Kalat-e Naderi

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Coordinates: 37°00′05″N 59°45′27″E / 37.00139°N 59.75750°E / 37.00139; 59.75750 Kalat-e Naderi (Persian: کلات نادری‎‎) is a massive natural fortress located about 44 miles north of Sousia, in Kalat County, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran.[1]

...I visited the extraordinary natural fortress of Kalat-i-nadiri and climbed its northern wall, which is one of the mountains in this range. From the crest I looked across the yellow plain, stretching northwards in level monotony, and was struck by its immensity....

Percy Sykes, A History of Persia, 1921[2]

It is essentially a massive plateau about 4 miles in circumference that has been used as a fortress since before the Achaemenid era. It is surrounded on 3 sides by high cliff walls ranging from 1500 feet on the south side to 2000 feet on the west side with lower eastern walls and a gently sloping plain leading up to the heights from the north.

It is famous as the only fortress ever to withstand a siege by Tamerlane.

Alexander the Great's army laid siege to it. While Alexander left to deal with a rebellious Persian chieftain, he ordered Craterus to command the majority of the army and take the fortress.

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  1. ^ "KALĀT-E NĀDERI". Encyclopaedia Iranica. April 19, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Sykes, Percy (1921). A History of Persia. London: Macmillan and Company. p. 38. 

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  • Kalāt-e Nāderi, in Persian, Jadid Online, 2006, [1].
    A Slide Show of Kalāt-e Nāderi by Shahāb Āzādeh, Jadid Online, 2006, [2] (2 min 30 sec).
  • Farshid Sāmāni, Konj-e Denj-e Fāteh-e Hend (The Quiet Corner of the Conqueror of India), in Persian, Jadid Online, 14 January 2010, [3].

• Audio slideshow: [4] (3 min 38 sec).