Sites & cities that bear the name of Rudbar


Today in : Iran (Islamic Republic of)
First trace of activity : ca. 20th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : رودبار‎, Rubâr, Rudbar-e-Seytun, Roudbar

Description : Rudbar (Persian: رودبار‎, romanized: Rudbār) (Gilaki:, rubâr) is a city and capital of Rudbar County, Gilan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 11,454, in 3,303 families. The civilization of Rudbar and its surroundings date back to 2000 years BCE. The Marlik bowl, a famous archeological artifact and one of the oldest gold bowls in the world from 1st millennium BC, was found there. With the advent of Islam, tribes from Damascus and Halab (Aleppo) immigrated and became settlers there. Later, Nizari Isma'ili da'i made inroads and eventually established an Assassin stronghold. In the era of Nader Shah Afshar, groups from the Kurds of Quchan and areas of northern Khorassan also settled there. Rudbar was near the epicenter of the 1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale (MS=7.7, MW=7.3, mb=6.4) at 12:31am local time on June 21, 1990, that killed around 50,000 and injured 100,000 city residents. Despite reconstruction, it has not regained its former glory.

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