The city was located along the Silk Road and was an important military and trade center in the Sassanid era (226-651 CE). The last ruler of the Zand Dynasty Lotf Ali Khan (1769-1794) fled to this city where he was ultimately captured by Agha Mohammad Khan (1742-1797), the first of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925).
The current city of Bam is built around the Bam Citadel or Arg-e Bam, which is also the city’s main attraction. This fortress city dates back to the Achaemenid era (550-330 BC) and was inhabited for over 20 centuries before being abandoned in the late 19th century when its inhabitants moved to the current city of Bam.
The citadel was built to withstand long sieges and was impenetrable when its gates were closed. It was also the largest adobe structure in the world but 80 percent of it was destroyed in a devastating earthquake in 2003. Since then efforts have been underway to restore this ancient citadel.
The Best Important Things To Do While Arriving In bam
Top foods to Try
AbBaneh- A watery soup made with crushed wild pistachio and garlic. This dish is usually mixed with small bread pieces
ChaghoukBerizou- A watery meatball and potato soup served with fresh herbs, local bread and yogurt
Changmal- A buttery dessert made with dates, crushed walnut, cardamom, and cinnamon