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Shushtar, Iran.
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Shushtar, Iran. Photo: ninara.

Shushtar, Iran.
Shushtar, Iran.

Shushtar, Iran.
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Town in southwestern Iran with 80,000 inhabitants (2003 estimate), situated on a plateau on the eastern bank of the Karun river. Shushtar lies in the Khuzestan Province.
Shushtar's economy is based upon trade of agricultural products produced in the region, but in modern times Shushtar's importance has declined.
Many of Shushtar's town houses are equipped with cellars that help keep houses cool in summer time. In ancient times was Shushtar famous for its dams and irrigation systems. Three of the dams date back to Sassanian times (3rd to 7th century CE), of which the largest was 550 metres long. The dam system fell apart through the 19th century. But even today, several waterwheels help run flour mills and produce electricity.
Shushtar is climatically exposed for extremely hot summers, with temperatures reaching as high as 53ºC.




By Tore Kjeilen