Sole left gate of Iran's ancient history in West Azerbaijan

There are many historical monuments in Khoy city, West Azerbaijan province; one of them is the Stone Gate (Darvaze Sangi). It is the sole remains of the gate built on the Khoy's rampart. This site was registered in Iran's National Heritage List as the sole left gate of Iran's ancient history, with the registration number of 808.

Iran (IMNA) – Stone Gate of Khoy was constructed in order to protect the city from the enemies' invasion and acted as a traffic controller as well. In the past, people departed to the cities of Salman and Orumieh through the Stone Gate, but today, the monument is located in the new texture of the city due to the urban expansion planning.

Some researchers and historiographers believe that this historical site dates back to the Ilkhanid era, but others claim that it refers to the Qajar dynasty due to the facts that its architectural style is very similar to the remained works in Tabriz and Khoy belonging to the Qajar era. Also, the last fence of the city was built by the order of Abbas Mirza Naeb ol-Saltaneh, which was remained till 1320 S.H.

Stone Gate of Khoy has been the witness of many historical events; the holes of bullets shot by Armenian and Ottoman invaders are still visible. The northern part of the gate which is made of bricks in a diagonal manner connected to the old Bazaar of Khoy. The southern side which includes gray and black stones, has a semi-circular arch with two lions carved at both sides.

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