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Rayen citadel is one of the oldest adobe castles of Kerman province which dates back to Sassanid, however, there are some evidence that this castle is even older than that.
This castle is approximately 20,000 square meters which consists royal department, military department, houses of ordinary people. Many archaeologists are of the opinion that there are several layers of civilizations underneath and they preferred not to excavate this.
Rayen castle has been always an important hub on silk route and it should be well protected for safety and security. This is the reason there are several towers in each corner facing to different directions and cities. There is only one gate to enter which is located in eastern face of the castle over the huge moat.
Upon arrival, there is a huge lobby for people in order to get permitted to go through the city which is just located aside from bazaar. House of the governor has been located in the western side of the city and it’s well protected by watching towers and his army. This mansion consists four different houses because of their privacy.
Many people had been living in this castle on left hand side of the governor mansion and they had their own constructions such as houses, temples, stables, markets, etc. On right hand side of royal property, military base has been located with their own monuments and infrastructures. It’ well noted that castle has been used on 146 years ago that a huge earth quake destroyed.
It’ been renovated by archaeologists of Iran and other countries over in 1960s but after Iranian revolution it has been just preserved. Many people were interested in visiting this castle from 2003 that Bam citadel was gone by an enormous earth quake.
As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this castle while you stay in this province especially in Rayen and simply you can visit other natural and historical attractions of this city.