(Persia Digest) – Takht-e Soleyman Winter Festival is to be held at the mineral spa of the same name in the city of Takab in northwestern Iran on 9 February.

The Takht-e Soleyman World Heritage Site enjoys a vast intact nature and mineral springs. The main objective of the festival is to introduce regional potentials and attract winter tourists.

The festival includes various recreational activities such as the snowman-making competition, making the historical elements of Takab with ice and snow, serving local foods in different stands and holding various local games and contests.

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According to Persia Digest (PD), Takht-e Soleyman, or the Azargoshnasb Fire Temple, is the name of a vast historic area near Takab in West Azarbaijan Province.

It was the largest temple of ancient Persians in the Sassanid period and their training and social center. The lake of Soleyman, Azargoshnasb Fire Temple, Anahita Temple, Khosrow’s Ivan and the Hall of Pillars are located in the Takht-e Soleyman complex.  

This is the fourth Iranian historic site which was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Takht-e Soleyman lies near a natural lake the water of which flows out of a spring 120 meters deep.

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There are different legends about the name of the complex. Some people believe that it was built by King Solomon who used to live there, while others say Takht-e Soleyman was built during the Arab invasion of Iran and was given the name King Solomon to save it from attacks by Arabs on Zoroastrian fire temples. 

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