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Takht-e Suleiman, an Iranian wonder

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Topic: Takht-e Suleiman, an Iranian wonder
Posted By: Cyrus Shahmiri
Subject: Takht-e Suleiman, an Iranian wonder
Date Posted: 31-Jan-2008 at 11:38

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/seven-wonders-and-one-deception.html - Seven Wonders and One Deception

The great religious center of the Zoroasterian Orthodoxy Adhar Ghushnap – Praaspa – (today’s Takht –e Suleyman) in the northern confines of the Iranian province of Kurdistan existed already at the times of Callimachus.

However, that part of Iran had not been invaded by Alexander, and for 80 years (330 – 250 BCE) his successors, the Seleucids, only nominally ruled that province that rose to religious and architectural significance in the later Arsacid (Parthian, 250 BCE – 224 CE) years and was promoted to foremost sacredness mostly in the Sassanid times (224 – 651 CE), when every newly invested Shah of Iran, immediately after his coronation had to walk on foot from Tesifun (Ctesiphon, in the south of today’s Baghdad) to the Great Sacred Enclosure of Adhar Ghushnap (a distance of more than 500 km through the almost impenetrable Zagros mountains).

It was there where the Holy Fire was never extinguished, it was there were Marc Anthony failed against the Parthians, it was there where the Original Copy of Avesta was preserved. Around an until recently believed as bottomless lake out of which flows an unusually warm, healing water, several sacred buildings were located within an enclosure built at a height of 3000 m. Many remains and the entire enclosure have been preserved down to our times, as the Islamic invaders did not destroy a markedly monotheistic religious center.

Certainly Takht-e Suleyman is far more important as achievement and as contribution to the formation of the World History than places like Machu Picchu, Colosseum and Chichen Itza. Simply Iran is highly unpopular, and tourism in Iran was never a major concern for the voting masses who never heard of Takht-e Suleyman – let alone saw a picture.

Of course, it was wise for UNESCO to take some distance from the debased effort to offer the right to select to those who have no such right, but one may wonder whether this statement is truly enough.




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Posted By: Decebal
Date Posted: 01-Feb-2008 at 19:46
Originally posted by Cyrus Shahmiri Cyrus Shahmiri wrote:

Certainly Takht-e Suleyman is far more important as achievement and as contribution to the formation of the World History than places like Machu Picchu, Colosseum and Chichen Itza. Simply Iran is highly unpopular, and tourism in Iran was never a major concern for the voting masses who never heard of Takht-e Suleyman – let alone saw a picture.

That is highly debatable, Cyrus. The Coliseum for instance was a very important building in Roman history, since it was arguably the most important element in controlling the core city of an empire whose importance one cannot deny. Chichen Itza can be seen as one of many Maya city-states, though it was one of the most important and it is one of the best preserved. Whether a pre-Islamic Iranian sanctuary is more important than it, depends on one's point of view and bias. You won't get much argument for the (lack of) importance of Machu Picchu as a site important for history, but it is however a very important site for archeology...

Anyway, nice pictures. As far as I'm concerned, I would love to go to Iran someday, and it is high on my list of places to visit. I'll make sure to add Takht-e-Suleyman to the list of places to visit on that trip.


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Posted By: Cyrus Shahmiri
Date Posted: 04-Feb-2008 at 15:55
As I gave its link, it is an article from Buzzle.com, I myself believe there are several more important buildings in other countries, even in Iran.


Posted By: Gharanai
Date Posted: 08-Feb-2008 at 12:32
Thanks alot for the wonderful pictures, I was looking for some new pictures of it (as I had some old ones) and there you go, you did me the favor, so once again thanks for it.

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Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 08-Feb-2008 at 14:43
I wish it were better preserved.

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Posted By: Cyrus Shahmiri
Date Posted: 10-Feb-2008 at 18:20
You are welcome! Smile


Posted By: Julius Augustus
Date Posted: 23-Mar-2008 at 06:24
i share the same wish, alas Iran seems to be destroying their pre-islamic past. 


Posted By: Suren
Date Posted: 23-Mar-2008 at 07:00
Cyrus @ are they rebuilding the monument with modern material like cement and bricks.
( Miras farhangi dare ba ajor va siman bana ro tarmim mikone bejaye block haye sangi? ) Confused 

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