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Entrance to Ali-Sadr Cave - Iran by Bryan Freeman

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This is the entrance/exit to Ali-Sadr Cave which is said to be the largest water cave in the world. We went on a tour through it and just the small part we saw took two hours. We went on a convoy of little plastic boats that were towed by a large paddle boat powered by two guys. That was their job. To tow people in a paddle boat all day.

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There was sign at the entrance to the cave that stated the following:

“Alisadr Cave – The Most Wonderful Water Cave In The World

Geologists believe that the rocks in this mountain belong to the second geological period ie: Jurassic (136-190 million years ago).

On 28/9/1963 Hamadan Sina Mountaineers with 14 members visited the cave and investigated its different parts. In 1973, Hamadan Mountaineers extended the entrance hole and then it was open to the public from 1975 to the present time.

The water in the cave is colourless and odourless. In addition it a natural taste and its ph (acidity) is nearly neutral. The depth of the water varies from 0.5 to 14 metres."

The additional information below is from:

The Ali Sadr Cave (Persian: غار علی صدر) originally called Ali Saad (meaning dam) or Ali Saard (meaning cold) is the world’s largest water cave which attracts millions of visitors every year.1 Ali Sadr cave is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan, western Iran . Since the cave is situated between the large cities Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom making it a popular destination for Iranians.

The cave walls can extend up to 40 meters high, and it contains several large, deep lakes. The cave has a river flowing through it and most travel through the cave system is done with a boat. More than 11 kilometers of the cave’s water canals have been discovered so far. Some routes are 10 to 11 kilometers long and all lead to the ‘Island’.

Excavations and archeological studies of the cave have led to the discovery of ancient artworks, jugs and pitchers dating back to 12000 years ago. The animals, hunting scenes and bows and arrows depicted on the walls and passages of the exit section, suggest primitive man used the cave as their abode. The cave was known during the reign of Darius I (521-485 BC) which can be verified by an old inscription at the entrance of the tunnel. However, the knowledge of the existence of the 70 million-year old cave was lost, and only rediscovered in 1963 by Iranian mountaineers (or 1978 when a local shepherd followed the tunnel searching for water or a lost goat).

This cave is located in the southern part of Ali Sadr village. The cave digs into a hill called Sari Ghiyeh which also includes two other caves called Sarab and Soubashi, each 7 and 11 kilometers away from Ali Sadr Cave. Apparently the water in Ali Sadr cave is supplied by a spring in Sarab.

In the summer of 2001, a German/British expedition surveyed the cave to be 11 kilometers long. The main chamber of the cave is 100 meters by 50 meters and 40 meters high.

A tour of the cave can be seen by pedal boats to a centrally located large atrium.

I live in Sydney, Australia and love to travel. I enjoy creating landscapes scenes using my Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

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  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Which Way group

  • Awesome news! Thanks very much Chris for the honour.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 4 years ago

    thank you for sharing this it, great

  • Thanks very much Ellanita

    – Bryan Freeman

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Congratulations Bryan From DSLR Users Group
    I’m so happy to let you know what a great privillege it is to be able to Feature such outstanding work.
    Just click the banner picture to take you to the features page.

    Your Feature is Well deserved and I hope you have many more amazing photo and artistic opportunities tho share with us all.
    All the best and may you get many visits, favs and comments and hopefully SALES:-)
    Regards, Don. Host of DSLR Users Group

  • Awesome news! Thanks very much Don.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • RRoca
    RRocaover 4 years ago

    Wow…beautiful capture of a fantastic place.

  • Thanks Rosa, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    I knew straight away that this was one of yours………perfectly eye catching image!! ;-))

  • Wow, thanks Stephanie. I always really appreciate your great comments.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 4 years ago

    Excellent composition, details and color. Great perspective and spot on post processing. You nailed it….. Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Thanks very much Eyal, I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

  • That’s wonderful, thanks very much Stephanie. Greatly appreciate the honour.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 4 years ago

    Wow… look at all those bricks and blocka… a well deserved feature… congratulations Bryan.

  • Thanks very much Maria.

    – Bryan Freeman

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