Bistoun complex of Kermanshah

Bistoun

Bistoun complex of Kermanshah

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Bistoun Complex is one of the most beautiful historical and archaeological sites of Iran that has been registered as a world heritage site in 2006. It is located along ancient Silk route and was linking Iranian plateau with Mesopotamians.

This complex contains several items from ancient days of Persia especially from Elamite, Achaemenid, Medes, Parthians and Sassanid and even in Islamid periods it has been always a hub for rulers and kings to stay there.

People are of the opinion that the principal monument of this archaeological site is bas-relief of Darius and his cuneiform when he rose to his throne to become an emperor of great Persia back in 521 BC which talks about his activities during his kingdom.

There are more items and buildings in this archaeological site such as Khosrow Parviz palace, Caravansary, few relieves from Parthians that are all extraordinary or even the statue of Hercules from Seleucids is very interesting in architecture point of view. 

What makes this visit very special is, bas-relief of Farhad which is also called Farhad Carving that all locals strongly believe this has been done all by his hand in order to prove his love to Shirin who had become an spouse of King Parviz.

It is just located right at the end of the complex and is reachable by walking about few hundred meters. Archaeologists were struggling to find whether this is a true story or not at last they found a female relief on this carving that looks like her dream.

We would highly recommend to take a look at this site which give an opportunity to get acquainted with Iranian history, culture as well as Iranian architecture especially by visiting Khosrwo Parviz Palace, relief of Mehrdad, Elamite gods and goddesses as well as Caravansary which represents Islamic architecture.

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