Takht-e Soleyman, Takab

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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. Takht-E Soleyman appears on the 4th century Peutinger Map.
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  • These ruins can be admired at the top of a mountain and in the middle of the top, it seems it was a crater, which today is a large lake, where no stops flowing water. The ruins are very beautiful and interesting, where you can see their buildings as well as the entire defensive perimeter, a special place of history and culture of the country.
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  • After a very long drive this was an anti climax....at first on arrival a grumpy man will hassle you for a parking fee of 30,000 rials before you even have a chance to get out of the car. Then for the ...  more »
  • Takab is in a remote area of Iran. This site is also known as the Throne of Solomon and is well worth the long drive. It is a UNESCO-listed archaeological site centered on a volcanic crater lake. A sa...  more »
  • it's great, don't miss it. you can go there and have a one day visit but there is no place to stay during the night and also try not to drive during the night. you have to be careful about gas. the most important thing that I have to tell you is there is a great winter view waiting for you there, but the road is really dangerous in winter so watch yourself.
  • Although not much left of its grandiose days but still is magical place the surroundings and the ruins can still give u a shiver of what it was. Worth visiting.
  • Takht-e Soleyman or Azar Goshnasp is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, which was one of the three most important Zoroastrian fire temples built during the Sassanid period. It was partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period. The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in July 2003, of course, it's one of the destinations which travelers who had historical interest must visit in Iran
  • One of the best historical places to visit in Iran. I would recommend it 100%
  • Beautiful ancient palace now in ruin that brings you the past realm of Sasanians. You can still walk though the roofless palace and the remote quary. The remote lake seems to pop out from nowhere and is quite impressive to observe. It seems ridiculous to drive for hours from Teheran but definitely worth it! A must!

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