When primitive human wanted to choose a place to live there was no place safer than natural caves or to dig a hole in mountains. In 21century with all of its high building and towers and modern houses, it is hard to believe that a primary human residence dates back to 12000 years ago still exists and the fact that some people are still living in it will amaze you.
The old village Meymand is located near Shahr e Babak city in Kerman province The village was added to UNESCO World Heritage site list on 2015. The structure of the village is unique and so interesting:
No house is built by making walls of stones but in carving the holes and make rooms and stables for animals. the house is called Kicheh could be even on 56 floors and have several rooms. there are 406 Kicheh and 2560 rooms. The space in this house has a round shape and the short entrance supply the light of it.in front of the entrance a 25cm jut do not allow the water and dust to enter the house.
the houses are handmade and ledges were considered to have a place to put stuff and tools. The cooking has been done by fire and as there was no chimney the walls become black but this black smocks saved roof and walls as some walls that weren’t coasted by smokes had fallen. The natural stones walls protect the habitat from hot summer and cold winter.in winter inside the house is 5 degrees hotter and in summer it is 5 degrees colder. But the aridity of the land and ruff temperature force the shepherd to immigrate in summer and live in summer village.
the village has all the necessary elements. The public bathhouse, mosque and school. the local language contains so many worlds from ancient Sassanid and Pahlavi language.
The habitats are very welcoming and invite you to come and see their houses. The Carpet made by hands of the proficient hand of local women is a great souvenir.