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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Takht-e Soleyman, Iran[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Takht-e Soleyman (تخت سلیمان) is an archaeological site in Iran that has been recognised by as a World Heritage Site. Also written as Taxte Soleyman, it is located near the town of Takab, about 400 km (250 miles) to the west of Tehran.
The ruins of Takht-e Soleyman was built around the rims of a crater, the middle of which is filled with spring water. According to local folklore, King Solomon used to keep monsters imprisoned within the crater. However the site is believed to pre-date the arrival of tales of King Solomon, which came this way when Islam spread through the area.
Takht-e Soleyman, Iran
Among the ruins of Takht-e Soleyman is that of a Zoroastrian fire temple. It was built during the period of the Sassanid Empire, which ruled the area from AD 224 until AD 651. The temple was built in the Ilkhanid period in the 13th century, when the region was under the Mongols.
Takht-e Soleyman was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 29 June - 5 July, 2003.
The site is inscribed under a number of criteria, among them it is recognised for its outstanding ensemble of royal architecture, and that the structures blend harmoniously to their natural context. It is also an exceptional testimony to the continuation of a cult related to fire and water that had existed for over two and a half thousand years. The Takht-e Soleyman site is also an outstanding example of Zoroastrian sanctuary, with its palatial architecture, which is a prototype of later structures.
World Heritage Site Inscription DetailsLocation: N36 36 14 E47 14 6 in Western Azerbaijan Province, Iran
Inscription Year: 2003
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, VI
Ruins of Takht-e Soleyman
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