Iranians Gathered at the Immortal Castle to Celebrate the Symbolic Birth of the Persian Warrior, Babak Khorramdin
10-Jul-2010 (4 comments)

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Nearly one thousand five hundred Iranians celebrated the birth of Persian freedom fighter and leader of the Khorramdinan resistance movement Babak, who fought against the Arab invaders in 8th century CE.

The pilgrims gathered at the Immortal Castle also known as Babak Fort to mark Babak's symbolic birthday, life and heroic death, yesterday July 9th. The castle located in Kalidar area near Tabriz in northwest of Iran, which some believe was his command center.

His staunch followers, all Iranian nationalists came from far and wide, to the mountainous castle, reading poetry including Shahnameh (the Epic of Kings), Hafez and played local traditional Persian/Azari music.

His historical fort, known as the Immortal Castle, is located 16 km southwest of Kelidar in East Azarbaijan Province and is 2,300 to 2,600 meters above the sea level.

The fort, surrounded by gorges as deep as 400 to 600 meters, is believed was constructed during the early Parthian dynasty (278 BCE - 224 CE). To reach the castle, one has to trek a tortuous and narrow passageway and then cross a corridor-shaped temple, 200 meters in lengths.

Babak was born into a Persian family in the Balalabad (modern Qaradagh) region of Atropatekan (today East Azarbaijan province) near the city of Artavilla (modern Ardabil). After his father died, in his early teens he was given responsibility for his two brothers and mother during a traditional Zoroastrian ceremony at a fir... >>>

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It is in the soil

by oktaby on

Nice post



Babak Khorammdin is a torne on the side of IRI,

by MM on

and a symbol of Iranian resistence against Arab invasion.  Every year, IRI discourages folks from going up the mountain, but every year the people do not listen.

Babak is also a national hero in Azerbaijan.  Azerbaijanfilms, made an epic movie in 1979 on the life of Babak Khorramdin, but I have only seen it in Russian or Azeri.  If interested, here is the link to see the movie in its entirety (2:09:07) in Azeri:


Film: Babek (1979) 2:09:07 - 4 years ago Babək. Milli qəhraman, VII əsrdə ərəb xilafətinə qarşı xalq mübarizəsinin rəhbəri Babəkdən bəhs edir. 1979 © Azerbaijan Film & Moscow Film


You are right DK

by IranFirst on

He was a great man who fought the invading barbarians and Evil Islam . Islamists and hezbolahis keep telling us that Iranains voluntarily accepted this savage cult



Darius Kadivar

Knighthood ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

We All aspire to it, it seems ...

Thanks for sharing ;0)