Lorestan, Iran

Khorramabad, despite its truly awful sounding name, might just be Iran’s hidden gem. The town seems to fill a valley floor, high in the Zagros Mountains with markets and kebab shops sneaking into every ripple of the surrounding ranges. Although a main highway meanders through the city, the place bustles with a friendly, big country-town vibe.

Central Khorramabad

Central Khorramabad

It is the capital of the state of Lorestan, named after the local ethnicity, the Lors. Lors are different from other Persians (Iranians), with a nomadic culture more similar to parts of Arabia or the south and west of Iran.

Khorramabad city

Khorramabad city

Their culture and way of life has changed little over the past 3000 years. The tree-lined streets of central Khorramabad play host to a spectacular 1800-year-old castle. which rises high above on a rocky promontory, not far from a river which feeds to the Persian Gulf.

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle

During the Shah of Iran’s time the castle was a prison, quite possibly for political prisoners. In fact many Lors people were made to disappear during the Shah’s time due to their reluctance to yield to his vision of “modern Iran”. More still were shipped out in the middle of the night, only to turn up as “refugees” on the streets of far-flung Mashhad.

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle

Now the castle is a museum for Lors culture, perhaps more fitting for its name Falak-ol-Aflak; “the heaven of heavens”.

Have you ever visited a castle? What was it like? Tell us in the comments below!

Comments (4)

  • Andrew Boland Reply

    it looks so beautiful, peaceful. thanks for sharing another one I missed!

    April 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Looks like another trip to Iran might be in order, hmmm? ;P

      April 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm
  • Anna @ shenANNAgans Reply

    I am obsessed with castles lately, so cool. Apparently there is a castle you can hire/rent for large events in the Hunter Valley somewhere, so going to book that bad boy for an epic party. 🙂 You really have seen and experienced some wonderful places Tim.

    May 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Oh really? That’s awesome!! I hope I get an invitation 😀

      May 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

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