Anahita Temple: lost or listed

Anahita Temple: lost or listed
ID : N-942 Date : 2017/12/31 - 20:52

(Persia Digest) – Anahita Temple is the name of a site in Kangavar in Kermanshah, attributed to the deity Anahita, dating back to the Ashkanid Parthian times. It has been waiting to be registered as a Unesco registered site for years now. But, the slow process of renovations has popstponed this.

The Anahita Temple is one of a kind in Kangavar remaining from the Ashkhanid era, neglected for many decades by its officials and on the verge of destruction. But the past few years have witnessed a revamp of the Temple building in order to have it registered as an international site and give it a new lease of life.

The heritage conservation director of the monument believes that we are 5-7 years away from registering it as a world site. In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Babak Taherian said: “Anahita Temple has been on the Unesco waiting list for a number of years now. If the works proceed according to plan, we envisage a 5-7 year landscape until globalization of the site. The Kangavar historic enclosure known as Anahita Temple has been given a new lease of life and is taking its first steps towards Unesco registration.”

The Temple is at the center of Kangavar, on the Silk Road, atop a natural 32-meters high dune overlooking the surrounding land. This is a foursquare historic national site no 31 registered in 1931. This ancient site is enclosed by four walls, each 18 meters thick, bewildering every sightseer.


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