National Geographic : 1939 Sep
Photograph by W. Robert Moore LIKE A GIANT SHIP OF STONE STRANDED IN A DRY RIVER BED, YEZD-I -KHAST RISES HIGH ABOVE AROCKY GORGE "God Willed It" is the meaning of the name of this remote town south of Isfahan, to which a single drawbridge permits entrance. Zeki Khan, with his troops, visited it in 1779. He became angered when the townspeople refused to comply with all his demands. Forrevenge heordered hissoldiers tohurl theleading citizens down over the cliffs to their death. After 18 had thus perished, his men rebelled. They cut the ropes of histent, which collapsed upon him, and thevillagers then rushed in and killed him.