Kurit Dam

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Kurit Dam
Kurit Dam is located in Iran
Kurit Dam
Location of Kurit Dam in Iran
Location Tabas, Tabas County, South Khorasan Province, Iran
Coordinates 33°26′11″N 57°14′31″E / 33.43639°N 57.24194°E / 33.43639; 57.24194Coordinates: 33°26′11″N 57°14′31″E / 33.43639°N 57.24194°E / 33.43639; 57.24194
Construction began 14th century
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch, masonry
Height 64 metres (210 ft)
Length 29 metres (95 ft)

The Kurit Dam is a masonry arch dam located 34 km southeast of Tabas, Iran near the village of Kurit. The dam is an early arch dam constructed by the Mongolians around 1350 AD. The dam was originally 60m tall but 4m of height was added in 1850. The dam was constructed in a very narrow gorge and was the tallest in the world up until the early 20th century.[1] The dam also contained a sophisticated water outlet system for its time.[2] Currently, the dam does not impound a reservoir and a large segment of its lower downstream face has fallen off. Behind the dam, where the reservoir existed, is now full of silt with the exception of directly behind the upstream face which has been excavated.[3]


  1. ^ "Key Developments in the History of Arch Dams". SimScience. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Hubert Chanson, Patrick JAMES (2004). "Historical Development of Arch Dams.". TRAIANVS. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Tančev, Ljubomir (2005). Dams and appurtenant hydraulic structures. Taylor & Francis. p. 501. ISBN 90-5809-586-X.