Dareh Shahr City

Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Dareh Shahr or Darrehshahr is located in southeastern Ilam Province 840 kilometers from Tehran enjoying a mild climate. It is situated in a relatively wide valley with many historical ascent and descents. Attacks of Arabs and Assyrians caused destruction of the city. Its forgotten and extinct fire-temple is still standing. Dareh Shahr may be the same city of Madakto the Elamite capital. The name of the city comes from 'Darreh' meaning 'valley' and 'Shahr' meaning 'city'.

In the ancient time Elamites were the governor of Lurestan mountains and constructed several strong buildings. Dareh Shahr was the first Elamite city attacked and destroyed by Assyrians in addition to the massacre of people.

There are in Simareh Valley the remains of the Sassanide monuments, hence Dareh Shahr might has been a thriving city in the Sassanide and the Parthian periods. In the ruins of Dareh Shahr, belonging to the Sassanide era, there are the vestiges of crosses, alleys and passages with a specific order of urban development criteria of that time.

All the buildings of Dareh Shahr are constructed from abraded rubble stones and gypsum. Abundance of gypsum in Seimareh Valley from one hand, and simplicity of working with it have caused to making the best use of this material in the Sassanide architecture. The coins discovered in this area belong to Khosrow III and his successors. Holding vast fertile lands, different and rich water resources, rich pastures, dense forests, Dareh Shahr is one of important and ancient cities of Ilam province.
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
Darehshahr or Darreh-Shahr
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Category: Rivers
This long and large river Seimareh, which is called Karkheh in the lower part, flows through the eastern margin of the province. Its main streams are Gamasiab, ...
Category: Bridges
To the east of the Seimareh River where it joins the Kashgan River, stands the remnants of the pillars of Gavmishan Bridge. Today, the Seimareh River flows between ...
Category: Mountains
Kabir Kuh mountain (Kabir kooh) range is a part of the Zagross Mountain Range. It extends from Mehran to Khoram Abad (Lurestan province). Many rivers originate ...
Category: Mausoleums, Shrines
This Imamzadeh is located in Majeen Graveyard around Dareh Shahr. This quadrangular and two storey building has a pyramid shaped dome. The main tomb is located ...
Located 6 kilometers southeast of Dareh Shahr, the ruins of this fort can be seen in the entrance of the village with the same name with 150 years of antiquity. ...
There are many crevices and caves one of them is known as the Kulkani Cave. The entrance of the cave is 30 meters long and there is a small pond built of stone ...
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