- Location : Kerman, 29°07'00.68"N58°22'06.51"E
- Criteria : Cultural: (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)
- Year : 2004
- Description : Arg-e Bam is the biggest adobe structure in the world. it is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique.
The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world located in Bam a city in the Kerman Province of southeastern Iran. It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site "Bam and its Cultural Landscape". The origin of this enormous citadel on the Silk Road can be traced back to the Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC) and even beyond. The heyday of the citadel was from the 7th to 11th centuries being at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments. The entire building was a large fortress in whose heart the citadel itself was located but because of the impressive look of the citadel which forms the highest point the entire fortress is named the Bam Citadel. On December 26 2003 the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake along with much of the rest of Bam and its environs. A few days after the earthquake the Iranian President announced that the Citadel would be rebuilt.