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Takht-e Soleyman, Takab

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4.5/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
Takht-e Soleymān , also known as Azar Goshnasp, literally "the Fire of the Warrior Kings", is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, Iran. It lies midway between Urmia and Hamadan, very near the present-day town of Takab, and 400km west of Tehran.The originally fortified site, which is located on a volcano crater rim, was recognized as a World Heritage Site in July 2003. The citadel includes the remains of a Zoroastrian fire temple built during the Sassanid period and partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period. This site got this Semitic name after the Arab conquest. This temple housed one of the three "Great Fires" or "Royal Fires" that Sassanid rulers humbled themselves before in order to ascend the throne. The fire at Takht-i Soleiman was called ādur Wishnāsp and was dedicated to the arteshtar or warrior class of the Sasanid.Folk legend relates that King Solomon used to imprison monsters inside the 100 m deep crater of the nearby Zendan-e Soleyman "Prison of Solomon". Another crater inside the fortification itself is filled with spring water; Solomon is said to have created a flowing pond that still exists today. Nevertheless, Solomon belongs to Semitic legends and therefore, the lore and namesake should have been formed following Arab conquest of Persia. A 4th century Armenian manuscript relating to Jesus and Zarathustra, and various historians of the Islamic period, mention this pond. The foundations of the fire temple around the pond is attributed to that legend.
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  • After eating a picnic lunch near the parking area our group hiked up to the walled area at the top of the hill, then came upon a beautiful lake, filling the top of an extinct volcano. The lake provide...  read more »
  • In spite of its dilapidated state Takht-e Soleyman is much worth a visit. It is said this was the residence of Queen Shirin, the Christian wife of King Khusro II and she kept here the so-called True C...  read more »
  • Not to be missed for the framework for the conservation of the world heritage remains. Well worth a visit.
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  • It is one of thousands historical sites of Iran and more than 3000 years old. Iran cultural area is more than existing borders, and spread,s to 160-180 millions people. Here you see one of ancient signs of Persian Empire. For more info see the Takht-e Soleymān at wikipedia.
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  • Incredible scenery, historically significant, fascinating arthesische source
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