Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kandovan, Iran

Kandovan is a village in northwest Iran famous for its cave dwellings, hacked into the soft volcanic stone of these eroded hills. Some of the houses are at least 700 years old. Local legend connects the founding of the village with the Mongol invasion of the region in the 1200s, but since ancient Greek authors mentioned cave dwellings in Persia, they could be much older.

What a cute house.

What a fantastic place. I hope there aren't any underground nuclear facilities anywhere nearby.

These interiors look pretty comfortable, with electric lights. There is a cave hotel you can stay it, should you ever be in the area.

1 comment:

leif said...

neat! i agree -- i hope there aren't any reasons to bomb this iranian cappadocia.