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Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam), Bam
(4.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
See architecture that withstood hundreds of years of weather and war damage at Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam), a giant World Heritage-listed citadel that thrived as an important hub on the Silk Route. A major trade center for many centuries, this structure, once the largest adobe building in the world, suffered major destruction during a 2003 earthquake. Partially restored to its old glory, the citadel features almost 70 different towers. Use our Kerman Province trip itinerary builder to visit Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam) on your trip to Kerman Province, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Despite the sisima l arg is bam is startling in its power and greatness. We thank the Iranian guide Mohamed, a young guy who made us discover the hidden corners of the Citadel. Interesting restoration status. Recommend to visit starting from early evening to avoid the heat and admire the colors of the structure with the beautiful light of sunset.
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  • During our visit in September 2016 we could move completely alone on the huge area, what suspect had before been the absolutely empty parking lot. Apparently, the large destruction hold currently many tourists from visiting. Akin to the earlier photos from BAM, so the tears in the eyes could rise during the today's visit one. Almost 1400 years this fortress founded in the OASIS, has defied various battles and crews of the various peoples, until it was made almost entirely equal to the ground by two successive earthquakes the 26.12.2003 and 21.07.2004. Also in the adjacent modern city, the damages are BAM until today visible: many rows of houses have huge gaps, the houses that still stand, must be saved with steel beams supported on the inevitable collapse. destroyed 70% of the inhabited city, total up to 43,000 people are died and 30,000 other injured the forces of nature have been - incredibly! A walk through the Citadel is still only an idea of how they might have looked before the earthquake. No longer boarded the picturesque fortress on the mountain slope due to the high risk of collapse by tourists. Although it is already peu à peu rebuild parts of this world heritage by using of 1.1 billion USD of UNESCO, however, these new buildings look just too new. In the view of the destroyed and also inhabited in contrast to the Citadel town of BAM the question is me, whether it is appropriate to put as much money if at the same time, the inhabited city next door much more would this help to the reconstruction - in the restoration of ancient ruins or the families living in it, sure not belonging to the company to the socially privileged classes...
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  • The earthquake of 2003 was at 5:10 am. In the first two seconds is the whole city down. The epicenter was just below the city. Ten kilometers further, there was no damage. Here more than 40,000 deaths and untold damage. Repair work under the supervision of UNESCO could come on stream after considering thousands of pictures of the devastation. It's an incredibly large project but deadly. There is no life more present, no color. But the whole was/is impressive but also disappointing because of the lack of life.
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  • The city was used as set for the film "il deserto dei tartari"
  • it is amazing place in Bam,l like it. But this historic site was nearly destroyed. Now government try to rebuild this one. Few visitors only
  • Many parts are damaged by earthquake, unfortunately!
  • a historical city which worth visiting if you are near
  • Afsooos ke kharab shood

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