Land of petroglyphs – From the Medes to the Sassanid

Land of petroglyphs – From the Medes to the Sassanid
ID : N-1518 Date : 2018/03/21 - 10:34

(Persia Digest) Kermanshah is a city at the heart of Iran’s western mountains. It has a long history of urbanization and called the city of love by many for its Behistun rock relief and the love story of “Farhad o Shirin” depicted here. Numerous others know it as the city of music, for many prominent Iranian musicians have emerged here, namely Kayhan Kalhor, Shahram Nazeri, Ali-Akbar Moradi, Kay-Khosro, Sohrab and Tahmures Purnazeri, Fereidoun Hafezi, Seyed Khalil ‘Alinejad, Mojtaba Mirzadeh, and many others.


Behistun – A Unesco World Heritage Site

Behistun is near the city of Kermanshah. It is the name of a mountain where inscriptions and rock reliefs have been resting from Achaemenid times. This historic site in its natural landscape was registered by Unesco in 2006.


The Hercules statue, dating back to the Seleucid times, has been resting at the foot of Behistun mountain on a lion skin. You can see him as you approach the mountain greeting you cup in hand.


Taq-e Bostan – A Sassanid legacy


Taq-e Bostan is a collection of inscriptions and petroglyphs of historic scenes from the Sassanid era, dating back to 3rd-century CE. The coronations of Khosro-Parviz, Ardeshir II, Shapur II, Shapur III, inscriptions in Pahlavi script, and scenes of boar hunters, riders, and musicians playing the harp have been engraved here.


The Anahita Temple

The Anahita Temple is one of Iran’s largest stone structures on top of a hill in the city of Kangavar, Kermanshah Province. “Anahita” is the deity of water and the Temple dates back to Parthian or Sassanid eras.


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