Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
of a fire temple dating back to the Sassanid era have recently been discovered
during a series of archaeological excavations in the Vigol region near Kashan in
The discovery was made during the latest season
of excavations, which are being carried out by a team of archaeologists led by
Mohsen Javeri and began in mid-June, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and
Handicrafts Organization announced in a press release on Monday.
The cruciform temple has four entrances leading to the ruins of a fireplace
embellished with unique stucco designs, Javeri said.
The team has also unearthed pieces of ornate stucco work at the foot of the
fireplace, he added.
The fire temple floor has been covered with plaster. The walls of the mud
structure have been decorated with plaster dado rails, above which they have
been painted with ocher paint.
The archaeologists surmise that the fire temple was used during the period after
the fall of the Sassanid Empire due to the fact that the plaster on the fire
temple floor has been recovered several times.
"This kind of the Sassanid religious architecture has previously been found in
southern Iran, but this first time such a structure with these characteristics
has been identified in central Iran," Javeri noted.
The fire temple is located in one of the two Sassanid cities, which were
identified in the region in 2005.
Javery said that the cities, which are almost intact, are buried under the
Upcoming studies on the cities could shed light on the transition from the
Sassanid era to the Islamic period and urbanism during the early Islamic eras in
the region, he stated.
The Vigol region is located at a distance of about seven kilometers northeast of
the city of Kashan in Isfahan Province.
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