The ancient city of Arg-e Bam is said to be the largest example of mud architecture in the world. We visited Bam only three weeks before an earthquake destroyed it on 26 December 2003. Said to be over 2,000 years old, it was an important stop on the overland trade route from India and Pakistan to the Persian Gulf. The ancient city was once surrounded by a moat and housed over 11,000 people. At the time we visited it was in an excellent state of preservation. I think these are the last professional photos taken of the city before it was destroyed.