Meimoon Ghal'eh

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Meimoon Ghaleh.
Meimoon Ghaleh, plan of lower level.
Meimoon Ghaleh, plan of main floor.
Meimoon Ghaleh, East-West section.

Meimoon Ghal'eh (Monkey Castle), also known as Meimoon Ghal'eh Castle, or Mehman Ghal'eh Castle, is one of several castle ruins scattered throughout the Qazvin area, in Iran.


It sits in the south of the city of Qazvin, where has been always crowded, hence heavily eroded, and is almost 5000 square meters in footage. The remains indicate the castle to have had a large dome in its central section. All ceilings no longer exist. The fortification has a subterranean network of 3 east-west tunnels under the structure connected by a north-south tunnel. The two levels were connected via a helical staircase. The main gates must have been on the northern side, it is believed. Eight towers made of brick surrounded the castle. All evidence indicates this structure to have been a military fortress of some sorts.

Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī also spent some time here while residing with the Ismailis in the 13th century.[1]

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  1. ^ S. H. Nasr, Oliver Leaman. History of Islamic Philosophy. VolI. ISBN 0-415-25934-7. 1993. p.530

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Coordinates: 36°15′18″N 50°00′11″E / 36.25500°N 50.00306°E / 36.25500; 50.00306