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Iran finds Ismaili cellars in Alamout
Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:46PM
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Alamout castle, Iran
Iranian archeologists have discovered two Ismaili cellars in the vicinity of the historical castle of Alamout, near the city of Tehran.

The interconnected cellars are connected to each other and date back to the 5th- 7th centuries.

Archeologists found the cellars during the excavation of the northern gate of the fortress intended to study the Safavid era strata of the castle.

Experts believe the cellars were probably used as private quarters or a place to store food.

The Alamout castle is located to the northeast of Iran's Qazvin province approximately 100 kilometers from Tehran.

The fortress was once the headquarters of the Ismaili sect, led by Hassan Sabbah between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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