Takht-e-Soleyman, Fire Temple
Takht-e-Soleyman, Fire Temple Zanjan Reviews
The Throne of Solomon Fire Temple Sep 26, 2014
Taken at Takht-e Soleyman,
Takht-e Soleyman (The Throne of Solomon) is a remote prehistoric mound dating from c.6000 B.C. in West Azarbaijan, Iran
The complex dating back from c.1500 to c. 1100 B.C. includes remains of a Sassanian palace, citadel, Zoroastrian fire temple and Il-Khanid buildings grouped round a bottomless lake (water spring) of deep blue and although the site was discovered in 1819 by a British traveler, thoroughly investigated by Prof. Arthur Pope in 1937 for an archaeological survey by the American Institute for Iranian Art & Archaeology, and was excavated in late 1950s. 3 km, north of Takht-e Soleyman you’ll find a conical mountain looking like an extinct volcano called Zendan-e Soleyman (Solomon’s Prison); it is said that Solomon captivated beasts in his prison.
The gateway still retains some of its original facing: the large slabs with alternating stretchers & headers and seven niches over the arch. Through this gate runs seven water channels cut into the rock; only two of which now convey water down the slopes. Despite the continuous rushing of streams from the “magic lake” the water level of this 100 m. wide never drops.
It was called Shiz to the Arabs and Saturiq to the Moguls and at all times a religious site. Sassanian kings made pilgrimage here on foot after their coronation to offer rich gifts and homage & receive the divine investiture at the great fire sanctuary of Adhar Gushnasp, the Royal Fire or Fire of the Warriors.
Takht-e Soleyman was inscribed on the national heritage list of Iran in 1931 and only in 2003 inscribed as one of the few (only 17) historical sites in Iran World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. However the current state of this site is neglectful; and the only untouched element is the eternal water-spring lake.
The site is currently located in Takab on a remote plain surrounded by mountains in northwestern Iran’s West Azarbaijan province. As cited in Persia: An Archaeological Guide, 1972, “The road goes through very beautiful fertile farming country & villages where the stork nest on rooftops.” which is still valid after 42 years.
An eternal meeting place of water, fire, wind, and earth elements and a beautiful place to celebrate one’s birthday!
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