The rooftop village

In the first of a two part series, Reza takes us to the mysterious Iranian city of Māsūleh.

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On the foothills of the Talesh Mountains on the Caspian coastal belt of Northern Iran lays the historical city of Māsūleh. It is situated approximately 60 km southwest of the city of Rasht and 32 km west of Fūman in the Gīlān province.

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The historical city of Māsūleh was established around 1006 AD. At the 2006 census, Masouleh’s population sat at approximately 554 individuals from 180 families. Most of them are older now.

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The most exquisite feature of Māsūleh is its architecture: the buildings have been built into the mountain and are interconnected. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets. Yellow clay coats the exterior of most buildings.

Māsūleh does not allow any motor vehicles to enter, due to its unique layout. It is the only village in Iran with such a prohibition. Moreover, the small streets and many stairs means it is simply not possible for vehicles to enter.

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This photo essay was put together by Reza Golchin.

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