Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Photos: 2,500 years old underground city in Kish Island

The island of Kish is a resort island located off the coast of Iran. Although it is well known as a tourist destination, it is also steeped in history. One of the most magnificent features of this island is its massive subterranean city covering an area of 10,000 square metres, constructed from its ancient underground aqueduct (or ‘kariz’).

The kariz of Kish is said to have been built about 2500 years ago by the inhabitants of Harireh city. This structure was built to collect, purify, and store water for the inhabitants of the island. As the island is situated in a region with an arid climate, this was essential for their survival.

The kariz of Kish was abandoned a long time ago, and was forgotten by the inhabitants of the island. In addition, modern technology has made the water filtration process much more efficient, which means that the ancient system would have been obsolete anyway. In 1999, the island embarked on a project to build an underground shopping complex.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Maryam Z

    July 1, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Hi
    This article seems to be unfinished. …what do you mean by: “. In 1999, the island embarked on a project to build an underground shopping complex…” what happened next?!

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