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03/02/11

Photos: Snow Covering Historic Takht-e Soleyman

Photos by Mahsa Jamali, Mehr News Agency

Last month snow covered the historic Takht-e Soleyman and created beautiful scenary that didn't escape the eyes of the photographer Mahsa Jamali.

Taxte Soleyman is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, Iran. It lies midway between Urmia 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 Zoroastrian fire temple built during the Sassanid period and partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period. This site got this DSemitic name after the Arab conquest. This temple housed one the three "Great Fires" or "Royal Fires" that Sassanid rulers humbled themselves before in order to ascend the throne. The fire at Takht-i Soleiman was called adur Wishnasp and was dedicated to the arteshtar or warrior class of the Sasanid. (read more)

 
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