Living In Caves Is Still A Way Of Life In This Village
Meymand is an ancient village which is located near Shahr-e Babak city in Kerman Province, lran. The city is believed to be a primary human residence in the Iranian Plateau, dating back to12,000 years ago.
Many of the residents live in the 350 hand-dug houses amid the rocks, some of which have been inhabited for as long as 3.000 vears.
The village is a UNESCO world heritage site and was awarded UNESCO’s 2005 Melina Mercouri prize.
The main feature of the village is its amazing architecture. Dwellings and utility rooms are hollowed out right in the rocks and resemble caves. There are several versions of the origin of the village. Some scholars are inclined to believe that Meymand was built by adherents of the cult of the god Mithra. Here, high in the mountains, people felt intimacy with their idol and conducted religious rituals of Mithra worship. Perhaps the dead were also buried in the caves. According to another theory, Meymand was inhabited by various tribes from the province of Kerman, who found refuge in these caves during the reign of the Sassanid dynasty.
It is thanks to its unique architecture that the village of Meymand today attracts the most tourists in the province of Kerman. Here you can find a mosque, several cafes, a restaurant of national cuisine and even a hotel built in the style of rocky dwellings. In Meymand, the spirit of antiquity is felt in every stone: it seems that even time is not powerful over this village and its inhabitants. The antiquity of the village is evidenced by numerous murals and pottery found during excavations. Traditions, language and way of life of local people have maximally preserved its authenticity.
If it’s your first time visiting a cave village, then you can’t but be impressed. Walking around, meeting locals, tasting their food or simply assisting their prayers it’s an authentic experience. Life here stopped years ago and sleeping in one of those cave houses is a must-to-do experience.
Indeed we can say that Meymand is parallel to history and is the head of history. According to one of the researches: if you look at Meymand from 0/5 km it seems that you look at the history from a deep cylinder. In other word seeing Meymand means seeing history and the ordinary life of people for who are interested in history, past and its issues.
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