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Parthian Palace on the Khajeh mountain:


Wall painting, Khajeh mountain (First century AD)

One of the largest mud brick structures of the pre-Islamic period which has covered an area of 40,000 square meters is the Khajeh historical site in Sistan province (SE Iran)

Khajeh Mountain is a small hilly island with a number of ancient remains on its peak, rising out of a seasonal lake thick with reeds, the Hamoon Lake. It is especially beautiful between early spring and early autumn when the water level of the lake rises and the causeway to the island becomes impassable; in winter and late autumn, it is usually possible to walk across, but at other times you will probably have to take a tiny wickerwork punt.

When you reach the peak, you will come first to the remains of a square Parthian and early Sassanid complex containing a large square palace and a Zoroastrian fire temple both built of mud-brick.



Murals from Khajeh mountain

At the south and southeast of the peak are two fairly well preserved forts overlooking the lake.



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Sassanid Palace in Bishapur


Bishapur Mosaic (Third century AD)

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The city of Bishapur, seen from the sky. It was built by Roman soldiers that had been captured after the defeat of the Roman emperor Valerian in 260. Perhaps, the men belonged to the Sixth legion Ferrata, because this unit disappears from our sources after Valerian's defeat. Many aspects of Bishapur's architecture look Roman and do not belong to Iranian building traditions. An example is what specialists call the "Hippodamian street plan", or, to say it clearly: it looks like a gridiron.

The palace with its cruciform throne hall. According to French archaeologists, there was a large dome covering the entire area, but the walls appear to be not strong enough to support a heavy superstructure. Perhaps, the building consisted of four half vaults (iwans) and an open square.[/img]



Bishapur Mosaic

The temple of the water Anahita. It was deeper than the other rooms of the palace. You can reach the interior passing a long stairs.

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  Quote Mast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Sep-2004 at 11:37
Great pictures, thanks Cyrus.
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  Quote ArmenianSurvival Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Sep-2004 at 18:14
Awesome stuff...only making me want to visit Iran even more.
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  Quote Cornellia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Sep-2004 at 18:53

I definitely agree!

Thanks again, Cyrus!

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  Quote Cyrus Shahmiri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Sep-2004 at 05:45

Thanks!

Ardeshir Babakan Palace in Firuzabad

Az, Artekhshir-i Pabak, Shahnshah-i Iran ud Aniran
"I, Ardeshir son of Babak, King of the Kings of Iran and beyond Iran."
, Ardeshir (Founder of Sassanid Empire)


Masterpiece of Persians, the round city of Gur, the first capital of Sassanid Empire

Ancient city of Firuzabad is in a fertile plain in the center of Persia province, It was a completely round city encircled by double walls separated by a 35 m wide ditch pierced by four axial city gates.
There are several historical monuments dated back to early Sassanid era in city of Gur (Firuzabad). The most famous ones are the Terbal Tower and the Fire temple, which were located in the city. Outside the city and in the northern part of the city, you can see two other important historical works. One of them is Ghale Dokhtar (daughter castle) and the other one is Ardeshir Babakan Palace.

Ibn Istakhri, a Muslim Iranian historian, mentions this site as a fire temple of great importance built during the Sassanid dynasty. Other scholars, historians, and archeologists report this site to be the palace built by Ardeshir during late Parthian or early Sassanid times. Whichever proves to be true, this site is certainly a monument to the daring personality of Ardeshir, the founder of the Sassanid Empire.

The palace of Ardeshir overlooks a small lake fed by a rich spring; water flowing from this lake feeds the ancient city of Gur. The main entrance iwan of the palace enjoys the view of the lake and its vicinity. It is believed that a Persian style garden enclosed the palace and its lake.

The iwan or arched entry was a building innovation of the later Parthian era which is found  predominately in Sassanain palaces and buildings of importance. One can still see older homes in Firuzabad and nearby towns using the iwan as a main entrance overlooking its garden.
The Sassanid style iwan is usually constructed between two halls as supporting elements of the iwan hall. This style is used in other Sassanid palaces in Kazerun, Qasr Shirin, Sarvestan and Damghan.

As one walks toward the main iwan of the Firuzabad palace, we see the majestic size of the 44 feet arch, built at about 224 AD using local construction techniques. The two parallel walls were gradually built closer by the arch-shaped ceiling while the main load was carried by the background thick wall. One could enter the throne room through the gate in the background wall.
The throne room is a majestic room with the height of almost a three story building. Remaining plaster works on the walls depict use of Achaemenian patterns.


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  Quote Gallipoli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Sep-2004 at 05:47
I love the Elhambra Palace. It is the product of the Islamic Enlightement. There are actually pictures of blonde women in the engravements. Wonderful city as well. I was there 7 years ago.
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100 columns palace in Persepolis

The construction of Persepolis or (Parseh) according to the southern wall inscription of Persepolis started at the time of Darius the Great, and at his command in 518 B.C. and was not completed in less than a period of 180 years. The total area of Persepolis amounts to 125,000 sq. meters, and it is built on a platform which amounts to 8-18 meters above the plain.

Palace of 100 columns was the largest hall in Persepolis which Darius the Great used for reception and meetings with his army commanders.


A Column


Bull Column Capital


Another type of Column Capital

Imagine the size of Palace!

 

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Cool pictures Cyrus
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I post these pictures that you post some pictures too!
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  Quote Umbrella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Sep-2004 at 10:37
Yeah just keep sucking up, thats your plan B ...
lol, admin you idiotic ethnonym-hijacker, Zagros is the land of REAL Persians and REAL Medians you filth , HISTORY tells us that you fars cheuvenist, you'll very SOOOORRYY scumm, now go and f**k yours
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Umbrella, tell us yourself, should we ban you?



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  Quote boody4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Sep-2004 at 19:32

Thks alot now ur making me wanna go see these wonderfully beautiful palaces, even though i dont have the money in the world to travel all the way to Iran .

Anyways BEAUTIFUL palaces!

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  Quote demon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Sep-2004 at 19:50
Inpressive palaces I should say....it is as impressive as those mysterious aztec/mayan pyramids on Yucatan  I also like taht unicorn column thing
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Mayan Palaces

 

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more mayan palaces and temples:

 

Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza ruins, Yucatan
 
 
 
 
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Teotihuacan

 

 


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I like that last pic, all those funky shapes and faces sticking out.

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  Those funky faces are actually The Feather Serpent ( Quetzalcoatl ) God of the Wind and Tlaloc, God of the Water.

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