Nadir Shah Fortress

Nadir Shah Fortress

Just over 20 km south of Kaka, close to the village of Khivabad, lies an 18th-century fortress, built during the rule of Nadir Shah, founder of the Afsharid Dynasty in Iran. Set in an attractive location at the foot of the Kopet Dag Mountains The fortress is also known as Old Khivabad: it is said that Nadir Shah, held in slavery in Khiva in his youth, vowed that one day he would move Khiva to his homeland. When he became a powerful leader, he conquered Khiva. The tale runs that he took thousands of prisoners, ordering each of them to take with them soil from Khiva. With this, he constructed the fortress of Khivabad near the Kopet Dag Mountains.

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