Zahhak castle or Dash castle of Ajabshir-Zahak Ghaleh

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Zahhak castle or Dash castle of Ajabshir-Zahak Ghaleh

Postby Parvaneh » Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:37 am

Introduction:Zahhak castle or Dash castle of Ajabshir-Zahak Ghaleh(Persian:قلعه ضحاک عجبشیر ‎)

Antiquity: Sasanian period
Location: 131 km from Tabriz city
Zahhak fortress 28 km from East of Ajab sher, located on the Sahand mountains. First time in 1971 by a German archaeological has been investigated. Except castle, there is a cemetery at the foot of the mountain where a ram stone statue is located. And beside cemetery, a village named Yengjah is located . In one of the Yengjah village houses wall has been placed tomb of stone rams , which based on the people descriptions, it is considered to belong to the Sassanid period.
Considering the vestiges of semi-cylindrical towers known as castle gate, probable this comments is correct. The structure of walls which combined with cube-shaped stones reminders of Sassanid walls coverings in the throne of Suleiman.
But all the pottery has obtained until now from Zahhak stony castle relevant to 11th and 12th AD centuries, the Islamic period.
However the carvings and embedding that has carved In the stone mountain (although it has differences from similar cases and pieces of rock in the shape of columns that has made from mountains ) all of them indicate to know this place relevant the pre-Islamic period.

Location: Ajabshir Village,Maragheh City ,East Azerbaijan Province,

Days of trip: (Without air plane) 3 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need About 9-11hr driving from Tehran to Maragheh City)
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: March up to September.

Daily time visit: No

Difficulty level:

Requirements: -

Legal permission need:No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: No

Rescue: You can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: in some region Yes


Hotel: in Maragheh City Yes

Shop: in Maragheh City Yes

Gasoline: in Maragheh City Yes

Village: Located near Ajabshir City


How to get there:
1- Go to Baihaghi terminal of buses in Tehran (more info), Also you can use train.
2- Take a bus ticket to Tabriz or Maragheh .(Distance from Tehran to Tabriz is 620 Km) (Distance from Tabriz to Maragheh County is 135 Km)
3- Take a taxi to Ajabshir and then Zahhak castle or Dash castle.(Distance from Maragheh to Ajabshir is 40 Km)
4- Take a taxi from Ajabshir to Zahhak castle or Dash castle.(Distance from Ajabshir to Zahhak castle or Dash castle is 28 Km)

Nearest airport: Maragheh airport

Nearest train station:Maragheh station


Location on map:

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