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    Azar Goshnasp
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    The Lake & The Western veranda, Azar...
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    Map of the Azar Goshnasp Complex

    by Behi Updated Feb 21, 2009
    Map of the Azar Goshnasp Complex

    Favorite thing: Map of the Azar Goshnasp Complex:
    1. The northern veranda
    2. Azar Goshnasp
    3. Place of Immortal Fire
    4. Anahita Temple
    5. The Western veranda
    6. Mithraism Mehrab & Altar
    7. Dining Hall
    8. Northern Entrance Gate
    9. Gallery
    10. Reconstructed part of southern Fortification
    11. Royal Southeastern Entrance Gate

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    History of Azar Goshnasp

    by Behi Written Feb 11, 2009

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    Azar Goshnasp

    Favorite thing: I think it's one of the oldest alive holy place in the world because:

    According to Denkart, Book 7, Azar Goshnasp was founded by King Kai Khosrow.

    Archological finding traced Mannaeans Temple in the area from 10th to 7th cent. Bc. & continued to Median empire era (728–550 Bc).

    Recorded AzarGoshnasp was very important Fire Temple during Cyrus the Great in 547 Bc.
    Parthian(248 Bc–224 AD) flourished it. Mithraeism mehrab & altar peacefully respected beside Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

    Sassanid era (224–651) is pinnacle of glory & magnificence of Azar Goshnasp. they contracted & flourished more buildings specially contracted famous Takht-e Taghdis.

    by the Arab invasion (645AD) the name changed to Takht-e Soleyman(Throne of Solomon) in order to keep it safe from destruction by Arabs & next invaders. thus it was holy place that belonged to Solomon the Semitic prophet.

    After the Mongol invasion, Abaqa (1265 AD) built mosque on the Sassanid structures.
    & as the Throne of Solomon kept holy place untill today.

    small Zoroastrian society still held Gahanbar ceremony in AzarGoshnasp.

    this evidences make it one of the oldest alive holy places in the world.

    It was recognized as a World Heritage Site in July 2003.

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    Takht-e Soleyman OR Azar Goshnasp!?

    by Behi Updated Feb 11, 2009
    The Lake & The Western veranda, Azar Goshnasp

    Favorite thing: Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon) is a name that given to the site after Islam in order to keep it safe from destruction by Arabs & next invaders.
    Solomon belongs to Semitic legends, according to ancient texts and legends, he possessed a supernatural power & made demons to built such great place.

    The Original name of the site is Azar Gushnasp in Modern Persian.

    Also called Ganjak in Pahlavi Persian texts, Gazka by Romans, Shiz by Islamic historian & Saturiq during the Ilkhanid period in the 14th cent.

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    Azar Goshnasp, The Fire of Male Horse

    by Behi Updated Feb 11, 2009

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    Azar Goshnasp

    Favorite thing: The Original name of the site is Athor Gushnasp in Pahlavi Persian & Azar Gushnasp in Modern Persian & sometimes wrongly Azar Gushasb which is the Fire Temple of the Warriors & Kings.

    Athor = Azar =Fire
    Goshn Asp = Male Horse

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    Azar Goshnasp, What is it?

    by Behi Updated Feb 11, 2009

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    Azar Goshnasp, View from top of Zendan-e Suleiman

    Favorite thing: Azar Goshnasp (Takht-e Soleyman) is a world heritage site with substantial Sassanian and Ilkhanid ruins.

    In the old Persia there were 3 main fire temples:
    Azar Goshnasp the fire temple of warriors or kings in Azarbaijan-e Gharbi province.
    Azar Franbagh the fire temple of the devouts in Pars province.
    Azar borzenmehr the fire temple of farmers in Khorasan province.

    Azar Goshnasp was glorious symbol of Zoroastrian religion for 7 Cent.

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