Friday, 30 June 2017

My 19 Day Iranian Azerbaijan circuit - From the Caspian rives to Tabriz and Takht-e Soleyman - Day 16 (morning) - Takâb - The Unesco designated Takht-e Soleyman complex - The 24th of May 2017

We set off for the famous historical complex named Takht-e Soleiman, one of Takâb's oldest Zoroastrian fire temples. As we stood by the main entrance listening to Mr. Rovillé's explanations the cold wind which had been blowing since early morning started affecting some of us, particularly those who had left the hotel unprepared for such an unexpected cold weather, so after a few long minutes into his explanation Eleonore, Didier and I had to look for a sheltered place. This ultimately led to us to doing just part of the visit that followed.

Based on legendary stories, Takht-e Soleyman and its neighbouring historical attractions, which include a few mountains had been assigned to the prophet Soleyman. According to archaeological excavations there have been some settlements from the first millennium B.C to the Safavid era withing the complex, despite the fact that the most significant belong to the Sassanid (Pre-Islamic) and Ilkhanid (Mongol) periods.

The Azargoshnasb Zoroastrian fire temple is said to have been established in the Sassanid period and been mostly used by Kings and warriors for religious and national ceremonies. The Azaroshnasb fire temple, the temple of Anahita, the khosrow Ivan, the fortification and the Ilkhanid palaces are among the most considerable monuments in the complex.

We had the privilege of being approached by a group of Kurds and speak with them for a while in what turned out to be a fairly rich exhange of information regarding the three countries of the intervening actors in the conversation. 

Because of a minor problem I ended up not joining the group in the afternoon having stayed at the hotel all afternoon.

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