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Third shot in this serie and last !
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I invite you to see first Panorama and Second shot that I posted before it,Thanks for visit.
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A powerful earthquake destroys historic Silk Road city Bam, Iran - December 26 2003, 5:27 AM,killing over 43,000 people,injured 20,000,left 60,000 homeless and destroyed much of the city of Bam and the old Bam citadel (Arg-e Bam) where is recorded by Unesco as a World Heritage Site and as largest adobe structures in the world which dates back to 2000 years ago.
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The public dwellings were constructed alongside the elevated areas and on the ground level. Its distinguished areas are the main passage or bazaar, Hosseiniyeh (or place for public religious rituals and mourning), mosque ( and fire-temple), gymnasium for traditional sports, public bath and a religious sector pertaining to the Jews.

Most of the common houses were constructed in such a manner that they were connected to each other and usually had interconnections. In some houses, private baths are seen. A few of these buildings are two storeyed structures which were most probabely constructed due to increased population.

The Bam citadel has two mosques, one is the Jame' Mosque and the other the Hazrat Mohammad (AS) Mosque. There was also used to be a public bath in public section.
After the second gate-way are the stables, rampart and the sentry picket. The third gate-way led to the garrison, the commanders residence and a wind mill. In the midst of the citadel, a three storyed edifice remains which was used to be the seat of the ruling power. Alongside this structure was a private bath of the commander, and a drainage conduit.

This citadel was constructed by Bahman Esfandiyar, and dates back to the pre-Islamic period,in fact,the origins of Bam can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6 th to 4 th cent. BC).

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Well,...Unfortunately, more than 80 percent of this magnificent citadel collapsed when a massive earthquake hit the region.

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Best Wishes
Mohammad

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