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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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  • Very few western tourists venture this far but this zoastrian fire temple sits in an amazing landscape. The few buildings that are left are ruins, but the site is surrounded by an ancient wall and has...  more »
  • What a beautiful day. The journey to the Zoroastrian temple from Zangan was breathtaking as you climb up a narrow road to 2600 m and down again and up a second pass. The high peaks - over 3200 m - wer...  more »
  • The place and its history are impressive and beautiful. A map of the area with English explanations is available. (Entrance fee 200.000 Rials for foreign tourists).  more »
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  • Come here in early spring to appreciate the snowy view. Simply stunning.
  • The Earth Chakras or the sacred sites are the locations where the energy of the mother Earth can be experienced. There are 7 main Chakras on the Earth and Takht-e Soleyman is one of the secondary sacred sites in Iran.
  • there is no similar place in the world...DO NOT MISS IT!! amazing view and mystic environment... one of UNESCO's world heritage sites.
  • 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
  • Rough drive, amazing place, several thousand years of history...