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    Javan mard Ghassab ( chivalric butcher )

    by omidamini Written Aug 9, 2010

    In Rey is a tomb and it name is Javan mard Ghassab or chivalric butcher .his story is half fable and half historical.
    People said once upon a time a bondwoman wanted meat from chivalric, but she refuse all meat from chivalric, after that the man angry and refuse the bondwomen, she cried and in this time Ali ( ع ( the first Muslim leader said to chivalric to pay meat to women but again he refused, after Ali leave he, a person said about he and the chivalric cut his hand and eyes. but Ali cure he.
    Now many people went to his tomb and pray.

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    Tappeh Mil (1)

    by Behi Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    Tappeh Mil is the name of a district near Varamin. When you travel 11 kilometers from the road leading Shahr-e Rey to Varamin (Varamin Road), you come across a side road which ends with Tappeh Mil. Tappeh Mil itself is visible from the Varamin Road.

    this historical site has been called Tepe Mil (hill of pillars) because of the two high pillars remaining from the old building.

    The destruction of the monument, which the experts believe, based on historical evidence there, can be compared to Acropolis in Greece.

    it is believed that the building was a worship place for Zoroastrians(Varharam fire place), but until ashes are not found, the belief can not be confirmed.
    or it could be Parthian palace.

    The diameter of the pillars is 2 meters and two porticoes are found around it. A panel which is decorated with a Swastikas, belonging to the Sassanid era, has also been found near the building.

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    Tappeh Mil - Gallery (2)

    by Behi Written Sep 16, 2008

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    A small building beside Tappeh Mil housed excavated artifacts.
    as Large pieces of building ornament show decoration with leaves and other plant material on temple building, ceramic pot, oil lamp & three large ceramic containers are standing in the hallway.

    Tappeh Mil is place where you can exmine your knowledge about Mithraeism.
    Mithraeism symbols can be visited here as:
    1. Fishes
    2. Swastikas
    3. Pine cones

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    Cheshmeh Ali

    by Behi Updated Sep 16, 2008

    Cheshmeh Ali is a small Neolithic and Late Chalcolithic mound. The 7m high mound, 3.5 hectares in extent, sits adjacent to a small spring and abuts a rocky ridge at the edge of the Islamic city of Ray.

    The hill, which is now entirely leveled out and most artifacts unrecoverable due to real estate expansion in the 80s & 90s, was the home of Aryans about 7000 years ago.

    In 1933-6 Cheshmeh Ali hill was excavated by archaeologists from the Boston Fine Arts Museum and the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania headed by Dr. Erich Schmidt, which resulted in the discovery of 7000 years old artifacts. Some of the discovered objects are displayed at museums in Iran, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

    http://www.irantouronline.com/tehran/natural-attractions/ali-cheshmeh-ali-spring-ray.html

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    Dej-e Rashkan, Cheshmeh Ali

    by Behi Written Sep 16, 2008
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    Dej-e Rashkan is small remnants of the city rampart.
    The Rampart firstly build in the Parthian era when Ray was the spring residence of the kings.(247 BC - 220 AD)
    Ray called Arsacia, in the Parthian era then the name of Dej-e Rashkan come from Arsacia.

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    Zendan-e Haroun

    by Behi Written Sep 15, 2008

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    Zendan-e Haroun (Haroun's Prison) but it's not prison.
    It seems was kiosk in hunting ground dates back to the Buyid era (934–1055) & some believes it dates back to the Sassanid era.

    It's simple small cubic building but architecture make it an important & unique building.
    It is claimed to be one of the earliest type of Duplex building in world.

    Zendan-e Haroun is located among pomegranate garden, in the southern suburbs of Tehran, Shahr-e Ray, 15th km Khorasan road, on the feet of Mesgar Abad mountain.

    It's not easy to reach, should cross a Sepah garrison.

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    Bibi Shahr Banu Shrine (2)

    by Behi Written Sep 14, 2008

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    It is comprised of two courtyards, the entrance veranda, a praying niche and a water well.
    It is bordered by a mountain to the north, a valley to the east and south and an asphalt road to the west.
    Its structure, which is constructed by stone and plaster, dates back to the Buyid era (934–1055)

    The Shrine dedicated to commemorate Princess Shahr Banu, eldest daughter of the last ruler of the Sassanid Empire.

    It was obviously a pre-Islamic shrine
    some sources as Mary Boyce, attribute the shrine to the goddess of water and fertility, Anahita, claiming it was renamed in Islamic times to protect it from destruction after the conversion to Islam.

