city, western Iran. It commands a river gap in the Lorestan mountains used by the main road from Khuzestan to the highland plateau. A summer market for the nomadic Lur tribes, it has lively bazaars and a strong garrison. On a ridge between town and river stand the ruins of Dez-e Siah ("Black Fortress"), the former seat of the governors of Lorestan, from 1155 to 1600. Pop. (2006) 333,945.

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