In focus: Historical Seb Castle stands tall in southeastern Iran

December 16, 2016

The historical Seb Castle stands tall as one of the tourist attractions in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Located in a village of the same name, the castle was extensively used during the Qajar era (1789–1925) as a borderline surveillance base. However, narratives say that its heyday dates back to the time of the Safavids (1501–1736). 

Seb Castle is constructed of clay and mortar blend with loads of sticky plant seeds. In some parts wooden slabs cut from palm trees have been used to strengthen the overall layout, enabling it to withstand the natural disasters in particular mellow seismic vibrations.

The collective Sistan-Baluchestan Province -- Sistan in the north and Baluchestan in the south -- accounts for one of the driest regions of Iran with a slight increase in rainfall from east to west, and an obvious rise in humidity in the coastal regions.

In ancient times, the region was a crosswords of the Indus Valley and the Babylonian civilizations.

The picture above shows three local youngsters hanging around the castle on April 28, 2016. IRNA/ Ahmad Ali-Dergi

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