Takht-e Soleyman Travel Guide

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Takht-e Soleyman Things to Do

  • Royal Southeastern Entrance Gate

    Southeastern Entrance Gate was for Royal access & well-preserved since Sassanid era (224–651) with its gallery of blind windows above and its lateral semicircular bastions

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  • Reconstructed part of southern...

    a small part of southern Fortification reconstructed as it's orginal.It makes good view of the shape of site in its glorious era.The walls thickness is 3.8m & 6.3 - 8.3m height, & 38 semicircular towers.

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  • Place of Immortal Fire

    It's Place of Immortal Fireno sign of ashes found here, It should been connected to a natural gas source.

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  • Azar Goshnasp

    The Fire of Azar Goshnasp was kept at this place.Recorded it had golden dome.Now it's closed to the public.

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  • Anahita Temple

    Aredvi Sura Anahita (Arədvī Sūrā Anāhitā in Avestan, Ardwisur Anahid or Nahid in Middle and Modern Persian, Anahit in Armenian) is the name of the angel of 'the Waters (Aban) and hence associated with fertility, healing and wisdom.Anahita means immaculate.beside all fire temple should been spring or river as symbol of...

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  • The northern veranda

    Says It was Shahanshah coronation place in Sassanid era (224–651). Recorded Sassanid Shahanshah should go on foot for coronation to this place from Ctesiphon (Modern Baghdad).

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  • The Lake

    Azar Goshnasp was obviously chosen for its natural peculiarity; an outcrop of limestone, about 60 m above the valley, built up by the sediments of the overflowing calcinating water of a thermal spring-lake (21° C) with about 80m diameter and more than 60m depth on the top of the hill.The Level & temperature is always constant, but manipulating of...

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  • Zendan-e Soleyman (Prison of Salomon)

    Zendan-e Soleyman (Prison of Salomon) located about 3 km west of Takht-e Soleyman.Zendan-e Soleyman (Prison of Salomon) is a name that given to the site after Islam just same as Takht-e Soleyman then Zendan-e Soleyman was the place that Solomon used to imprison demons.Zendan-e Soleyman height is about 100m above the valley, with about 65m diameter...

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  • Zendan-e Soleyman during the ages

    Zendan-e Soleyman once was as like as the lake in Takht-e Soleyman.There were spring at ground & it was full of water then ran dry in portohistoric times (probably 700-500 BC).Discovered clay pipes from ancient times, prove it .Existing evidences reveal it was holy Mannaeans temple (10th to 7th cent. Bc)Reminds of buildings are visible at north...

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  • The Western veranda

    The Western veranda seems was smaller copy of Ctesiphon palace The Capital (Modern Baghdad). It's major Sassanid structure in the site.Steel rods keep it standing.

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  • Mithraism Mehrab & Altar

    Two corridor at north & south of the western veranda were Mithraism Mehrab & altar belong to Parthian Empire(248 Bc–224 AD).

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  • Gallery

    The building of Council is Gallery to show some discovered objects.Pix:1 & 2. Replica of Ilkhanid Tile, 13th cent.Original Tiles are kept in Reza Abbasi museum, Tehran3 & 4. Ilkhanid Bowl, 13th cent.

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  • Bijar city near Takht-e Soleyman

    Bijar is a city located in Kurdistan Province of Iran. Its estimated population as of 2006 is 46,153. With an elevation of 1883.4 meters, Bijar is called the Roof of Iran.The majority of the inhabitants of Bijar are Shia Kurds. Bijar is known internationally for its elegant and ancient carpet and rug designs. The term bijar could be a variation of...

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  • Zendan-e Soleiman (Soloman Prison)

    An very obvious conical peak which dominates the valley landscape is a prison on top of a conical peak. It is about 1.5 km west of Nostrabad. Once it too had a fortified, magical crater lake, like Takht-e Soleyman, till one side of the cone collapsed.

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  • Takht-e Soleyman

    Takht-e Soleyman is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, Iran. It lies midway between Urumieh and Hamadan, very near the present-day town of Takab, and 400 km (250 miles) west of Tehran.The originally fortified site, which is located on a crater rim, was recognized as a World Heritage Site in July 2003. The citadel includes the remains of a...

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Takht-e Soleyman Transportation

  • Takab Road to Azar Goshnasp

    If Just going to visit Azar Goshnasp, The Tekab road is better & safe & less expensive but linger.To Takab is possible by bus then Taxi for another 42km to Azar Goshnasp.Another possible path is Zanjan-Dandi-Azar Goshnasp, this one is mountainous & need rental car. I've indicated the akab road in light green on map.

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  • Taxi from Zanjan to Takht-e Soleyman

    I took taxi from here to Takht-e Soleyman for IR450,000 (May 2008). It takes good 2 hours one way and the ride is very scenic with strolling hills. Along the way, the taxi passed by Dandy, which is about 1 hour from Zanjan and 1 hour before Takht-e Soleyman. There is nothing much to see in Dandy. You need at least 1 hour to stay in Takht-e...

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Takht-e Soleyman Local Customs

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    Gahanbar ceremony, Azar Goshnasp

    by Behi Updated Feb 21, 2009

    Zoroastrian held Gahanbar ceremony in Azar Goshnasp on August.

    Gahanbar are the festivals celebrated by the Zoroastrian at six seasons of the year which correspond with the six periods of creation:
    1. Maidhyozaremaya
    2. Maidhyoshema
    3. Paitishahya
    4. A yathrema
    5. Maidhyarya
    6. Hamaspathmacdha

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Takht-e Soleyman What to Pack

  • Chilly nights

    The region is very cold in winter & even chilly nights in summer.I recommend to have suitable Clothing & shoes for climbing.

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  • Things to pack for Takht-e-Sulieman

    Day sac to carry stuff you might need comfy shoes for climbing to the summit of the prison and walking around the sites. Loose fitting clothes, (it's quite exposed to the sun ) Carry prescription medicines -I'm not sure if there is a pharmacy in Takab.Sunscreen - it's pretty exposed All you can carry! again, not sure if there are shops in Takab...

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Takht-e Soleyman Off The Beaten Path

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    Strange shapes on Stones, Azar Goshnasp 2 more images

    by Behi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    looking stones for strange shapes.
    I found some, guides didn't know what are these shapes.
    I guess it could be marks from earlier structures as Mannaeans Temple or the marks created by workers.

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  • Map of the Azar Goshnasp Complex

    Map of the Azar Goshnasp Complex:1. The northern veranda2. Azar Goshnasp3. Place of Immortal Fire4. Anahita Temple5. The Western veranda6. Mithraism Mehrab & Altar7. Dining Hall8. Northern Entrance Gate9. Gallery10. Reconstructed part of southern Fortification11. Royal Southeastern Entrance Gate

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  • History of Azar Goshnasp

    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...

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  • Takht-e Soleyman OR Azar Goshnasp!?

    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...

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