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Maymand: Village of Cave Dwellers

HelloPersia Nov 26, 2018 2 min read

Isn’t it exciting to travel back in time? A long, long time ago! This attraction in Kerman takes you somewhere mysterious and old enough to feed your adventurous spirit. On your way to Yazd from Kerman, 38 kilometers northeast of Shahr-e Babak, you will come across the 6,000-year-old village of Maymand.

Some archaeologists believe the village dates back to 12,000 years ago. The inhabitants of the rocky village carved houses into the rock and lived there for more than 3000 years.

With a structure similar to Cappadocia in Turkey and Kandovan in eastern Azerbaijan, some theories suggest the village was a temple of Mithras. The temples are sunk below ground, windowless, and usually converted from a natural cave.

Meymand village
Meymand Village

It may also date back to the 2nd or 3rd BC when the village was home to nomads. The tower-shaped cemetery of Maymand was very common during the Sassanid era.

Your residence in the village may not be the finest guesthouse you can find, or the food may not be the best one you can try in Iran, but as long its ancient history touches your soul, and you can live like a local and have a travel back in time who cares about food and guesthouse?

Look out for the 180-year-old mosque, the restored hammam (bathhouse) and cave museum. To dodge the crowd and soak up the atmosphere Thursday and Friday may not be the most appropriate time to visit Maymand.

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