Introduction of Semnan
City and governorate of Mazand eran province, 110 mi E of Teheran, S of the Elburz Mountains. An ancient town mentioned by the geographer Ptolemy in the second century a.d., it was destroyed by the Oghuz Turks in a.d. 1036 and was laid waste by the Mongols in 1221. There are, nevertheless, the remains of several castles, parts of a 12th-century mosque, and of a 12th-century minaret.

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