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Meymand
The next morning, when we first went out and watched the incredible sun kissing the mountains with all the caves and kind people inside them, we could feel how the worshippers of Mithras believed in the sun’s invincibility. Every here and there, there was a small wooden door to the cave in which a surprising world was to be discovered. Circular semi-underground houses are designed to shelter the people as well as cattle in the windy cold winters.

Meymand is an ancient village which is located near Shahr-e Babak city in the Kerman Province, Iran. Meymand is believed to be a primary human residence in the Iranian Plateau, dating back to 12,000 years ago. Many of the residents live in the 350 hand-dug houses amid the rocks, some of which have been inhabited for as long as 3,000 years. Stone engravings nearly 10,000 years old are found around the village, and deposits of pottery nearly 6,000 years old attest to the long history of settlement at the village site.

Meymand is like nowhere else, fabulously unique! The surprising point is that these cave houses are in a valley that is only 250km away from Shadad Kalut, another wonder of the earth! How spectacular it can be an area!

Photo by Alireza Afkar on Unsplash

Felix van den Belt

Felix van den Belt

Give Felix an assignment about carpets and he will go for it. He listens and asks questions. What is the history and what makes certain rugs unique? What can be said about social life around the carpets? Felix's passion for carpets prompts him to discover these questions like no other.

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