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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.
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  • Takht-e Soleyman is an area where Sassanids built a Palace and, above all, fire temples. The site is wonderfully located, far away from everything and everywhere. The area consists on the one hand of ruins, which renovated and where laid through a plankenpad is, on the other hand, there is the source more, shine of color. The water is lukewarm and provides light for many hundreds of years for life. The road up to it, whether you're comes from Tabriz or of Zanjan, the effort to drive. The site is quiet, especially at the end of October. You can feel free to wander around in a few hours. The museum was closed. There is a brochure in English explaining the main cities on the site
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  • 從占詹包車為的就是前往這個美麗的地點 位在一座死火山而形成的湖泊, 有著固定的水源 是古時候祆教聖殿的所在之一 也有傳說是所羅門王的聖殿之一 用以囚禁所羅門王的囚犯 如果來到伊朗 我想這是一個不能錯過的地點 雖然車子要開很久也可能迷路(當地司機問了好幾次路才到 冬季的話可能會有飄雪天候不好, 務必注意安全 
  • Only to see the natural lagoon of volcanic origin and the landscape that surrounds edtas ruins already, it is worth getting this far. I recommend also stop at ls prison of Solomon, very close. Stunning nature
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  • there is no similar place in the world...DO NOT MISS IT!! amazing view and mystic environment... one of UNESCO's world heritage sites.
  • Rough drive, amazing place, several thousand years of history...
  • it's great,don't miss it. you can go there and have a on day visit but there is no place to stay during the night
  • Amazing and acient place!
  • 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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