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Historic Monument of Kangavar

Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (iii)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:
Kangavar, Kermanshah  Province
Ref.: 5189

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A monument known as the Temple of Anahita built on a rock platform overlooking the plain of Kangavar. This is a huge building measuring 220m×212m. The monument has a two-sided stairway on its southern front and a one-sided stairway at its northeastern corner. Historical sources and archaeological evidence attribute this monument to the Achaemenid period until the Islamic period.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

The existing remains, historic sources, archaeological discoveries and the researches carried out.

Comparison with other similar properties

Takht-e Madar-e Soleyman at Pasargadae, the famous monument of Anahita in Bishabur, Takht-e Neshin in Firuzabad and Takht-e Soleyman.