Bam, Arg
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Bam, Arg, the largest adobe structure in the world prior to the earthquake of October 2003, with a surface area of approximately 200,000 sq m. The arg, or citadel, was the original site of the city of Bam, which is situated in a desert environment on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau (at an altitude of 1060 m). It is 200 km south-east of Kirmān, and 120 km north-east of Jīruft. Life in t…

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Tayyari, Hossein, Zand, Roxane and Esots, Janis, “Bam, Arg”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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