Friday, July 21, 2017

The Subterranean City of Kish

The island of Kish off the coast of Iran has a 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.

It was abandoned and rediscovered in 1999 when developers began work on an underground shopping mall. The ancient kariz was not destroyed but was incorporated into their plans.

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