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In Western Iran, A Village Carved From Stone

The village of Kandovan in Iran's East Azerbaijan Province is home to ancient cliff dwellings, some of them inhabited for as long as 700 years. The rock formations in the region are the remains of volcanic activity from nearby Mount Sahand. Over the centuries, inhabitants have carved homes out of the rock faces and gradually added rooms, porches, windows and stairwells. (Photos by Boris Belev)