Karaftu caves

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The Greek inscription found at the cave ensemble;
"ʿĒraklēs [ʾenth]ade katoikei, mēthen eiselthoi kakon".
"Herakles resides here, nothing evil may enter"

The Karaftu caves[a] (Persian: کرفتو‎) are an ensemble of artificially cut rock chambers located in Divandarreh, Kurdistan Province, Iran. The cave complex dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC and is of major importance due to its Greek inscription; "one of the very few examples preserved in situ" in Iran.


  1. ^ Also spelled "Karafto".


  • Gall, Hubertus von (2010). "KARAFTO CAVES". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. XV, Fasc. 5. pp. 533–536.

Coordinates: 36°16′N 46°51′E / 36.267°N 46.850°E / 36.267; 46.850