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The city of Rey is the oldest existing city in the province of Tehran, Iran. Rey today has been absorbed into the Greater Tehran metropolitan area and is connected via the Tehran Metro to the rest of Tehran and has many industries and factories in operation.

A settlement began here c 6,000 BCE as part of the Central Plateu Culture. The settlement was used as a capital by the Medes called Rhaga.

Rey is richer than many other ancient cities in the number of its historical monuments, among which one might refer to the 3000-year-old Gebri castle, the 5000-year-old Cheshmeh Ali hill, the 1000-year-old Bibi Shahr Banoo tomb and Shah Abbasi caravansary. It has been home to pillars of science like Rhazes.

After the Mongol conquest the town was severely damaged and it gradually lost its importance in the presence of nearby Tehran.

The shot was taken in Cheshmeh Ali hill, which is almost 5000 years old. It is located in the south of Tehran and north of Rey. The ancient wall of the city -which is partially reconstructed- is seen on top of the image .

Since Rey was used as a recreation center due to its beautiful attractions under the reign of the Qajar dynasty, Fath Ali Shah often used to explore the city. In 1831 his portrait and that of some Qajar princes were engraved on a rock at Cheshmeh Ali hill and its surrounding was decorated with tablets covered by poetry. In the inscription, Fath Ali Shah himself is seen on the famous royal throne called Takht e Tavoos (means: The Peacock Throne).

In the WS an overall view of the place is available.

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