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Photos: Espakhou Fire Temple


Photos by Ehsan Kamaly, Mehr News Agency

Espakhou fire temple is one of the oldest structures in Iran's North Khorasan province. According to the studies and excavations by the experts, this ancient temple belongs to the Sassanid era (AD 224-AD 651). The temple is located by the village of Espakhou in the town of Maneh and Solghaman on 115th kilometer of Bojnourd to Golestan road, 65 kilometers to the west of town of Ashkhaneh. The temple is built on top of a high hill next to a forest of pines and cedar trees.

A fire temple in Zoroastrianism is the place of worship for Zoroastrians. Zoroastrians revere fire in any form. In the Zoroastrian religion, fire, together with clean water, are agents of ritual purity. Clean, white "ash for the purification ceremonies [is] regarded as the basis of ritual life," which, "are essentially the rites proper to the tending of a domestic fire, for the temple [fire] is that of the hearth fire raised to a new solemnity" (Boyce, 1975:455).

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