Nestled in the Alborz mountains and visible from the Iranian capital of Tehran (that is on a clear day) is the majestic Mt. Damavand. At just over 5,670 meters in height, Mt. Damavand is the tallest mountain in the Middle East.
Of course, it’s more than just a mountain; there’s a mythology behind it. According to ancient Iranian legend, it’s the place where the noble King Faridun chains and imprisons the tyrant Zahhak in one of the mountain’s caves. It is also from the top of Mt. Damavand that Iranian hero Arash shot an arrow to mark the border of pre-Islamic Iran and that of Turan, Iran’s arch nemesis.
Today, Mt. Damavand is a popular place for Iranians of all ages and walks of life to enjoy. Though Zahhak may still be chained somewhere within the mountain, this hasn’t prevented Iranians from venturing up its slopes to hike, ski or just picnic when the weather permits.
Below are some photos of this mountain that holds a special place in the hearts of nearly all Iranians.
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