    I'm not expert but it's situation in mountain & some hand made caves around it make me to claim it was Mithraism temple for me.

    Bibi Shahr Banu Shrine is located in 35°35.43′N, 51°29.58′E, the southern suburbs of Tehran, Shahr-e Ray, 1.5 km to the north of Amin-abad on the mountain rocks named after her (Koh-e Bibi Shahr Banu).

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    Bibi Shahr Banu Shrine - Legend (1)

    by Behi Written Sep 14, 2008

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    Bibi Shahr Banu Shrine is located 1.5 km to the north of Amin-abad on the mountain rocks.

    Shahr Banu means "The Lady of the Land"

    According to a commonly-told story "Shahr Banu has been the eldest daughter of Yazdegerd III, the last Shahanshah of the Sassanid dynasty of Iran and Imam Hussein's (third Shia Imam) wife and the mother of the 4th Shia Imam.

    After the defeat of Yazdigerd III, Shahrbanu and other members of the Persian royal house were taken captive by the Arab armies and sent to Medina in 7th cent.
    All had gathered in the mosque of Medina to see what the decision of the caliph, about the captives was. Ali ibn Abi Talib (the first Shi’ah Imam and the fourth Sunni Caliph) then said to Umar, "leave the girls free so that they marry whosoever they wish."
    Shahrbanu chose Husayn ibn Ali and Her sister chose Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr.
    After marrying Hussain ibn Ali, Shahrbanu gave birth to a son, Ali ibn Hussain, the fourth Shi'a Imam."

    No historic evidence does not confirm such this story, It seems to be just a legend created for some political & religious reasons, as making Islam as Iranian friendly religion, Sassanid Royal linage for Shi’ah Imams & etc.

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    Borj-e Tughrul - History (1)

    by Behi Updated Sep 6, 2008

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    Borj-e(Tower) Tughrul was constructed under the reign of Saljuks at the order of Toghrol who died in Ray in 1063.
    Originally, like other monuments of its time, it was capped by a conical dome, which would have added to its height. The dome collapsed during an earthquake.
    The brick tower is 20 meters high and The thickness of the walls varies from 1.75 to 2.75m. The inner and outer diameters are 11 and 16m respectively. The exterior shape is that of a polygon with 24 angles in its design.

    At the top of the tower Kufic inscription were originally observable. Nasereddin Shah ordered some restorations to be made to the top part of the tower, which was collapsing in 1884.

    Some believe the tower is tomb of Tughrul I or last Toghrol of Saljuk dynasty or is memorial building.
    but in fact it is huge clock.

    Mohamad Mohit Tabatabei the father of Contemporary history of Iran has been buried in garden.

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    Borj-e Tughrul, the huge clock (2)

    by Behi Written Apr 20, 2008

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    these are hands of clock, Borj-e Tughrul
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    The Tower is huge observatory same as Radkan tower in Khorasan province.
    each 24 sections of the exterior wall stands for an hour.
    among each 2 sections is a indentation that stand for a half hour.
    & then each half hour sections are divided in 2 sections that each one stands for 15 minutes.
    & the upper sections indicate minutes.

    same as The Radkan tower, The holes in the wall (filled in restoration during Qajar) of The Tughrul tower indicated seasons & exact time of Norouz.
    The tower could indicate time for Azan.

    also the top of dome of Tower was a light house for caravans in the night to direct them to city.

    the other property of building is its precise acoustic.

    http://www.parssky.com/news/articles/default.aspx/?NewsID=1163084443&Cat=Iran

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    Imamzadeh Shah-e Abdal-Azim

    by js77 Updated Dec 25, 2006

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    The most interesting object in Rey is Imamzadeh Shah-e Abdal-Azim. There is a bettel wood sarcophagus of Imam Hussein descendent. Imamzadeh is very beautifull from inside. The taxi driver who lead me there told me not to make photos inside, so you have to go there yourself to see it.

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    Gonbad-e Toghoral

    by js77 Written Dec 23, 2006

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    This is 12th century tomb tower of Seljuk king. The place (behind high wall) was closed in the late afternoon, but my taxi driver knocked hard and could talk with the guard that he let us in for some extra money.

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    Fath Ali Shah portrait, Cheshmeh Ali

    by Behi Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    In 1831, Fath-Ali Shah portrait and that of some Qajar princes were engraved on a rock at Cheshmeh Ali hill and its surrounding was decorated with tablets covered by poetry.

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    Cheshmeh Ali

    by js77 Written Dec 23, 2006

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    This is a place with some remains of Citadel (if I understood right) on the cliff and Mineral Springs besides. There were also some carvings in that cliff.

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