January Grey03-Feb-2011 08:11
Great composition! Love those puffy clouds! V~
Nestor02-Feb-2011 15:43
Nice composition and excellent information on this Fortress.
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James 25-Nov-2009 15:07
I am reading a very interesting book at the moment all about Hasan Sabbah and the birth of the idea of Assasins. The book is very well written and explains the history of Alamut and the Hashshishim cult in great detail. A must read for anyone who is interested in Persian history and it also contains many historical facts about Western history. The book is called Gods Assasins by Gavin Baddeley and Paul Woods.
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet08-Nov-2008 21:57
Interesting history and beautiful composition
Brian with an Eye12-Jun-2007 08:54
Fascinating Ali, especially with the explanatory notes. Well done. ~V~
flowsnow12-Jun-2007 07:42
Great write out of the history to explain this shot Ali! V
Debbie Blackburn Beierle12-Jun-2007 04:41
Nice history/well composed. v
Eric Carrère11-Jun-2007 20:13
Beautiful picture, V.
Paco López11-Jun-2007 16:36
Beautiful image, Alí!!!
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