Takht-e Soleyman meaning “the throne of Solomon” is the holiest shrine of Zoroastrianism and the most important relic of the former Sassanid Empire .The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman, in north-western Iran, is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. It was created in the 6th century by the Persian Empire of the Sassanids, and was partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period 13th-14th century. They added new constructions and reused the site as a palace. The site officially comprises one location, but there are 6 sublocations such Takht-e Soleyman with its firetemple and Anahita temple, the small hill Zendan-e Suleiman (‘Solomon’s prison’), a mountain to the east that served as quarry for the construction of the site, the archaeological mound Tepe Majid and Belqeis Mountain with a citadel .Our British guests, who had been accompanied by well-informed guide-drriver, Reza, believed that Takht-e Soleyman represents an outstanding example of Zoroastrian sanctuary, integrated with Sasanian palatial architecture within a composition, which can be seen as a prototype.
|Takht-e Soleyman, north-western Iran|