Temple of Anahita, Kangavar

March 1, 2019
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A delegation was dispatched by Iran’s Archeology Department to Nahid hill in Kangavar, Kermanshah, in 1968 to carry out some archeological explorations. Headed by Seifollah Kambakhash, the team spent much time and effort to unearth the area for studies.

On top levels, some relics were uncovered; the main of which was a Hammam from the 4th century AH.

Digging up went on to search the layers beneath; some items like pottery, coins, coffins, and ewes, dating to the Achaemenid, were also unearthed.

The initial studies showed that approximately 53,000 square meters of the entire hill contained historic relics; of which only a couple of broken pillars alongside scattered carved objects were of special note. The residential places were removed from atop and around the hill to complete investigations.

The national heritage site, Anahita Temple stands atop a mound, 32 m above the grounds. As a fire temple for revering and respecting Anahita, water guardian and beauty and fertility goddess, it endured dramatic changes with the emerging Islam and therefore, ambiguities about the whole thing still exist in abundance. But according to some historical records, the temple’s development apparently dates to 3 Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid eras.

The Hellenistic creation with staircases on either north or south side leads to the main quarter. The second most gigantic stone structure, led by magnificent Persepolis, is now a destination for history lovers and typical tourists. You should just suffice to visiting ruins as the site doesn’t present enough information about the architectural style and history. You must be lucky to have an interpreter around to enjoy your visit most.

Visit times are from 8 am to 8 pm. The best view, though, can be captured in sunset when you will be astonished by the glory and marvel of the awe-inspiring remains of the old Persia.

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