Head of West
Azarbaijan province Cultural Heritage Department Behrouz Omrani
declared in Mahabad, West Azarbaijan province on Sunday
the outset of the third season of archaeological excavation in
Takht-e Soleyman Complex in the city of Takab.
He told IRNA that a 10-member group of Iranian archaeologists
are in charge of the excavation at Takht-e Soleyman Complex,
which has recently been listed as a global heritage.
"The project mainly aims at examining the link between the
seals of the Sassanid era with the administrative units included in
the complex and identification of the administration system operating
in the city of Takht-e Soleyman under the rule of Sassanids," he
During the excavation, the connection between the major northern
gate with the fire temple in the complex will be examined and
In the second season of the excavations, it was enlightened
that under the reign of Ilkhanids, Takht-e Soleyman Complex,
excluding the official section, was converted into a charitable
township consisting of a bazaar, mosque, bathroom and a number of
residential buildings around the northern gate.
The complex located to the northeast of the present city of
Takab in West Azarbaijan province is one of the three major
Zoroastrian fire temples.
During the reign of Sassanid dynasty, it was called Azargoshasb.
The monument has also been registered as 'Shiz' and 'Ganzak'.
During the 27th meeting of the Cultural Heritage Commission of
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) in Paris, a clear majority voted in favor of listing it
as a global monument without facing any opposition.
Takht-e Soleyman is the relic of the tower, big palace and the
residents of Zoroastrian priests in Parthian and Sassanid eras. It
was later destroyed under the raid of the Romans and the plunder of
The castle consists of a pool, praying center, entry gates, high
pillars, a veranda, fire places, mineral water reserves and
Takab with a population of 85,000 is located to the south of
West Azarbaijan province in northwestern Iran some 300 kms from the
center of the province.
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