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    Posted: 21-Feb-2007 at 12:20

Zahhak Castle? (It looks like more a gate but gate of what? dragon?!)

Zahhak or Azhidahak (Ezhdeha) means "Dragon" in Persian but it is also a figure of Persian mythology: http://www.answers.com/topic/zahhak

http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Architecture/zahak_castle.htm: From every side Zahak Castle is surrounded by mountains and long plains bedecked with wild red anemones. At a distance one can see the railway and the railway station. At the depth of the valley like a snake a twisting river comes from west, makes a circle and follows the railway towards east. As if the mountain underneath is like a giant statue of Zahak, the villain of Iranian mythology and the two banks of the river are the dreadful snakes growing from the monsters shoulders. This is the landscape of a mountain which has preserved one of the Iranian ancient sites for thousands of years.

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  Quote Top Gun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Feb-2007 at 12:58
I think its an watchtower
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  Quote pekau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Feb-2007 at 22:59
Originally posted by Top Gun

I think its an watchtower
 
My words exactly. These images remind me of Frodo and his hobbit companions trapped in Weathertop by the Black Riders...LOL
     
   
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  Quote Leonardo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Feb-2007 at 03:58
 
Castel del Monte, Apulia, Italy, built by Emperor Frederick II. Nobody knows which was its purpose.
 
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Feb-2007 at 18:59

The Castel del Monte is an obvious attempt to create a perfect fortified home or fortress. Notice how the towers stick outward and can help defend each tower next to it. All angles of attack are covered by that design. There are only very small entrances and opening which improves strength and makes it harder for anyone to penetrate. If someone did manage to penetrate through the door they could only do so 2-3 at a time which would make any such attempt easy to repel.

That is one impressive fortified structure!
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  Quote Top Gun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 08:03
it seems that medieval cannons cannot break the walls or am I wrong
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  Quote Leonardo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 14:36
It seems that it had no military purpose ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_del_Monte_%28Apulia%29 or better the italian wiki http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_del_Monte )
 
 
Immagine:It%201cent.jpg
 
Italian 1 cent with Castel del Monte


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  Quote Leonardo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 14:42
Other wonderful pictures of Castel del Monte
 
Immagine:Castel%20del%20Monte0001.jpg
 
 
Immagine:Castelmonte.jpg
 
Bild:Castel%20Del%20Monte%20June1997.jpg
 
Bild:Casteldelmontelrtp.jpg
 
Bild:Castel%20del%20monte-entrance%20cropped.jpg
 
Bild:Castel%20Del%20Monte%20Throne%20Room.jpg
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  Quote Suren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 15:29
Interesting Pix about Castel del monte.Smile
 
Back to the topic. Cyrus, How old is this Zahhak castle ?
 
 
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  Quote Cyrus Shahmiri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 15:50

That is obviously a castle, similar to the ancient castle of Falak-ol-Aflak:

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