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Takht-e Soleyman

Takht-e Soleyman is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, Iran. It lies midway between Urumieh 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 sanctuary built during the Sassanid period, and partially rebuilt during the Ilkhanid period. According to legend, the temple housed one the three "Great Fires" or "Royal Fires" (see Fire Temple). Sassanid rulers are said to have journeyed there to humble themselves at the fire altar before ascending the throne.

Folk legend relates that King Solomon used to imprison monsters inside the 100 m deep crater of the nearby Zendan-e Soleyman "Prison of Solomon". Another crater inside the fortification itself is filled with spring water; Solomon is said to have created a flowing pond that still exists today. Nevertheless, Solomon belongs to Semitic legends and therefore, the lore and namesake (Solomon's Throne) should have been formed following Islamic conquest of Persia. After the Conquest, the Arabs sought to destroy anything Zoroastrian or Persian, as these things were deemed to be contrary to Islam. In order to avoid this, the Persians changed the names of many sites and monuments to save them from destruction.

Its location is dramatic, up in the mountain at over 2,600m with a large volcanic lake in the centre. The enclosing walls, built in early Saanid times to honohur this place, whic is the home to one of the four important sacred fires of Zoroastrianism.'

Admission IR4,000 (May 2008).

Takht-e Soleyman

THis is the map of Takht-e Soleyman. It is located next to the ticket office Admission IR4,000 (May 2008). This gives you a good idea of what is what!.

  • Last visit to Takht-e Soleyman: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2008
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  • Jul 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    i am from iran please call me

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    Aug 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Hi! enjoyed reading about your experience of this site. Will get my pics and tips here soon. Best Wishes, Sue


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