Day 55: Solomon's throne
Takht-e Soleiman Travel Blog› entry 80 of 260 › view all entries
May 30th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
At the southern end of Zanjan I found a taxi stop with cars waiting to take passengers to Dandy, which is in the direction of Takht-e Soleiman. Let's see if I could convince a driver to take me to the ruins and back, a roundtrip of more than 350 kilometres.
After some hard bargaining I had found someone willing to do it for $35 (which is less than is indicated in my guidebook) and off we went.
It was a very long drive to the ruins, but fortunately a very scenic one.
What makes Takht-e Soleiman so special is that it is one of the few pre-Islamic (approx 3rd century BC) sites in Iran which was spared by the invading Arabs. The reason for this was thanks to a cunning ruse by the Zoroastrian monks who lived here in the 7th century. Knowing the Arab's reverence of the old testiment they renamed the site Throne of King Solomon, which spared it the destruction most other Zoroastrian sites in the country endured, even though Solomon had nothing to do with the place. The Arabs turned the place into a fortress, which in turn saved the place from destruction from the Mongols in the 13th century.
The place did not stand the test of time though and today there is in fact very little left of the site.
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