"Day 7 Takht-e- Suleiman - Throne of Soloman" Top 5 Page for this destination Iran Things to Do Tip by suvanki
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A short drive from Zendan-e-Soleiman, we arrived at this Unesco World Heritage Site.
It was once known as Azergoshnasb, and was important as the Spiritual centre for followers of Zoroastrianism in the 3rd Century AD. This was the main religion of Iran until the Arab Conquest. Followers, believe their omnipotent and invisible god, is represented as fire, hence Fire Temples, which can still be seen around Iran. Many mosques have been constructed on the sites of former fire temples.
Today, Zoroastrians mainly live in Yazd (Where its Temple flame has been burning for over 4,000 years) and Tehran.
Zoroastrianism is also known as Mazdaism - (Ahura Mazda, being their supreme god) and Majism - as the ancient priests were called Magi. The 3 Wise Kings, or Magi in the Bible are believed to have been Zoroastrian Magi.
Besides worshipping fire - Water, Wind and Earth are respected elements, and this site was ideal.
Naturally produced gas from the volcanoes, was chanelled to the temple, to maintain an eternal flame. Water formed in the crater lake, which is one of the centrepieces of the site today, and this was also chanelled into the temple.
Due to its location, high on an open plain, it is often quite windswept.
Later, Takht-e-Suleiman was inhabited by the Mongol Ilkhanid khans, who used it as a summer retreat. Over the years, the site became neglected, with the structures collapsing, and decaying.
Much restoration and reconstruction has taken place, and is still on going.
A museum has been set up in the former Hunting palace, with displays of pottery, stonework and other artifacts. There is also a display of photos and information of work by UNESCO, scientific projects etc. Staff are on hand to answer questions.
After purchasing some post cards and a laminated plan of the site (3,000 rials), we set off for the drive to our next destination the famed Ali Sadr Caves.
I've started my Takht-e-Suleyman page, but I think it will be a while before it's complete!
Directions: Western Iran. Nearest towns - Takab and Bijar
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