In Takht-e Soleyman, the place interior peace meets outer magnificence

TEHRAN – Nestled in a lonely hole of mountains, surrounded by 1,500-year-old partitions in northwestern Iran, the UNESCO-listed Takht-e Soleyman was as soon as the principle fireplace temple of the Zoroastrian religion in historical Persia .

Takht-e Soleyman is now one of many important journey locations for home and international vacationers who want, even for a couple of minutes, to expertise its peaceable ambiance. Vital to study is what exists At present they’re simply fragments. That manner, you should not anticipate Persepolis-style sculptures. Nonetheless, the sheer age of the positioning and the magnificent setting are sufficient sights.

Overlooking a lake with a snow-covered plateau within the background, the traditional one intertwines a panoramic pure context with a wealthy harmonious composition. It reveals architectural achievements of outstanding common values, which from the inventive, spiritual, legendary and historic viewpoint, emerge from the synergy of a synthetic and spectacular pure atmosphere.

They established the ensemble in a geologically anomalous place the place the bottom of the temple complicated sits on an oval mound measuring roughly 350 by 550 meters. It features a lake of about 80 by 120 meters and a posh of Zoroastrian temples from the Sassanid period devoted to Anahita, an historical goddess of fertility, elements of which have been rebuilt within the thirteenth century in the course of the Ilkhanid period.

They are saying that Takht-e Soleyman’s title will not be based mostly on true historic ties to Outdated Testomony King Solomon, however was a crafty Seventh-century invention by the Persian temple guardians within the face of Arab invasion.

Within the thirteenth century, Takht-e Soleyman grew to become a summer season retreat for the Ilkhanid Mongol khans. The stays of their looking lodge at the moment are lined by a discordant trendy roof that kinds a (typically locked) warehouse for amphorae, unlabeled column fragments, pictures, and a few ceramic sections of these historical fuel pipes.

In accordance with the Britannica Encyclopedia, the encircling panorama was most likely first inhabited within the 1st millennium BC. Some buildings on the mound itself date from the early Achaemenic dynasty (559–330 BC) and there are traces of settlement exercise from the Parthian interval.

Underneath the eyes of vacationers

Beneath is a number of feedback that abroad guests have already posted on TripAdvisor, a reasonably widespread journey website:

“The entire journey to Iran was value it”

Takht-e Soleyman is an incredible place as is Zendan Soleyman. Additionally, there’s a small village between the 2 from the place it’s attainable to hike to the archaeological website (Takht-e Soleyman) and the mountain / volcano (Zendan-e Soleyman). I spent 4 hours all collectively between the 2 websites and the village and would like to return quickly. It’s also possible to sleep within the village in a not too long ago renovated conventional home. Strongly beneficial! (Eugenio_G694 from Milan, Italy)

‘Very fascinating’

That is an fascinating website to go to with many buildings nonetheless seen. It’s in an exquisite location surrounded by stunning mountains. The lake inside the website is giant and with a information explaining the assorted buildings, the entire complicated involves life and you start to understand how magical this place is. (Sus1952 from Palmerston North, New Zealand)

‘A stimulating place, collectively for the mysteries of the earth and for the historical past of males’

This place is much from all of it. Throughout our journey, in addition to on most customer journeys, Takht-e Soleyman required not less than three hours to drive from our earlier cease, Maragheh, and after our departure, three extra hours for our subsequent cease, Sanandaj. . But it could be silly to not cease there, for so long as attainable. This, in reality, is among the few locations on the planet the place you may “breathe” in the identical manner the thriller of nature and the appeal of the millenary historical past of males. The thriller of nature, as a result of the calcium-saturated water flows right here after tens of 1000’s of years, and which finally created the hill about 60 m. on which the positioning stands, along with the pond that crowns the highest of the hill (additionally about 60 m deep, for a diameter of 70 m, subsequently surprisingly deep), reminds us of the thrilling appeal of the land that hosts us all; it makes us take into consideration what lies beneath the landscapes we often see. The fascination of human historical past can also be evident, as a result of the legendary considered our ancestors couldn’t be struck by this proof of the “chthonic” powers, that’s, of the stressed depths of the earth; as for the “Campi Flegrei” close to Naples, or the Bromo volcano on the island of Java. In reality, even on this case, the traditional inhabitants constructed a mythology round some pure phenomena, the mythology that makes this place not solely one of many sacred locations of Zoroastrianism, however “the” most sacred place.

It’s subsequently essential that this go to, much more than for different locations in Iran, enter into the spirit of the civilizations which have interacted with the atmosphere and absolutely perceive it. In any other case you’ll be disoriented by the virtually indecipherable complicated of ruins that match between the pond and the Sassanid period partitions. In case you have time, climb a number of hundred meters up the hill overlooking the ticket workplace and the remaining space: you should have essentially the most stunning view of the positioning. One final comment: after I visited this website I used to be studying Freya Stark’s “Valleys of the Assassins”. From this e-book I discovered that “Takht-e Soleyman” (ie “Throne of Solomon”) can also be the title of a peak within the Alborz Mountains, northwest of Tehran. And later I came upon that one other mountain with this title is in Pakistan (Balochistan area). Discovering that the king and prophet Solomon within the Islamic custom has a popularity as an awesome traveler, builder and “tamer of monsters” (see the “Zendan-e Soleyman”, a number of hundred meters from the pond) has framed me an additional attraction on this go to. (Brun066 from Florence, Italy)

“Off the overwhelmed monitor however value it so long as the climate holds up!”

Only a few Western vacationers enterprise this far, however this Zoroastrian fireplace temple is about in a shocking panorama. The few remaining buildings are ruins, however the website is surrounded by an historical wall and has a placing backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The climate could be very variable, so cowl up heat when the solar goes down. (rdella from the UK)

‘A Unesco website to not be missed’

What an incredible historic website. Right here coexisted Sassanid warriors and kings, Zoroastrian fireplace and worshipers of the water goddess Anahita. Even when the Mongols appeared, they didn’t destroy it, however appreciated its deep Crater Lake and the volcanoes round it. It’s superb that it’s so properly preserved after so lengthy … (Miriahm D. from Colorado, USA)

‘That is unimaginable’

The location is positioned on a volcanic vent mixed with an artesian properly. Over the centuries it was lined with silt from varied drains till the start of the final century. The pool of water could be very deep and the crevices, the supply of the water, go even deeper. The excessive mineral content material helps fertilize the encircling orchards. Curiously, the positioning was vital to the Persians after which additionally to the following Ilkhanid Mongol invaders, who modified it. The information on website was glorious and introduced every part to life (together with the 12 fortresses that encompass it). It is a compelling go to, particularly when you think about the entire context. (PeterC489 from London, England)


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