Kaleybar County is a county in East Azarbaijan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Kaleybar. In addition to the capital city, the county is noted for the Arasbaran forests protected area and the Bazz Galasi, the fortress of Babak Khorramdin.
In the 2006 census Kaleybar County reported 89,698 inhabitants.
Kaleybar County is divided into three districts:
- Kaleybar Central District (Markazi) administered from Kaleybar;
- Abeshahmad with Abeshahmad as its administrative seat;
- Khudaferin with Khomarlu as its administrative seat.
Khudaferin old bridges over the Arax River
Bābak Fort or Babak also known as the Immortal Castle or Republic Castle, is a large citadel and National Symbol of Iranians on the top of a mountain in the Arasbaran forests, which is located 6 km southwest of Kalibar City in northwestern Iran.
It has been identified as the stronghold of Bābak Khorramdin, the leader of the Khurramites in Azerbaijan who fought the Islamic caliphate of Abbassids.Iranian Azerbaijanis gather at Babak Castle during the first weekend in July for the annual commemoration of Babak Khorramdin.
Way to the castle
Arasbaran forests in the vicinity of Ahar (Kaleibar county)