Zahhak Castle

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Coordinates: 37°23′6.20″N 47°10′1.98″E / 37.3850556°N 47.1672167°E / 37.3850556; 47.1672167

Stucco in Zahhak Castle
Parthian dynasty, Zahhak castle, Hashtrud, Eastern Azerbaijan, Iran.

Zahhak Castle (or citadel) is a castle in East Azerbaijan Province, Hashtrud, Iran. It is named after Zahhak, a figure in Persian mythology. According to various experts, it was inhabited from the second millennia BC until the Timurid era. It was first excavated in the 19th century by British archeologists. Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization has been studying the structure in 6 phases.[1]

Stucco in Zahhak Castle, shown in Azerbaijan Museum, Tabriz, Iran
Zahhak castle, Azerbaijan Museum, note the yellow and red color that is still visible on artifact

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