Roodafshan Cave

Also known as: Roudafshan Cave, Ghar-e Rudafshan, Rood Afshan Cave

If you have a plan to climb Mount Damavand, you can also arrange a half-day tour to beautiful Roodafshan Village and visit its cave. In the highlands of Roodafshan Village, near Tehran, there is a large cave, Roodafshan, hidden in the valleys of central Alborz Mountains.
Located in Damavand Township, about 100 km away from Tehran, Roodafshan Cave is 1800 meters above sea level.
The cave has a large entrance, 40 meters wide and 20 meters high, making it the third largest cave entrance in Iran. Roodafshan Cave has several large halls and a 400-meter caving route. The first extensive hall next to the entrance is 80 x 100 x 25 meters in dimension. 
Some experts believe that many thousands years ago, Delichay River was at the same level of Roodafshan Cave; therefore, the flow of the river through the cave has created these vast halls.
The second hall with dimensions of 50 x 60 x 20 meters has no stalactites or stalagmites unlike the third hall, which is smaller but full of natural decoration of lime stalactites and stalagmites.
This beautiful hall lead us to the temple of Anahita by a metal ladder at the end; the temple is a small crypt with pillars and a little pool, 50 meters lower than the entrance which is believed to be the place of worshipping the goddess of water, Anahita.
Also the remnants of pottery and porches of stone indicate residence of first humans in Roodafshan Cave.

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