AN 800-year-old cave village that was transformed from a slab of volcanic rock into grotto-like homes has all the mod cons needed for modern living.
Over 150 families live happily in Kandovan, the village in northwestern Iran, making it one of the world's largest modern cave dwellings.
Some residents inherited the cave houses from ancestors who lived there hundreds of years ago, like Nadir Bahaduri, who has lived in his since he was born.
"This is an 800-year-old house. It was left to us by our ancestors," he told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Nadir's cave home has been modified with all the modern conveniences he needs to live there comfortably.
He has a kitchen kitted out with modern features including a fridge, sink and oven with a burner stove top and electric lighting throughout.
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Storage space for blankets and mattresses is carved into the stone wall and soft furnishings including carpets and curtains keep the home bright and cosy.
While some in the town have chosen to move into more modern houses, many have decided to stay in their ancient homes, updated to include everything they need.
Drew Binsky, an American travel blogger who has visited every country on the world, described the unique scenes in Kandovan as 'incredible'.
"Check out this little village that I'm in in Iran. Look at this, look at these cave homes. Looks like Cappadocia in Turkey. Literally the houses are built inside of the cave. Unbelievable.
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